Blurring the Background

Clive R. Haynes FRPS


We often wish to blur the background of a subject to add a sense of depth or to simulate 'depth of field'. The simple ploy of copying the layer, blurring the one beneath, then using a layer mask on the upper layer to reveal the blurred background can, however, cause an unwanted blurry 'halo' around the subject.  There is a better way.

First of all let's look at the problem.
The example shows the result of adopting the simple method described above.  The blurry 'halo' can clearly be seen.


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