Defocusing Photo Backgrounds in Paint

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Defocusing photo backgrounds in Paint is a great way to give the image a fun and unique look. Defocus photo backgrounds in Paint with help from a freelance production artist and graduate of DigiPen Institution of Technology in this free video clip.

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I'm Parker Piece. And today we're going to discuss defocussing backgrounds in MS Paint. If you want to clean up a photo or take some attention away from the background I'm going to tell you that you don't exactly want to do it in Photoshop. The tools in there to get the job done are the equivalent of shoveling the snow off your front yard using a soup spoon. You want to use Photoshop. I'm here to show you the difference between the tools in MS Paint and in Photoshop and why Photoshop's the better tool. You're armed with your pencil and brush tools, big, medium and small, an erasure and some various things. Technically speaking you could defocus the background by painting it away. But again the soup spoon is a snow shovel analogy. Unless you're a pro you will not look pretty at the end anyways. Open up your image in Photoshop. You have a tool simply called blur and it does exactly what you'd think. Anywhere you make a mark will lose focus. There are also filters in your arsenal here, filters which you can adjust with Photoshop's superior selection tools. You can get more defocusing in a thirty day trial of Photoshop than you will get in a lifetime of MS Paint. So I'd suggest you sign up.

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