This tutorial will show you how to blur the background of any image using the Photos app in Windows 11.
Starting with Photos app version 2023.11090.13001.0, Microsoft is introducing a new Background Blur option to Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels.
The Photos app automatically finds the background in the photo, and with a single click, instantly highlights your subject and blurs out the background. You can also customize the effect by adjusting the Blur Intensity or use the Brush Tool to modify the areas being blurred.
Hello Windows Insiders, Today we begin rolling out an update for Windows Photos to Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels. This update introduces several exciting new features, as well as other fixes and improvements based on community feed
The Microsoft Photos app included in Windows 11 is a rich media experience that empowers you to do more with your photos and videos. View, organize, and share photos from your PC, OneDrive, iCloud Photos (only on Windows 11) and other devices all from one gallery.
Open the image you want to blur the background of in the Photos app.
Click/tap on the Edit image (Ctrl+E) button on the toolbar. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on the Background blur button on the toolbar. (see screenshot below)
The Photos app will now automatically start Finding the background of the photo. (see screenshots below)
If you want to modify the background areas to blur or unblur, then: (see screenshots below)
- Turn on Selection brush tool.
- You can select to Select area (blur) or Deselect area (unblur) for what you want.
- Adjust the Brush size to what you want.
- Adjust the Brush softness level to what you want.
- Using the circle brush tool, select or deselect the area on the image you want.
Adjust the Blur intensity level to what you want. (see screenshots below)
When finished, click/tap on the Apply button. (see screenshot below)
You can now Save as copy or Save the modified image for your background blur changes.
You can click/tap on the Add new background blur button to modify the image background blur more.