These days, it is getting harder and harder to maintain privacy online. Whether you need to hide people’s faces in the photo that you’re going to use in your business, or you want to post a picture with your kids without showing their faces, there’s a way out. You can easily censor an image by blurring a part of a photo.
There are numerous programs that will help you make your pictures anonymous, but to save you time, we decided to show you 3 handy tools that will let you edit images quickly and precisely. So let’s figure out how to blur something in a picture with a photo editor for pros, an online platform, and a user-friendly mobile app.
Adobe Photoshop is the gold standard in the photo editing industry, which we could not ignore in this post as this software has everything you might need for this task. To begin with, it offers several tools you can use to precisely blur out a part of your image – the Lasso tool, Path Blur, Blur tool, and Quick Selection Tool. There are also different types of blur available in the program: Average Blur, Field Blur, Lens Blur, and Box Blur. What’s more, Photoshop supports a long list of file formats, so you can open almost any image you need, e.g., JPEG, PNG, RAW, TIFF, HEIC, etc. So if you’re ready to invest money and effort into a photo editor, then you can definitely use Photoshop for censoring your pictures.
Want to blur a part of an image without installing anything on your computer? Then do it in an online service, such as Ezgif. The browser-based photo editor is very easy to use and offers such useful features as cropping, resizing, overlaying, and rotating. To make a photo anonymous, upload the file or use the URL, select the area you want to hide, and choose one of the censoring methods from the dropdown menu: Pixelate, Solid color, or Blur. Then you can either save it in the same format or convert the image to another picture type, such as GIF, PNG, WebP, or AVIF. The only drawback you might face is the rectangular shape of the blurred area which can look a little unnatural on people’s faces. The file size of the uploaded picture also cannot be bigger than 50 MB.
If you prefer editing images on the go, then don’t hesitate to try Pixlr, a mobile photo editor that you can download from Google Play and App Store. Here’s how to blur an object in a picture in this program. First, you need to choose an image from the gallery and open the tools menu. Pick the Blur tool and select the type of blur you want: circular, linear, or general. You can drag the slider to set the strength of the effect. For censoring, you might need the Brush tool to blur out the picture locally. If you struggle to accurately paint over the area, don’t worry – there is an eraser tool that will help you fix it. When done, you can either download the new file on your device or share it on social media right away – post it on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. However, there are lots of ads in Pixlr that you might find distracting while editing your photos.
Now you know how to blur out a part of a picture with 3 different tools: a go-to computer program, an online photo editor, and a mobile app. For more ways to protect someone’s privacy online, read this article on how to blur a part of a picture. One way or another, making faces unclear is quite a simple task, and we’re sure you can handle it even with zero experience. But everything depends on the tool you choose, from how easily and quickly you can edit pictures to the quality of the result. So look through the post one more time, pick the app you like most, and get it done today.