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How to Blur Your Face in 5 Simple Steps

By Amelia P

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!

Step 1: Head to the Pixlr Editor and open your image


Step 2: Prepare

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’.


Step 3: Blur

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’.


Step 4: Refine

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.


Step 5: Perfect

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.

PRO TIPS:

  • Ensure you still have the ‘Background copy’ layer selected when using the eraser tool. If you have ‘Background’ selected while using the Eraser Tool you will erase the unblurred part of the image.
  • If you stuff up, click ‘Edit’ on the top menu and then ‘Undo’ (or Ctrl + Z on your keyboard).
  • When using the Eraser Tool, lift your finger from your mouse often. Lots of small strokes are better than one because if you do stuff up and need to undo something, you don’t lose all your work.


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Disclaimer: I cannot, and do not, speak for all sex workers. I speak from my experience of working in a legal brothel and as an independent escort in Australia. Where possible I try to be inclusive. However, I can’t relay every experience of sex work – especially if I haven’t experienced it myself.

I use affiliate links for some products in my blogs. This is an easy way for me to track which products you enjoy. I do earn a (very) small commission from this, depending on the product. All products recommended to you are products I truly use and enjoy.

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