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Darth Hamster
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Blur background layer without creating "halo" around subject

Aug 7, 2012 8:23 PM

Tags: #mask #blur #halo

I have a picture of a baseball player with grandstands and spectators in the background. To focus attention on the subject, I want to blur and slightly darken everything but the player (subject).

 

So I duplicated the background layer and created a mask over the player. Then I selected the background layer, added lens blur, and darkened it.

 

The problem is that this step blurs the image of the subject in the background, causing it to extend out beyond the masked image of the subject on the foreground layer, creating a ghostly "halo" effect.

 

I've tried creating an inverted mask on the background layer, but that doesn't work. Does anyone have any suggestions?

 

Thanks.

 

Photoshop PS6, Windows 7

 
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  • Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 7, 2012 8:47 PM   in reply to Darth Hamster

    You want the isolated player above the blurred background.

    So, you want the inverse of that mask on top layer, and the bottom layer is the blurred original image.

     

    Or you could have just used a selection of the background around the player and apply the blur through the selection.

     
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    Aug 7, 2012 9:38 PM   in reply to Darth Hamster

    Expand the selection a bit then Content Aware Fill the player out of the background before blurring it.

     

    -Noel

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Aug 8, 2012 5:27 AM   in reply to Darth Hamster

    Control-click the mask to use it as a selection.

     

    -Noel

     
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