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Apply blur effects

Pixelmator Pro includes 8 different blur effects: Gaussian, Box, Disc, Motion, Zoom, Spin, Tilt-Shift, and Focus — each of these blurs layers in a different way.

Apply a Gaussian blur

The Gaussian blur effect adds a smooth, even blur to your entire image, text, or shape layer.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Blur > Gaussian (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Blur > Gaussian.
  2. Drag the Radius slider to the right to make the Gaussian blur effect stronger, or to the left to reduce it. Hold down the Option ⌥ key to extend the range of the Radius slider. You can also enter a value from 0.0 px to 400.0 px.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Gaussian pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Box blur

The box blur effect blurs the image and adds distinctive box shapes near contrasting areas.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Blur > Box (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Blur > Box.
  2. Drag the Radius slider to the right to make the Box blur effect stronger, or to the left to reduce it. Hold down the Option ⌥ key to extend the range of the Radius slider. You can also enter a value from 0.0 px to 400.0 px.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Box pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Disc blur

The disc blur effect blurs the image and adds distinctive disc shapes near contrasting areas. The effect can be used to simulate the bokeh effect created by digital cameras in out of focus areas.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Blur > Disc (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Blur > Disc.
  2. Drag the Radius slider to the right to make the Disc blur effect stronger, or to the left to reduce it. Hold down the Option ⌥ key to extend the range of the Radius slider. You can also enter a value from 0.0 px to 400.0 px.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Disc pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Motion blur

The Motion blur effect adds a blur that flows in one direction, creating the impression of speed and movement.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Blur > Motion (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Blur > Motion.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Drag the Radius slider to the right to make the motion blur effect stronger, or to the left to reduce it. Hold down the Option ⌥ key to extend the range of the Radius slider. You can also enter a value from 0.0 px to 400.0 px.
    • Move the Angle wheel to change the direction of the motion blur. You can also enter a value from 0.0º to 359.9º.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Motion pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Zoom blur

The Zoom blur effect simulates the look of capturing a photo while zooming in or out.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Blur > Zoom (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Blur > Zoom.
  2. Drag the Amount slider to the right to create a zooming in effect, or to the left to create zooming out effect. Hold down the Option ⌥ key to extend the range of the Amount slider. You can also enter a value from -200.0 px to 200.0 px.
  3. Move the handle of the effect rope to set the direction of the zoom effect. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Zoom pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Tilt-shift blur

The Tilt-Shift blur effect creates a shallow depth of field, leaving a smaller, rectangular area in focus. This can be used to create a miniaturized look.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Blur > Tilt-Shift (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Blur > Tilt-Shift.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Drag the Blur slider to the right to make the blurring stronger, or to the left to reduce it. You can also enter a value from 0.0 px to 100.0 px.
    • Drag the Transition slider to set how gradually the effect should transition from blurred to in-focus. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
  3. Move the handle of the effect rope to choose which area should be in focus and which areas should be blurred. Drag the handle of the outer circle to set how large an area should be blurred. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Tilt-shift pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Focus blur

The Focus blur effect leaves a circular area in focus, blurring everything outside it.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Blur > Focus (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Blur > Focus.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Drag the Blur slider to the right to make the blurring stronger, or to the left to reduce it. You can also enter a value from 0.0 px to 100.0 px.
    • Drag the Transition slider to set how gradually the effect should transition from blurred to in-focus. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
  3. Move the handle of the effect rope to choose which area should be in focus and which areas should be blurred. Drag the handle of the outer circle to set how large an area should be blurred. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Focus pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Spin blur

The Spin blur effect simulates the look of circular motion — a spinning wheel, for example — captured on camera.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Blur > Spin (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Blur > Spin.
  2. Drag the Amount slider to the right to make the spin effect stronger, or to the left to reduce it. Hold down the Option ⌥ key to extend the range of the Amount slider. You can also enter a value from 0% to 200%.
  3. Move the handle of the effect rope to choose which area should be the center of the spin effect. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Spin pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

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