Cool Background in 1 Minute


Today I will show you a simple  effect in Photoshop that will result in a great background. You will need a good quality photo with good colors and of course a version of Photoshop.

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I will be  using this photo that I’ve shot in my last trip. I like this picture because it has a lot of blues  and an ok contrast.


Now go to Filter/Blur/Motion Blur and apply  these settings.


And tadaaaam…you have your background.


And you can always play around with some adjustment layer to change the colors or the contrast.


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17 Comments Cool Background in 1 Minute

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  2. Johannes Mar 25, 2009 at 06:51

    I’ll give it a try, thanks

  3. tim Mar 25, 2009 at 04:55

    nice one. cheers.

  4. Raymond Selda Mar 25, 2009 at 07:13

    I’ve seen a similar technique over at Tutorial9 using Gausian Blur but thanks to your article I’m inspired to try out different Blur methods. Thank you.

  5. Devlin Mar 25, 2009 at 18:29

    Very nice, thanks for sharing.

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  7. Alex Mar 26, 2009 at 00:41

    Top tips:
    – Repeat blurring if you’re not happy with the result.
    – Apply the filter Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask with high settings to get more of a ‘bang’ from the picture.

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  9. sriganesh Apr 18, 2009 at 07:02

    ya, good , but i found it myself

    1. sriganesh Apr 18, 2009 at 07:06

      sorry , this comment i typed in wrong page.sorry for the this comment.

  10. Alex C May 22, 2009 at 06:16

    Thanks for sharing this. Very easy to follow and create some snazzy designs.

  11. Aug 22, 2009 at 04:00

    Very nice trick dude ! Thank you so much ! Best Regards

  12. mjp11114 Feb 7, 2010 at 00:28

    Dude, you are not serious with this! This is soooo cool and it's given me such amazing backgrounds that one would think it took hours of work to compile!

  13. Judith Ann Bridging Apr 12, 2010 at 16:08

    Great post which give me some impressions how I can amend my script. The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

  14. Phil Jan 13, 2011 at 09:37

    This makes no sense. It doesn’t work.


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