How to blur background in photos?

Blur background in the photo is an excellent idea. That is, several reasons. First, this is a good way to attract attention to a specific object (for example, a person or any subject). Secondly, the photo at the same time acquires some "professionalism".

The effect of blurring the background (also known as "bokeh") can be applied even after the photo has already been made. All thanks to the achievements in the field of editing software! Just below, we will tell you how to blur the photo on iOS, Android, Windows and MacOS.

Well, let's get start!


If you have not yet taken a picture, you can use Portrait mode, built into the camera application on iPhone. Yes, this function sometimes triggers when photographing various items, but still best suited for the shooting of people.

But if you have already taken a photo, you can create an effect with a third-party application. It is worth highlighting Blur Photo Editor Background from Connects Ltd. In the App Store, this tool allows you to edit photos with high accuracy, but for this you need to purchase a subscription worth 5 dollars per month.

For blurring the background on the finished photo, follow these steps:

  1. Provide access to access to Photos, then select the image you want to edit.
  2. Press the "Portrait" button in the lower right corner.
  3. Spend your finger over the object you want to keep in focus.
  4. If necessary, adjust the "Intensity" and "brush size" slider.
  5. Upon completion, click the Tick icon in the lower right corner.
  6. Press the "Save" button in the upper right corner to save the changes.


Some Android-based smartphones (for example, the Samsung (48] ruler (48] Galaxy) offer built-in portrait mode functions for automatic blur background in photographs.

Otherwise, we recommend Download Application Auto Blur Background from Judi Studio from the Google Play store.

After installing the app, do the following:

  1. Click the Portrait button.
  2. Share your photos with the app, then select the photo you want to edit.
  3. The application will immediately analyze and blur the background automatically. You can also select the Focus option (lower left corner) to manually focus and blur specific parts of the photo using the Draw and Eraser tools.
  4. Tap the "Blur" icon and adjust the slider to increase or decrease the intensity of the blur, then tap the "Back" arrow icon.
  5. When finished, click on the Save button in the lower right corner.

If you want to blur the background of an object using the app, select Landscape or Shape instead of Portrait at the very beginning.


Both Windows and MacOS have built-in applications for blurring the background of images, but we suggest using one of the most popular and affordable photo editing software, Adobe Photoshop.

After installing the program, do the following:

  1. Open the desired photo in Photoshop (File > Open).
  2. On the right side of the screen in the "Layers" section, right-click on the photo and select "Duplicate Layer".
  3. Make sure the top layer is selected and then apply the Gaussian Blur filter (Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur). Set the Radius value to 50 and then click OK.
  4. Then select the Eraser Tool from the panel on the left. You can adjust the hardness of the eraser to around 50% (on the top bar).
  5. Start erasing areas of the subject (those that should look sharp). Take your time as the process may require a bit of patience.
  6. If necessary, adjust the size of the eraser using the slider on the top toolbar - this will allow you to work with finer details.
  7. Save the image (File> Save). You can also export a smaller version directly to social networks ("File"> "Export"> "Export as...").

As you work, you can change the opacity of the blurred layer to better see fine details. To do this, select the desired layer in the "Layers" section and change the "Opacity" parameter. Don't forget to reset the parameter to its original value when finished.

This is one of the simplest and rapid ways to blur the background in Photoshop, but it should be recognized that the result will not be realistic.

web applications

If you do not want to download A new application or you have little time, then many web tools are available on the Internet for quickly blur photos. We recommend fotor - it is available by reference.

  1. Press "Open Image" and download the desired photo.
  2. Open the "Adjustment" menu on the left. Scroll to the "Extended Editing" graph.
  3. There you will see two options: "Spot" and "Blur - Brush".

"Spot" is rather a feature of autofocus, where you can choose between a circular or linear focusing, and, specify the area outside which everything will be blurred. There you can also adjust the focus field and the intensity of blur. When you finish the setting, click "Apply".

"Blur - brush" - manual focus. The function provides more control and allows you to adjust the details using the "brush" and "eraser" tools. But it can take longer. In addition, it is a premium function - to use it, you need to register and log in to the paid account to remove the watermark. The "stain" function is free and leaves no watermarks in the photo.

After selecting a suitable tool and photo processing, it remains only to click on the "Download" button in the upper right corner. Next you will be prompted to create a free account to download the edited photo.