Introduction to Blur Effect in GIMP
Blur Effect in GIMP works as an effect which we create by taking photos during DSLR camera that means the camera makes background blur excepting our main object or focal point. In GIMP you can create a blur effect by using different tools and features of this software which give you an image with a blurred background without disturbing your main object. Blur out any area in any image totally depends on you which means you are free to choose which area you want to make blur and on which area you want to focus on. So let us find out how we can do this?
How to create Blur Effect in GIMP?
Creating blur effect in GIMP is not a very difficult task for us because after learning the steps of doing this from this article it will become very handy for you. So what are you waiting for let us go through it?
This is the User screen of GIMP 2.10 version in which at the top we have a Menu bar with some menu tab such as File, Edit, so on. Below this, you will find the tool panel at the left side and their properties section below it. At the center, there is display window that shows us our work, and next to this window on the right side we have a layer panel with some other tabs.
Now let us place an image on which we create a blur effect so open the saved folder of your desired image and pick it from there then drag to the icon of GIMP at taskbar of your computer screen.
And release the mouse button after coming in GIMP software. Once you release the button this dialog box will be open. It is asking you, will you want to work with RGB color working space then hit on convert button or otherwise you can go with keep option. Here I will hit on the Convert button.
This is our image and here my main focus is the front girl and I will make background blur excepting this girl. Now Select the original layer and hit on the duplicate button for making a duplicate layer of this layer.
Now select a duplicate layer by click on it and go to Filters menu of Menu bar then click on it. Go to Blur option of scroll down list then choose Gaussian Blur option from new scroll down list of Blur option.
For setting parameters of blur intensity, a dialog box of Gaussian blur will be open. If you have preset then you can choose it directly from preset option.
Make click on Split View button of this dialog box so you can compare your original and blur image.
Now move the slider cursor on the Size X option for blurring pixel in x-direction. Due to the link button is On your chosen value for x-direction will automatically fill in y-direction (Size Y option).
You can enter the value by keyboard also. I will set 40 as their value and you can see the effect of blur on the split window of the image.
This is our blur image. Now click on the eye button of this layer for hiding it.
We will make a selection around this girl on the original layer with the Free Select Tool of the tool panel.
Make a selection like this. If you make a proper selection then it will be good and if there some requirement of improving in selection for perfect selection then we will do that in a later step.
Once you close the path with this tool then your made selection will active around this girl like this.
For soft selection add some feather to it. Go to the Select menu and click on the Feather option.
Give the value of feather in this box. I will give 5 as its value.
Now again click on the eye button of the blur layer of this image for un-hiding it then makes right-click on this layer then click on the Add Layer Mask option for adding a mask to this layer.
Now click on the Add button of the opened dialog box without disturbing other options of this box.
Now creating a mask of the selected area takes the Paint Brush tool from the tool panel.
Take a brush of Hardness 050.
Increase brush size according to your selected object.
Opacity should be 100%.
Now paint on the selected area with this brush. Don’t worry about areas beyond selection because brush only works on selected areas.
And you will get this type of un-blur area on your selection.
Now click on ‘None’ option of the Select menu for deselecting selection.
If you have this type of problem with your masked area then don’t worry.
Take brush tool, set its size according to area which you want to correct, and switch to white color as foreground color.
Now paint with a brush at an undesired area like this.
If you disturb some area on your main object during this work then don’t worry again.
Switch to black color as foreground color and paint out disturb area.
Now for adding a more natural look to this blur effect image, we have to make a nearby area of this girl clearly visible, not blurry. So select the Gradient tool.
Take black color as the foreground color.
Opacity at 60%.
Choose Foreground to Transparent option from this list.
Drag gradient cursor from bottom to top direction.
Choose the Foreground color (transparent) option from this list also.
Now you will have a clear area on the floor of this image.
If you want to add more clarity to the floor area then again take the brush tool and set opacity as 45%.
And move out brush on floor area which you want to make clear.
Now make right-click on the blur layer and choose the Apply mask layer option for applying this mask to your image.
Now you can see the difference between both images.
So what is your opinion about the learning blur effect from this article? I think your experience about learning this topic was good and now you can do this with your image with lots of fun and precision. Use blur options and analyze its parameters for better results.
This is a guide to Blur Effect in GIMP. Here we discuss the introduction and How to create Blur Effect in GIMP?. You can also go through our other related articles to learn more –
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