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Blur Images And Create Depth Of Field With The Blur Tool

By Melanie Doncas | Basic Photo Editing Photo Editor Tutorials

While capturing blurry photos isn’t always ideal, great photos often require just the right amount of blur to bring out details in the right places and add overall intrigue. Think of images with blurred backgrounds while everything in the foreground is crisp and clear. Or dreamier imagery where the entire photo is slightly blurred.

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Whatever look you’re going for, the Blur tool in BeFunky’s Photo Editor can help you blur images a little or a lot - all in a few clicks! Whether you wish to blur photos to create mesmerizing depth of field, add surreal effects or draw your audience’s attention to what matters most–this tool lets you do all it all, and more. In order to turn your photographs into masterpieces, you need to embrace the blur!

Your Handy Guide To Photo Blurring

Don’t know where to start when it comes to blurring images? That’s ok. We’ll show you our favorite looks you can create with the Blur tool, then we’ll show you how to achieve them in the next section. Here are a few instances where the Blur tool really comes in handy:

Blur Backgrounds In Photos

If you’ve ever struggled with depth of field, you can fake it till you make it with the Blur tool. By using it in Paint Mode, you’re able to paint your desired amount of blur only on the parts of the images you want. In this case, it’s totally effective to create that blurry background you’re wanting.

how to blur background in photos with BeFunky

Blur The Entire Image

If a surreal effect is more what you’re after, you can use the Blur tool to blur images entirely. This effect only takes a click, but it really adds intrigue and dreamlike perception to your imagery.

how to blur photos with BeFunky

Get Rid Of Distracting Details

Have you ever wanted to add text to photos or place graphics on top of an image, only to find that all of the details in the photo distract from the focal point? The Blur tool will change all of that. By blurring your image before placing text and graphics, you’re able to keep the focus where it needs to be, all the while keeping the color and added appeal of your imagery.

add text to photos and blur backgrounds with BeFunky

However you want to blur photos, the Blur tool will not let you down. We’ll show you how easy it is to create whatever look you’re going for.

How To Blur Photos In BeFunky

To get started, upload your photo to BeFunky’s Photo Editor by selecting your image file from the Open tab at the top, or simply dragging-and-dropping the image right into the interface. In the Edit menu on the left, click on the Blur tool.

Use the blur tool

Once you’ve clicked on the Blur tool, you’ll find that the entire image becomes blurred. If you’d like to blur the entire photo, simply use the Blur Amount slider to increase or decrease the amount of blur to your liking.

Adjust the strength of the blur

Pro Tip: The BeFunky science behind this is simple: the Blur image tool removes hard lines, softens sharp details, and mutes your images so your text or design takes center stage (and really pops!).

If you’d rather blur only portions of your image, then using the Eraser Tool is for you. Click the Erase tab next to Adjust in the Blur tool menu, and you’ll have the ability to blur selected parts of your image and choose which sections remain sharp and in focus. After adjusting the Brush Size, Brush Hardness, and Brush Strength accordingly, simply paint over the areas of your image where you want to remove the blur. If you’d rather paint on the blur as opposed to removing it, click the Inverse icon (two overlapping squares) to revert your image back to its original state, then paint the blur where you’d like it.

Erase and add blur to your photo

Pro Tip: To create depth of field, use the Blur image tool on the background or ‘furthest point’ in your image. This will draw even greater attention to your foreground. Or, apply the Blur image tool to the foreground and set your image’s subject into the middle ground.

If you’d like to adjust the amount of blur after you’ve painted over areas of your photo, just click back over to the Adjust tab. Use the slider to increase or decrease the Blur Amount and get the perfect amount.

Adjust the strength of the blur in your photo

Once you’re happy with your work, click the blue checkmark to apply the effect. From there, you can keep on editing with BeFunky’s vast library of photo editing tools and effects, or click the Save button at the top of the Photo Editor to save your work.

Before And After

With BeFunky’s Blur tool, it’s so easy to blur photos to your desired look, whether you want to add surreal effects or create dramatic depth of field.

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If you're into photo blurring, there are tons of other tools to check out in the Blur & Smooth section of BeFunky’s Photo Editor. Use the Funky Focus tool to take the 'blur photo' effect to the next level with color inversion, pixelation and other effects you won't find anywhere else. If you’re into dreamier photo blurring, check out the Soften tool to control lightness and surrealism. However you want to blur photos, BeFunky will help you make it happen! Click the link below to get started:

Photo Editing, Simplified.

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