Blurring the background of a photo removes many distractions. This effect is useful for enhancing portraits because it brings attention to the people in the foreground. Cameras capture many photos with a large depth of field, so the entire frame is in focus. Photoshop Elements 8 provides a Blur tool and blur filters that can obscure the background of any photo.
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Click the "Blur" tool's icon, which resembles a blue drop of water, in the Toolbox.
Go to the Options bar and set the tool's options. Preferences you can change include a brush tip and adjusting the strength of the blur.
Click and drag to blur the image background.
Pick a selection tool, such as a Lasso tool, the Magic Wand or the Quick Selection tool, from the Toolbox.
Use the tool to select the background.
Click "Filter," "Blur" and then choose either "Blur and Blur More" or "Gaussian Blur."
Modify the filter's settings to change the intensity of the blur effect.
Click "OK" to apply the blur filter.
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