This result seems very natural and very lifelike. There are numerous tutorials on how to blur the background of a picture, but the most of them either crop out the feet or have an odd halo around the edges.

To achieve a much better and more realistic-looking result, just a little amount of additional effort is needed for this Photoshop tutorial. Perhaps 30% more work might provide a 300% better-looking outcome.

I’ll demonstrate how to make a gradient background blur for you. The quantity of visible clutter will decrease. It elevates the appearance of the shot and highlights your subject.

STEP 1 Let’s start with this image I took from Adobe Stock.

STEP 2 The second step is to remove our topic from the image. Pull out the Quick Select Tool.

Make a broad selection that includes our topic. It’s helpful to select more than necessary, then use the Alt or Option key to choose only the parts that we just overselected and that might be a little challenging to access.

Choose Mask > Select.
Grab the tiny object that resembles a brush with hair on it.
You want to sort of select the edge of the hair and improve it a little bit, so move around the edge. Pick up some of the backdrop there and some of the flyaway hairs.
You can use the transparency slider to see if there are any areas that you could be overlooking or that you wish to cover more thoroughly.

Increase the radius using the Show Edge tool until you can just make out the edge.

Now that Show Edge is disabled, you can see how much better the selection is.

Select “New Layer with Layer Mask” from the menu. then press OK.

For the time being, hide our woman layer by clicking the tiny eye icon on the layers panel.

Select the backdrop.
Ctrl/Cmd Even if you are currently working on the backdrop, click on the hidden layer mask mask to load its selection.

To achieve a more seamless outcome, we will broaden the selection.
STEP 5 Select Modify Expand from the menu.

10 pixels should be fine.

Finally, we merely want to add content awareness to the selection, so press Windows’ Shift Delete or Shift Backspace keys.

Deciding on Content Aware. Select OK.

Ctrl D is used to deselect.

You can now view the picture without our topic in it. It’s okay if there are a few leftover pieces and fragments here and there. Since you’ll be blurring that anyway, it doesn’t need to be pixel-perfect. And that’s precisely what our next action entails.

Now that the background is blurred, our woman won’t be affected because she is on a distinct layer. Additionally, since we employed Content Aware to mend certain edges, we won’t have “halos” surrounding those areas.

Re-enable the lady layer so that we can see the outcome as we work.
Ensure that the selected layer is still the background layer. then select Field Blur under Filter>Filter Gallery. For depth of field, use field.

You’ll see a pin represented by a small circle. By using your mouse pointer on this circle you can decide how much you really want to blur it.

One pin will do if we want to blur the entire picture, although the area surrounding her feet in the foreground would appear strange if we did. It simply wouldn’t integrate well with the rest of the image. You must therefore develop a second point.
By clicking, a second point is created. Define the blur. You want to set it to zero in this situation. Press the Command or Ctrl keys.

Hold Cmd/Ctrl+ double-click, and that takes that to zero.

In between those two places, Photoshop blurs.

After that, you can use the slider or choose the first pin and drag on the circle to change the blur’s intensity. Take it all the way down if you have no desire at all. Set it to high if you want a completely hazy background.

When you locate the ideal blur, simply click “OK” to use it.

Here is the finished product of our great work:

To examine the before and after of the effect you just produced, hold down Shift and click the layer mask.

I sincerely hope you liked this instruction.

You won’t miss a single tutorial if you sign up for our newsletter.

Submit a comment. What are your favourite methods that you enjoy using? What else do you want to learn? Tell me in the comments section below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *