Blurring backgrounds in photos with ENBLE

Blurring backgrounds in photos with ENBLE

The Art of Blurring: Enhance Your Photos with Background Blur

Introducing a background blur to your photos can transform a simple image into a stunning work of art. The technique, also known as bokeh, focuses attention on a specific subject while adding a professional touch to your photographs. While this effect was traditionally achieved during the photoshoot, advancements in editing software now enable you to create it after capturing the image. In this article, we will guide you through the process of adding background blur on various platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS.

Blurring photos on iOS

If you own an iPhone, you’re in luck as Apple’s iOS provides a built-in feature called Portrait Mode that automatically blurs the background. Although it works best for photos of people, it can occasionally produce satisfactory results with other subjects. However, if your photo wasn’t taken in Portrait Mode, don’t worry. You can still achieve the desired effect using third-party apps such as Snapseed. Developed by Google, Snapseed is a free and user-friendly photo editing app available on the App Store.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to blurring photos on iOS using Snapseed:

  1. Grant the app permission to access your photos, and then select the photo you wish to edit.
  2. Locate and tap the Portrait button, conveniently positioned in the lower-right corner of the screen.
  3. With your finger, trace the outline of the subject you want to keep in sharp focus.
  4. If necessary, fine-tune the intensity of the blur and adjust the brush size using the provided sliders.
  5. After completing the editing process, tap the checkmark icon in the lower-right corner to save your work.
  6. Finally, select the Save button in the upper-right corner to preserve your masterpiece.

Blurring photos on Android

While specific Android phones, such as Samsung’s Galaxy lineup, offer built-in Portrait Mode capabilities similar to iOS, not all Android devices have this feature integrated into the stock camera app. In such cases, we recommend downloading the Canva mobile app from the Google Play Store to achieve background blur effortlessly.

Here’s a simple guide to blurring photos on Android using the Canva app:

  1. Launch the Canva app on your Android device and sign in or create a new account.
  2. Once you’re logged in and have granted Canva access to your photos, tap the purple Plus sign icon at the bottom of your screen.
  3. From the media selection screen, choose a photo you want to edit.
  4. In the top-right corner of the next screen, tap Edit photo.
  5. On the photo editor screen, navigate to the Effects menu and select “Effects” again.
  6. A word of caution: Ignore the “Blur” option and choose “Auto focus” instead. The Blur option blurs the entire photo, while Auto focus allows you to selectively blur the background.
  7. By default, Canva already applies some background blur while focusing on the main subject. However, you can fine-tune the blur intensity and focus position using the respective sliders.
  8. Once satisfied with the result, tap the Save button in the top-right corner. You can access your edited images in the Projects section.

Blurring photos on Windows/macOS

Windows and macOS offer built-in apps that allow you to apply background blur quickly. However, for more advanced editing options, we recommend using Adobe Photoshop, one of the most popular photo-editing packages available. If you prefer alternative applications, you can refer to our list of the best Photoshop alternatives.

To create a simple background blur using Adobe Photoshop, follow these steps:

  1. Open the desired photo in Photoshop by selecting “File” and then “Open.”
  2. In the Layers section on the right side of the screen, right-click on your photo and choose “Duplicate layer.”
  3. With the duplicated layer selected, apply a Gaussian Blur filter by navigating to “Filter” > “Blur” > “Gaussian Blur.” Set the radius to 50 and click OK.
  4. Next, select the Erase tool from the left-hand toolbar. You may want to adjust the hardness of the tool to around 50% using the top toolbar.
  5. Carefully erase the areas where you want the image to remain clear and sharp. This may require some patience and attention to detail.
  6. If necessary, adjust the size of the erase tool using the Size adjuster in the top toolbar to work on finer details.
  7. Save the image by selecting “File” > “Save.” Additionally, you can export a smaller version suitable for web or social media by choosing “File” > “Export” > “Export as…”
  8. Pro tip: To better observe fine details while working, you can temporarily adjust the opacity of the blurred layer using the Opacity selector. Remember to restore the original setting once you finish editing.

While this technique provides a quick and simple way to add background blur in Photoshop, it may not yield the most realistic results. For more precise control over blur and the ability to simulate depth-of-field falloff, consider using Photoshop’s Field Blur tool.

Fast blurring with web app Fotor

If you’re looking for a quick and hassle-free solution without downloading additional apps, web-based photo editors can come to the rescue. Fotor, a popular web app, offers a straightforward background blur feature.

Here’s how you can blur photos using Fotor:

  1. Visit the Fotor web app by clicking on the provided link.
  2. Select “Open image” in the top menu to upload your photo.
  3. In the Adjust menu on the left-hand side, scroll down until you find the “Advanced edits” section.
  4. Under Advanced Edits, choose “Background blur,” which automatically blurs part of the background. Please note that Fotor applies a watermark to your image by default, which you can remove by signing up for a free trial.
  5. Adjust the blur intensity using the Blur radius slider.
  6. Once you’re satisfied with the result, click the blue Apply button.
  7. Finally, select the blue Download button at the top of the screen to download your edited image. Please be aware that downloading may require signing up for a free trial (with payment information) to unlock the premium features.

Alternatively, Fotor also offers a more basic Blur tool that doesn’t require signing up for a free trial. By selecting this option, you can still achieve a blurred background without any watermarks, provided you avoid using other premium features.

By following these methods on different platforms, you can effortlessly add background blur to your photos, transforming them into captivating visual experiences. Experiment with this technique and unlock your artistic potential with every click.