How to blur image in photoshop?

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Table of contents

  • Create a duplicate copy
  • Open the blur tool
  • Set blur tool options
  • Paint blur on image
  • Duplicate copy
  • Convert to smart object
  • Select a blur filter
  • Enter blur settings

Method 1: How to Use the Photoshop Blur Tool?

The Blur tool in Photoshop works like the Paintbrush tool.

Open your image in Photoshop.

How to add images in photoshop?

Photoshop, open-image

Step 1: Create a duplicate copy

You can do this by right-clicking on the layer and selecting Duplicate Layer Ctrl+J.

Photoshop, background-copy

Step 2: Open the blur tool

In the toolbar, select the Blur tool. It looks like a teardrop. It is grouped with the Smudge and Sharpen tools.

Photoshop, blur-tool

Step 3: Set blur tool options

Set up the Blur tool in the options bar that appears at the top of the workspace. You have many of the same options as the paintbrush. Change the size and character of the brush.

Photoshop, normal-mode

Step 4: Paint blur on image

Drag the Blur tool over the area you want to change. Blurring some areas will make the sections in focus stand out. You can build up the blur by painting over an area several times.

Photoshop, blur

Method 2: How to use a blur filter?

The Blur tool works great to blur a small section of your image. If you want more blur, use one of Photoshop’s many Blur filters.

Step 1: Duplicate copy

Make a copy by going to the Layer drop-down menu and selecting Layer > Duplicate Layer (Ctrl or Command+J).

Photoshop, duplicate-layer

Step 2: Convert to smart object

Right-click on the duplicate layer and select Convert to Smart Object. A symbol appears in the lower right-hand corner of the thumbnail.

Photoshop, convert-to-smart-object

Step 3: Select a blur filter

Let’s start by choosing Filter > Blur. (We will explore the Blur Gallery in the next section.) From this menu, you can choose the following options and more:

Color, blur-motion

Step 4: Enter blur settings

Enter the amount of blur you want in the Distance box or use the slider. Select a blur in the range from 1 to 2000. You can see the effect in the Preview window.

Color, motion-blur

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