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How to blur something in Photoshop?

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Often while editing a picture, you’ll realise that you need to blur out a particular part of your photo. It can be someone’s face, a license plate or just a simple sign.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at how you can blur particular regions of your image.

Blurring regions in Photoshop

Step 1: As always fire up Photoshop and load the image you want to edit. I’m going to use this photo of myself, and I’ll be blurring out my face here.

Step 2: Apply all your edits first. Blurring should preferably be done at the end.

Step 3: Select the region you want to blur. You can use any one the selection tools for the job. In this case, I’m going to use the Elliptical marquee tool. Make sure your selection is slightly bigger than the region you want to blur for the best results.

Step 4: Let’s add a feather to our selection to ensure that the blur blends in nicely with the image. It isn’t mandatory, but it’ll give you a more polished result. Right-click on your selection and select Feather.

Step 5: Enter a suitable feather radius. I’m going to pick 20 pixels; your mileage may vary. Click OK when done.

Step 6: Now, it’s time to add the blur. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Step 7: Select the amount of blur you would like by adjusting the radius, and you’re good to go. Click OK when you’re done.

Also read: How to remove people and objects from your photos in Photoshop?

How to pixelate something on Photoshop instead of blurring?

If in case you want to pixelate the region instead of blurring, follow these steps

Step 6: Go to Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic…

Step 7: Adjust the Cell Size to your liking. Click OK when done.

And there you go. That’s how you blur out a particular region from your photos in Photoshop.

Also read: How to restore out of focus photos in Photoshop?

How to blur something in Photoshop Express app?

If you’re on the Android/iOS app for Photoshop, here’s how you can achieve the desired effect.How to blur something in Photoshop? | Candid.TechnologyLoad your image, slide over to the Effects panel and select blur. Make sure the radial option is selected. Now adjust the size of the filter to your desired setting and then set the blur amount. Also, make sure that you’ve checked the Inverted box.

Also read: How to upload tall portraits on Instagram?


Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: