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Blur or sharpen any photo with Canva’s easy-to-use image adjustment tools to add atmosphere to images and texture to backgrounds.

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How to blur an image

Blur an image on the fly with the blur slider

Apply blur effects to your photo

Getting started with blurring photos couldn't be easier. You can experiment with blurring photos with any photo from our library or from your uploads. Simply select the photo, then click “filter” and “advanced options.” Slide to the right to blur, and to the left to sharpen.

Blur a bit to add artful whimsy

Adjust the blur intensity of your image

Blurring isn't just to simulate the wonderful world of nearsightedness. There are many ways to enhance your designs with a bit of blurring. Gently inch the slider to see the effect that blur can have. Blur a landscape to grant it a dreamy, ethereal quality, or add some blur to a portrait to give it a photobooth effect.

Use a blurred image for your background

Drag and drop a blurred image to use as your background

Flat colored backgrounds(opens in a new tab or window)are fit for phone books and DMV documentation. They are, in a word, boring. Try using a heavily blurred photo as a background to give your design a textured, organic feel, or use a blurred photo to evoke your design’s theme. Blurred images of seascapes, city skylines, and forest canopies each have an unmistakable color palette you can use to form a backdrop for your design.

Save an unfocused shot with the sharpen tool

Adjust the blur intensity of your image on your mobile device

Even though it's labeled "Blur," there is more that the blur slider can do: move the blur slider to the left and it becomes the sharpen(opens in a new tab or window) tool. Sharpening photos helps enhance(opens in a new tab or window) the edges between colors, giving them greater definition, and is a great way to process shots that are slightly out of focus.

Combine effects for endless possibilities

Use Canva templates for your design and adjust its transparency

Get creative! The blur tool can be used for much more than smudging up the metaphorical lens. Use the blur together with other effects and design elements to create all kinds of looks and styles. Blur a photo and make it transparent(opens in a new tab or window) for a watermark(opens in a new tab or window) effect, or combine a heavy blur with high contrast to simulate intense lighting. There are countless ways to use the blur tool to jump start your inspiration.

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