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Photoshop Tip: Background Blurring

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In this quick tutorial, learn how to artificially blur out the background of your photo, leaving just the subject in focus.

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First open up your photo in Photoshop.

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Use the Quick Selection tool to make a selection around the object you want to remain in focus.

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Go to Select>Refine Edge, and tidy up the selection. Change the Output to Layer Mask.

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Next go to Filter>Blur>Lens Blur.

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Change the Source to Layer Mask, and tick the Invert box.

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Now play around with the sliders until you are happy with the amount of blur in the background. When you're finished, click OK to apply the effect.

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Now you can disable or delete the layer mask.

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And here's the final result.

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