There are plenty of great apps for blurring your photo. But sometimes you want a higher resolution version for your website or advertising. Don’t stress – I’ve got your back. My method for blurring photos easy, free and quick, and I’ve been using it for years.
Before we begin, it’s important to remember that photo blurring to protect your privacy isn’t an exact science. Depending on the type of blur you use, blurring can be ‘undone’, and obscuring your face does not hide you from facial recognition systems. Before you embark on a photo blurring spree, I urge you to consider whether blurring is right for you.
Ready to blur? Let’s go!
Right-click ‘Background’ on the ‘Layers’ panel on the right-hand side, and then select ‘Duplicate layer’ from the drop-down menu. You should now have two layers: ‘Background’ and ‘Background copy’.
On the top menu, click ‘Filter’ and then select ‘Gaussian blur’ from the drop-down menu. Use the slider to choose your preferred level of blur – the higher the number, the greater the blur. Click ‘OK’.
Select the Lasso Tool from the menu on the left-hand side. Click and drag the mouse to roughly select the area of the photo you DON’T want blurred. Then, press the delete button on your keyboard to remove the blurred area. Click once anywhere in the remaining blurred area to remove the dotted selection.
Select the Eraser Tool from the menu on the left-hand side.
Select an appropriate brush size and opacity using the menu at the top. Opacity refers to how transparent the brush is. At 100 the brush will leave harsh lines. For a softer transition, select opacity around 50. You may have to play around to find what works best for you.
Click and drag on your photo to erase the blur, so you are left with the area you wish to be blurred (e.g., your face).
BOOM, you’re done! Save and you’re good to go.
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