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Blur or Sharpen Images in Photoshop Elements- Instructions

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Blur or Sharpen Images in Photoshop Elements: A picture of the Blur Tool being used in Photoshop Elements.

Blur or Sharpen Images in Photoshop Elements: Overview

            This lesson shows you how to blur or sharpen images in Photoshop Elements. The Blur Tool lets you soften hard edges and reduce fine detail in an image. The Blur Tool shares the same location as the Smudge Tool in the Toolbox within Photoshop Elements. Contrary to that, the Sharpen Tool increases edge clarity and detail visibility in an image.

            To blur or sharpen images in Photoshop Elements, select the tool to use from the Toolbox and Tool Options Bar. Then set the brush options. You can set the blending mode, brush, size and also the strength from the drop-downs and sliders available.

            Checking the “Sample All Layers” checkbox blurs or sharpens the pixel data using the combined data from all layers. If unchecked, it then only uses data from the currently selected layer. Then click and drag over the area in the image you want to blur or sharpen.

Blur or Sharpen Images in Photoshop Elements: A picture of the Blur Tool being used in Photoshop Elements.

Blur or Sharpen Images in Photoshop Elements: A picture of the Blur Tool being used in Photoshop Elements.

Blur or Sharpen Images in Photoshop Elements: Instructions

  1. To blur or sharpen images in Photoshop Elements, select either the Blur Tool or the Sharpen Tool from the Toolbox and Tool Options Bar.
  2. Then set the brush options, as desired, in the Tool Options Bar. You can set the blending mode, brush, size and also the strength from the drop-downs and sliders available.
  3. To blur or sharpen pixel data using the combined data from all layers, check the “Sample All Layers” checkbox. If unchecked, it only uses data from the currently selected layer.
  4. Then click and drag over the area in the image you want to blur or sharpen.

Blur or Sharpen Images in Photoshop Elements: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Blurring and Sharpening Images,” shows you how to blur or sharpen images in Photoshop Elements. This lesson is from our complete Photoshop Elements tutorial, titled “Mastering Photoshop Elements Made Easy v.2018.”

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