ON ONE OF MY LAST FASHION POST I had a blurred background picture and one of the readers asked me how I blur the background like this. I wanted to share this tip with you guys as it sometimes can be a lifesaver to us fashion blogger. Sometimes I don’t want the background details to cover the outfit I am wearing or capture the attention, to I just blur it and also it can work when you have some other people in the picture that you don’t want to concentrate on. This feature doesn’t need a special camera or a special lens, all you need it just a good picture you like and a photoshop and you are good to go.
First you need to choose the picture that you want to blur the background on (CTRL+O). Next you have to choose the quick selection tool from the left tool bar. It looks like the one selected in the picture.
Second this you got to do is to choose the parts where you want to concentrate or select it. One of the best things about this tool is that photoshop is smart enough to understand what parts you want to choose and will select a big portion of it. If there are some parts that photoshop selected and you don’t like, just choose the – sign and start pressing on it and it will just go away. If you want to control the size of the tool, you would find it as the circle with the number under it on the upper tool bar. It is a picture of you, I advise you to be careful on selecting and deselecting because it would be really apparent after you blur.
Third you need to press refine edges as shown in the picture. On the smooth option, change it as desired. Usually I just make it till fifty not more or less. Press ok when you finish.
Fourth, right click on the image and choose select inverse. This would select everything in the picture instead of you and the blur would take notice of only the background.
Fifth on the menu bar, choose filter, blur and then lens blur as shown in the picture. Make sure you select lens blur to get the same result of blur as the camera lens would have taken.
Sixth, on the radius option control it as desired. Usually I would blur it from 10 to 20 according the amount of blur I want in the background.
Viola, you got your blurred image.
If you already edited the picture before selecting the part, you need to get back on the background layer before applying the blur filter or otherwise it won’t work.
If you selected before adjusting you image, all you need is to get back on the background layer in order for the adjusting to work on all the image, not just the selected part.
I hope you got the desired information from this tutorial and please leave in a comment if you would desire any other photoshop or blogging tips tutorial, so I can do it and post it for you.