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How to Blur the Background of Photo in Canva
  • By Design Bundles
  • 08 Jul 2021
  • 5 Mins
  • Canva Tutorials

How to Blur the Background of Photo in Canva

Bokeh effect or out-of-focus blur in the background of your photos...

Bokeh effect or out-of-focus blur in the background of your photos gives your portrait an aesthetic quality and professional look. You can achieve it with a special camera lens and photography skills. But did you know that with Canva, you can create the same effect with just a few steps?

In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how you can create a fake blur or bokeh effect behind your photo in Canva. You will need a feature from the Pro subscription which is background remover to be able to do this.

Step 1 - Insert your photo to Canva

Create a new document, and upload the image from your computer. From the side panel, click on the Uploads tab and then click on Upload Media.

Upload stock photo in Canva

Click Upload from Device and select the image you’d like to work with. We’ll be using this woman shopping photo from the Design Bundles Plus Membership. Click open and wait for the upload.

Stock photo of woman shopping

Once uploaded, your image will then show up in the Gallery tab. Click on the image you just uploaded, it will be inserted into your canvas. Position your photo by clicking any of the white circle handles on the corner and drag it out.

position stock photo in canvas

Step 2 - Duplicate your photo

Duplicate your photo and paste it to a new canvas by clicking the “duplicate page” button.

duplicate stock photo

You now have two photos.

stock photo of woman shopping

Step 3 - Remove the background of your photo

Remove the background of your second photo by clicking on the Effects button on the top corner and select Background Remover. For the complete tutorial on removing photo background, check out our tutorial on how to use the background remover tool.

Use Canva background remover

Step 4 - Use the Blur Effect in Canva

Go back to your original photo and with it selected, click the “adjust” button from the toolbar above. Add some blur by dragging the blur slider to the right. We’ll go with 12. Try not to make it too blurred to make it look natural.

Use blur effect in Canva

Bring your second photo back with the background removed and position it exactly where it was.

bring your stock photo back

Step 5 - Use other filter adjustments

You can also play around with the other adjustments like desaturating your background by dragging the saturation slider to the left to make your subject stick out.

Use other filter adjustments in Canva

There you have it, a blurred photo background in Canva.

For more Canva tutorials, check out our guide on how to make a digital calendar and how to use alternate glyphs.


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