How to Blur the Background of Photos Using Canva
Written by Casey Botticello
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Introducing a background blur to your photos can draw attention to a specific subject, such as an individual in a portrait or an item in a still life, while adding a professional flair to your image. This beautiful background blur, also known as bokeh, can be achieved even after shooting your photo, thanks to advances in free photo editing software, such as Canva.
Below is an example of a photo that has a shallow depth of field, where the subject is kept sharp but everything in front and behind of it is blurred:
As you can see, the light bulb (the focus of the image) is sharp, while the background is quite blurry.
However, this effect was created by the photographer. What if we wanted to blur the background of an otherwise clear image, such as the example below:
In the image above, there is some natural blurring of the background, but it is still clearly visible. However, we can use Canva to increase the blur effect of the background, highlighting the woman in the foreground:
Steps to Blur the Background of a Photo in Canva
For the purposes of this Canva tutorial, we will be recreating the image seen above, although the blur can be applied to any image background.
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