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Blur backgrounds for free

Instantly add depth of field, focus on the subject, and produce eye-catching images. Auto-blur the backdrop with Canva’s free online blur background tool.

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How to blur the background of a picture

Highlight the subject with one-click Auto Focus

Auto-adjust your photo

Make the subject the star of your photograph. Canva’s one-click Auto Focus tool automatically detects and sharpens the subject while blurring the background. Blur backgrounds quickly for all your projects, like product ads, professional headshots, or photo exhibits. Save time and effort that would’ve gone to tracing the subject’s outline and manually blurring the background.

Achieve depth of field in an instant

Achieve depth of field instantly

The Auto Focus tool blurs the background of a photo quickly and helps you achieve a strong sense of depth in your images, without costly equipment. Save unfocused shots or improve flat photos. Give your subject more definition and make cluttered backgrounds fade away. You’ll enhance visual impact, evoke a dreamy mood, and finish photo editing tasks easy-peasy.

Edit your background

Use auto-focus to blur the background

Go beyond background blur. With our powerful image editor(opens in a new tab or window), you can isolate the background and edit it independently, without changing the foreground. This means you can not only blur the background, but also change its brightness, contrast, vibrance, and more, while the subject remains the same. And if you’re on Pro, you can even remove the background(opens in a new tab or window) and replace it with your own photo or one of our free stock photos(opens in a new tab or window). All your image editing needs is in one, awesome platform.

How to blur the background in photos

How to blur the background in photos

Launch Canva to blur the background of your image online.

Upload your photo by selecting it from your device or dragging and dropping it onto the page.

Click Edit Photo and choose Auto Focus to automatically blur the background. Or go to Adjust tab and choose Background under the Select area option to adjust the sharpness of the image.

Customize your image further by adding text, graphics, or filters. You can enhance the images with Canva’s free, built-in photo editor.

Download your edited image as a high-quality JPG or PNG file. Easily share it via email, post it on social media, or embed it on your website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even if you’ve already taken the shot, there’s still a way to blur the background. Upload your photo to our photo editor and use the Auto Focus tool. Voilà, the background will automatically be blurred, while the elements in the foreground remain sharp and crisp.

People blur the background of their photos to emphasize the subject. If the background is blurred, the elements in the foreground stand out and pop. The focus of the image will be the subject, and the elements in the background won’t distract or draw attention away from the subject.

Our free Auto Focus tool automatically blurs the entire background, including people and passers-by, so you don’t have to manually blur individual faces. The tool detects the subject and keeps it sharp, while blurring the rest of the backdrop.

Yes, definitely. Download our free mobile app, so you have access to our auto background blur tool. Just upload an image from your gallery, and use Auto Focus to instantly enhance it. Our app also grants you access to a wide array of awesome photo and video editing tools.
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