Learn how to blur a background, in Photoshop
Click to download the image to practice what you learn.
Blurring a background, in Photoshop, is easy. All you have to do is:
- make a selection
- feather the selection
- add a layer mask
- fine-tune the background edges (with the layer mask)
You know what’s even easier? Blurring the background in-camera!
That’s right, editing starts in camera. If I had taken the time to choose the proper lens and f/stop, I could have blurred the background in-camera (and saved a ton of time).
Plus, doing so would have provided better results. Nothing wrong with blurring the background in post-production. It just takes more time vs. doing it in-camera and the results are not as good.
When possible, ALWAYS do as much in-camera while shooting. Which means, in this case, using the right lens and aperture.
But, if you’re unable to blur the background in-camera, learn how to do so in Photoshop… better to watch the video tutorial (above) vs. me writing out a long list of instructions.
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