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Blurring an Area

It may seem contrary to your needs in most cases, but blurring part of an image can help camouflage an imperfection or achieve an effect. For example, it’s common to blur a portrait to achieve a dreamy effect or downplay skin imperfections. Or, you can blur certain parts of an image to call attention to the main subject of the image. The steps here explain how to blur an area in an image, which reduces the sharpness of any edges or reduces detail in the affected area.

NOTE

Photoshop includes filters that correspond with the capabilities of many of the tools described in this chapter. Use a filter when you want to change the appearance of a selection or a layer. Use a tool when you want to “paint” on a particular area to make a correction.


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