If you want to upgrade your smartphone photography game and make your photos more appealing, impressive and more professional looking – then, using theBlur Tool” in Photoshop cs6 is the thing for you.

I have been using my Samsung Galaxy s3 neo since 2014 and I still manage to make professional looking photos and “trick” people into thinking that I take photos with a DSLR.

You don’t have to be an expert in Photoshop to blur items and backgrounds. Just follow these instructions and these black&white arrows and you will see how simple and easy it actually is.
Plus, you will master it in no time.

 


Here are the tools I use in order to blur items or backgrounds on my photos:

 

Menu bar in photoshop cs6 explained

 

You can also check how I remove unwanted items, how I duplicate items or how I change their color.

 

  • Layers
    Before you even start removing items, you must learn how to use layers.
    Layers are photo adjustments that you can stack on top of your photo and you can add as many or as few as you like. And if you don’t like the outcome at the end, you can simply delete the layer without affecting the original photo.
    To add a layer (or duplicate it) hold “CTRL + j”

 

 

1. Gaussian blur


Add a new layer (press “CTRL + j).


Select “Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur”

Select “Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur”

 

Choose the intensity of the blur and press OK.

Choose the intensity of the blur and press OK.

 

Add a “Vector Mask” on the Layer.

Then, zoom in the photo. You can also zoom in by holding:
“CTRL and + “ for zooming in
or
“CTRL and – “ for zooming out.

Click on the Vector Mask (that we previously added to the Layer), select the Brush Tool (or click B on the keyboard (for choosing the brush) and reverse the color by clicking on the arrows or pressing X on your keyboard).
Make sure that 
the foreground color is black and the background color is white.

Add a “Vector Mask” on the Layer.

After you have set all of that, start painting on the object you don’t want to be blurred.
Brush over the object you want to stay in focus.

Don’t forget to increase and decrease your brush according to your need ( press [ or ] ).

If you accidentally made a mistake, just reverse the color (use white color) and paint over the mistake with the brush. This way, you can get the blur back.
To reverse the color, click on the small arrow above the colors or press x on your keyboard.

select the Brush Tool and start painting on the object you dont want to be blurred.

 

 

2. Precise selection with the Gaussian blur 


Add a new layer (press “CTRL + j).

Click and use any selection tool you like:
Quick Selection Tool,
Lasso Tool,
Polygonal Lasso Tool 
or

Magnetic Lasso Tool.
I am going to use the Quick Selection Tool.

Select the item that you would like to blur.

I am going to use the Quick Selection Tool. Select the item that you would like to blur.

 

Or if you want to blur the background, select the item that you want to stay in focus and after you have selected it, right-click on the mouse and select “Select Inverse”.

Select the item precisely with choosing the + or – to add or subtract from the selection.

Don’t forget to increase and decrease your brush ( press [ or ] ).

NOTE: If you are working on a photo with hair or some small details like that, right-click on the mouse and select “Refine Edge” which is right under the “Select Inverse” option. Then, just paint on the edge or the hair.

 if you want to blur the background, select the item that you want to stay in focus and after you have selected it, right-click on the mouse and select “Select Inverse”.

 

Then, choose “Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur” and press OK when you are done.

 If you are working on a photo with hair or some small details like that, right-click on the mouse and select “Refine Edge” which is right under the “Select Inverse” option. Then, just paint on the edge or the hair. Then, choose “Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur”

press OK when you are done.

 

Click “CTRL + D” to deselect the selection.

Click “CTRL + D” to deselect the selection.

 

 

3. Blur Tool


Add a new layer (press “CTRL + j).

Click and use any selection tool you like:
Quick Selection Tool,
Lasso Tool,
Polygonal Lasso Tool 
or

Magnetic Lasso Tool.
I am going to use the Quick Selection Tool.

Select the item that you would like to blur.

I am going to use the Quick Selection Tool. Select the item that you would like to blur.



Or if you want to blur the background, select the item that you want to stay in focus and after you have selected it, right-click on the mouse and select “Select Inverse”.

Select the item precisely with choosing the + or – to add or subtract from the selection.

Don’t forget to increase and decrease your brush ( press [ or ] ).

NOTE: If you are working on a photo with hair or some small details like that, right-click on the mouse and select “Refine Edge” which is right under the “Select Inverse” option. Then, just paint on the edge or the hair.

 right-click on the mouse and select “Select Inverse”.


Select the Blur Tool.

Play around with different brushes and with their hardness.
Also, move the slide on the blur’s strength and see what works best for you.

right-click on the mouse and select “Refine Edge” which is right under the “Select Inverse” option.

Select the Blur Tool and play with the different options.


Start brushing on the area that you would like the blur.

After you`re all done, click “CTRL + D” to deselect the selection.


When you`re all done, click “CTRL + D” to deselect the selection.

 

 



Orange Autumn leaf on a clean vintage white-ish background

Orange Autumn leaf on a blurred vintage white-ish background




Was this helpful?

If you have any kind of questions, feel free to comment and ask me.  I`d be more than glad to answer anything

 

Also, you can check how I remove unwanted items, how I duplicate items or how I change their color.

 

Upgrade your smartphone photography with Photoshop blur caption under a white keyboard on a white minimal background plus the photoshop logo