How to Blur a Background Using Photoshop Elements 8

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How to Blur a Background Using Photoshop Elements 8
You can blur a background to create a focal point for an image. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

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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    Blur Tool

  1. 1

    Click the "Blur" tool's icon, which resembles a blue drop of water, in the Toolbox.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Click and drag to blur the image background.

    Blur Filters

  1. 1

    Pick a selection tool, such as a Lasso tool, the Magic Wand or the Quick Selection tool, from the Toolbox.

  2. 2

    Use the tool to select the background.

  3. 3

    Click "Filter," "Blur" and then choose either "Blur and Blur More" or "Gaussian Blur."

  4. 4

    Modify the filter's settings to change the intensity of the blur effect.

  5. 5

    Click "OK" to apply the blur filter.

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