5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 8, 2012 5:27 AM by Noel Carboni

    Blur background layer without creating "halo" around subject

    Darth Hamster Level 1

      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?




      Photoshop PS6, Windows 7