Getting background blur in Photoshop can be done in several different ways. There are several filters you can use. However, there is no standard background blur filter in Photoshop. The background blur will be based on the mood or feel you want to convey with your photo.
When you look at background blur examples, remember that the
the background blur effect is not always about softening the image. This is one of the biggest misconceptions I’ve heard among people who don’t understand how background blur works. Background blurs are used for different reasons, but this isn’t always about diffusing or softening images. Many photographers use background blurs to create pieces with an artistic feel, while some photographers use them purely for technical purposes. Things like using background blur for background replacement fall under the technical category.
Before we get started, the last thing I want to mention is that
background blurs can be used in several different ways, and they aren’t always applied to complete images. I’ll touch more on this later, but background blurs can also be used in smaller regions of an idea like hair or to
make background elements look less distracting by defocusing them slightly.
The first step when trying to add background blur is
Decide how much background blur you want. If you’re looking to soften the background, there’s no need to go overboard with your settings because sometimes softening everything up too much can take away from an image instead of adding value. But if you’re doing background replacement and you want the
background to look like it’s moving, then it’s best to utilize more significant amounts of background blur.
Next, we want to figure out what method we will use for
background blur. There are pros and cons to both sides, so pick whichever one works best for your specific situation:- Zoom tool – Using the zoom tool is very simple because all you
have to do is select the area that you want the background blurred and then move your mouse around until you get the desired background blur effect that you’re looking for. You can also adjust how large an area of background blur you’d like by adjusting your brush size. Standard brush size will generally give a more uniform background blur than a smaller or larger-sized brush. The biggest drawback to the zoom tool is that you have no control over background blur after your initial background blur effect has been applied. You can’t go back and adjust any of the background blur settings once you’ve closed up your document, so it’s essential to get things looking exactly how you want them before you
close it up.
– Brush – Using a background blur brush in Photoshop gives you
more precise control than using the Zoom tool because background blur brushes allow for tweaking of background blur amounts, feathering, and edge smoothing all after the fact. This is one of my favorite techniques when doing background blurs because it allows me to fine-tune stuff and make sure everything looks just right. With this method, however, you’re going to need a background blur brush that has been properly configured. If you apply background blur with a round or oval brush, you’re not going to get the background blur effect you’re looking for.