This Photoshop tutorial shows how to make a blended background blur, so you can show the whole body and have the background blurred in a realistic way without halos.
This is a very real and natural looking effect. While there are many tutorials on blurring the background of a photo, most of them either cut off the feet, or have a weird looking halo around the edges.
This Photoshop tutorial requires just a little bit of extra work to get a much better and more realistic looking result. maybe 30% more effort for a 300% better looking result.
I’m going to show you how to create a gradient background blur. It’s going to reduce the amount of visual clutter. It makes the photograph look more high-end and makes your subject stand out.
We will begin with this photo that I grabbed from Adobe Stock.
Click on Show Edge tool and Increase the radius until you just start to see the edge.
Turn off Show Edge and you can now see that the selection has improved.
Choose “New Layer with Layer Mask” option. Then click OK.
10 pixels should be fine.
And now,we just want to fill the selection with content aware, so hit the Shift Delete / Shift Backspace (Windows).
Choose Content Aware. Click OK.
Hit Ctrl D to deselect.
Now you will be able to see the photo without our subject. There may be little bits and remnants left here and there – and that’s perfectly fine. It doesn’t have to be pixel-perfect because you’re going to be blurring that anyway. And that’s exactly what our next step is about…
Now we will blur the background and it’s not going to affect our woman because she’s on a separate layer. Also, we’re not going to get “halos” around the edges because we’ve used the Content Aware to heal those edges.
Photoshop blurs between those two points.
8. When you find that perfect blur just click OK to apply
And here’s our nice work completely done:
Shift+click the layer mask to see the before/after of the effect you have just created.
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