This would be a great tool if you could apply the background blur like a gradiant. Often the bottom of the picture is less out of focus than the center or top.
Try this in Full Edit:
- Open picture file
- Duplicate the background layer
- Blur the background copy layer (Filter>blur>surface blur)
- Add a mask to this layer. Left click on the mask
- Access a black brush and paint over the area that is to remain in focus. You can change the brush opacity to tailor the effect. If you go too far, you can correct with a white brush
Please report back with your progress.
my gradient tool no longer brings my image back into focus after adding blur. Sometimes it makes the selected area darker (but still blurred) and sometimes it simply does nothing (just leaves it blurred) How do I fix this? it used to work
You need to apply the gradient to the mask of the layer. Click on the mask thumbnail in the Layers Palette to make the mask active (it will be highlighted with an outline).