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How to blur a part of text in Gimp

Let me show you how to make a part of the text stick out more by blurring the rest of it in free image editing software Gimp.

 
  Author: mat | Version: 2.6.11 | 24th April 2012 |  
 
 
1.
 

Open a new document and click Create a new layer button (see picture).

Press Ctrl + L if you can't see the layer box.

 
 
2.
 

Choose Transparency option and click OK.

 
 
3.
 

Choose Text Tool in Toolbox.

 
 
4.
 

Choose a font you like and set size to about 30px.

 
 
5.
 

GIMP Text Editor window pops up.

Enter some text and click Close.

 
 
6.
 

In layers box, right click the new text layer and choose Merge Down.

 
 
7.
 

You should now see two layers again as the text layer and the layer you created got merged into one layer.

 
 
8.
 

Choose Ellipse Select Tool.

 
 
9.
 

Draw a circle over the part of the text you want it to be IN focus.

Merged layer should be selected.


 
 
10.
 

In the menu click Select and choose Feather...

Set Feather selection to about 20 pixels and click OK.


 
 
11.
 

In the menu click Select and choose Inverse (Ctrl + I for a keyboard shortcut).

In the menu click Filter, Blur and choose Gaussian...

Set blur radius to about 6 px and click OK.

 
 
12.
 

In the menu click Select and choose None.

That's it you are done!

Click here for the Photoshop version of this tutorial.

 
 
 
   
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