How to Blur Objects in Photoshop | IceflowStudios

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In today’s tutorial, learn how to easily blur the background behind your transparent elements in Photoshop. This is perfect when designing website mockups!

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Tools used in this tutorial:

Smart Objects: By converting a layer to a Smart Object, you’re able to maintain the layer’s original state, allowing you to resize and add filters non-destructively. To convert a layer into a Smart Object, right click on the layer in your Layers Panel, and choose Convert to Smart Object.

Layer Masks: If there’s an area of your layer that you wish to hide (or bring back), Layer Masks will help you do that. Painting using a black brush will hide portions of the layer, and painting with a white brush will reveal them.

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