How to Blur the Background, in Photoshop

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Blur the Background

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)
  • done!


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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With 30 years experience I believe I can help you do just that. So, if you’re ready… let’s do it!

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