DIY Cool Photoshop Effects: Blurring
First and foremost, we need to get our original photo into Adobe Photoshop. Once Photoshop is opened, you can either drag and drop your picture directly into photoshop, or simply select import from the files tab and choose your picture.
Now that we have our picture inside PS, we want to duplicate it. Do this by clicking on the Layers tab, and selecting duplicate layer. Once done, make sure this new duplicated tab is the one that is selected. In the tabs section again, select Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Adjust the settings enough so that the image is still visible and clear enough to generally tell what it is, but enough so that the blur is noticeable.
After choosing your settings, click ‘ok’ and your layer should be blurred. If you did not want the whole entire picture to be blurred, you can fix this with the eraser tool. It is located on the left hand side of Photoshop and is shaped just like an eraser. With this you can adjust size and hardness, and slowly erase sections of your image so that they begin to turn back to your original, “normal” photo. Don’t forget to save frequently! -Chris W. cgw8