Removing Unwanted Pixels From Your Pictures
Your computer’s screen is made up of these tiny things called pixels. What these pixels do is that they light up in certain color combinations in the background to form the images you see on your screen at any time. A lot of notable video games have pixelated graphics that give them their charm; we’re sure that Nintendo’s classic Super Mario Bros rings a bell to most of you. These pixelated graphic effects might look all cool and colorful in games, but if you’re dealing with digital images, the last thing you’d ever want to see are heavily pixelated areas.
Fortunately, some very handy tools come with Adobe Photoshop specifically to counter pixilation on images. You can use these tools to tweak the image till it’s all smooth to look at and this article will walk you through how to unpixelate a picture.
The first thing that you need to do is to launch the Photoshop program from your desktop; once that’s done, head on over to the ‘file’ tab on the top left-hand side of the screen and hit the option that says ‘Open.’ You can now find the file that you want to import into Photoshop and work with. Next, you need to turn the image into a layer, which can be done by double-clicking on the option that says image background, it will be under the ‘layers’ tab.
Now you need to blur the image by selecting the ‘blur’ tool from the left-hand side toolbar; this tool will look like a water dropper once selected. Now move to the top and adjust the size and shape of your brush according to your picture, from the panel right under the Menu bar.
Next, you’ll want to return to your trusty toolbar and find this option that looks like two overlapping box shapes; open the dialogue window for ‘foreground’ by double-clicking on the first box and then apply the blur to the color of the picture that you need to change, using the dropper tool. Once you’ve selected the color that you’re working with, you can hit ‘ok’ and head over to the next step.
Use your blur dropper tool to soften every pixelated edge you can find on your image and then head on over to the ‘filter’ option under ‘blur’ and choose the option that reads ‘Gaussian Blur’; this will immediately soften out that pixelated mess. And voila, that’s it – you did it!
How To Blur Out Someone’s Face in a Photo?
You’ve learned how you can use the blur option to smooth out harsh pixelated areas in images but that’s not all blur is good for. It’s safe to say that we all know someone who ends up being in a nice photo but doesn’t want their face to appear to strange audience on Facebook. It’s understandable which is why it’s a good idea to respect their privacy and just blur out their face from the image altogether. At other times, you might want to create that cool macro focus effect where one person’s face is the focal point on the image and the rest are blurred and out of focus in the backdrop.
The good news is that the Adobe Photoshop program lets you get creative with all kinds of effects and has many tools that can help you achieve both of these blur effects in such a way that it’s hard to tell if the image is photoshopped or just skilfully shot. Here’s what you have to do.
Open your Photoshop program and go over to file and choose your photo from the ‘open’ option again.
Navigate to the toolbar on the left-hand side of your window and select the tool that reads ‘Rectangle Marquee Too’; you can also auto-select this tool by hitting ‘M’ on your keyboard. Drag the tool over the target’s face in the photo to create a box that goes down halfway to the scruff of their neck.
Next, you want to head to ‘filter’ and then choose the option that says ‘pixelate.’ Now click on the ‘mosaic’ option to open a window that allows you to adjust the ‘cell size’; this will blur that person’s face, and you can adjust it till you find the right kind of blur. Once that’s done, and you’re happy with the results, you can click ‘ok’ and return to your picture. That’s pretty much it – oh and be sure to save the new image with a newer title, so you don’t accidentally overwrite the original image.