Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Blurring a background, part of Photoshop CS6 Selections and Layer Masking Workshop.
At times, you may feel that an image has a little bit too much depth of field and …you'd like to blur the background. For example, here, I'd like to blur these …trees in the background so they're not so distracting from the flag in the foreground. …You might think this to be a very easy task. …We can simply select the area of the trees and apply a glossy and blur to it, …for example, but there's a problem with that. …I'll go ahead and just create a basic selection here. …I'll use the Quick Selection tool and paint across this background to create a selection. …And then, I'll chose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur from the menu to apply a …basic blurring effect. And you can see already in the preview …here that we've got a halo, a glow effect, around the flag.…
You can see the red and the blue, for example, bleeding off into that background. …And then obviously, is a bit of a problem. …But there's a way we can approach this blur that will bypass this problem altogether. …I'll go ahead and click the Cancel button. …
- Anti-aliasing and selections
- The case for not feathering selections
- Adding, subtracting, and intersecting
- Inverting a selection
- Mixing and matching selection tools
- Advanced selection techniques
- Creating composite images
- Applying targeted adjustments
Skill Level Beginner
Practical Photoshop CS5 Selectionswith Richard Harrington1h 8m Intermediate
Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Fundamentalswith Deke McClelland11h 36m Intermediate
1. Basic Concepts
2. Selection Tools
3. Advanced Selection Techniques
4. Creating Composite Images
5. Applying Targeted Adjustments
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