I’m going to be honest & upfront. I did not think of this idea all by myself. Whomever thought up the promo for Netflix’s 13 Reason’s Why gets that credit. But. I love this! I am suddenly finding six million and one reasons to do this to every photo.
You know how when you have a subject you photographed beautifully? But everything around said subject is 1) in the photo; and 2) not doing what you want! It can be color issues, background issues, people issues. There are SO many issues when trying to find the perfect photo of your perfect subject.
I have a solution! I found a way to frame my subject, keep the original photo, but blur out all the non-cooperative parts. I absolutely love the results. I think you will too. Take a look, and then give the Blur + Focus Frame technique a try.
This is remarkably easy to do! Scroll down below & pick up my free Blur + Focus Frame Template. It doesn’t do all the work for you, but it does a big chunk of it! Now grab your favorite, flawed, photo and let’s get to work.
- Open the Blur + Focus Frame Template. Be sure you choose the right one for your photo size. I’ve included both Full-Size and Web-Size versions.
- Drag in your photo just above the Background layer
- Now create a copy of your photo by duplicating your photo layer. One way is to right-click and select Duplicate Layer. Be sure you are on your original photo layer when you do this.
- Once you have your duplicate layer, bring it to the front of your document/layers palette.
- Click on Layer in the top menu bar
- Click on Arrange in the drop down menu
- Click on Bring to front in the fly out menu
- Make sure you stay on your photo copy in the Layers Palette; then right-click and select create Clipping Mask
- Now move the frame to center your favorite part. Click on the Polaroid Frame layer in the Layer Palette. All the important layers are linked and will move as one unit.
Important: Do not select your photo layer too! Both your photo layers must not be moved!
- Once you have your frame in place, you can also resize the frame to better fit your subject.
Important: Do not select your photo layer. Only select Polaroid Frame!
- It’s time to blur the background. Be sure you are on your original photo layer in the Layer Palette. Not on your copy!
- Click on Filter in the top menu bar
- Click on Blur in the drop down menu
- Click on Gaussian Blur in the fly out menu
- A Gaussian Blur menu box will pop up. All you need to do is slide the slider to set the blur you desire. In general, I like a Radius of 10 pixels. Feel free to experiment. You will find your gaussian blur settings will change depending on your photo and it’s innate background blur. Click OK to accept your gaussian blur preference.
- There is only one thing left to do! I’ve included a Brightness Adjustment Layer for your original photo. Simply adjust the Fill slider to make it brighter or darker.
My photo & final result:
That’s it! Have some fun with this & play away. You can download the free Blur + Focus Template freebie HERE: