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JoeJ

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#1
Can you, please, let me know of a simple way to blur background in Photoshop CS6? Preferably step-by-step directions, not a video tutorial, if you don't mind.
In this context, what does the refine edge tool do, and how to use it? Also, how to invert a selection?
Many thanks in advance for your help.
Joe Busuttil
 

IamSam

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#2
Joe, What's wrong with video tutorials? They are much easier to understand than written instructions.
The technique for blurring and the Refine Edge Tool are basically the same for all versions of Ps. CS6 is not a standoff requiring special instruction.

Written:
https://photoshopcafe.com/blur-background-photo-photoshop-tutorial/
https://enviragallery.com/how-to-acheive-blurry-background-in-photoshop/
https://expertphotography.com/blurred-background-photoshop-lightroom/
Video Tutorials:
Blurring backgrounds


Written:
https://www.lifewire.com/using-refine-edge-in-photoshop-1702302
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/photoshop-refine-edge-tool-guide/
https://tricky-photoshop.com/refine_edge_tool/
https://expertphotography.com/refine-edges-in-photoshop/
Video Tutorials:
Refine Edge Tool

How to invert a selection -- shift + Cmd/Cntrl + I
 

JoeJ

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#3
Thank you for your prompt reply; greatly appreciated, not least because of the trouble you took to make your answer so much detailed.

Unfortunately, at my advanced age I am a slow learner, and am still battling with the problem.

Video tutorials frustrate me: 1. I don't know how to copy them on my laptop to be able to use them.
2. As I am hard of hearing, it is impossible for me to follow spoken instructions as the accents
only make the audio reach me in distorted fashion. (Have tried hearing aids, but they didn't solve
my hearing problem)
3. What really helps me are written directions, preferably accompanied by still images.


I tried inverting a selection, as you kindly suggested, but did not get anywhere.
Here's the method I used:- 1. The image showed a man standing against a dark background of solid colour, which I wanted to shift out of the picture (i.e. to shift the man's image)
2. Using the Magic Wand Tool, I selected the solid background.
3. I set Tolerance to 50 (not sure why?)
4. I went to SELECT (on the toolbar) and chose INVERSE from the menu.
5. The stumbling block:- When I tried to drag the man out of the picture, both the man and the background came out together as well, ergo Fiasco...
If I am not sounding too bold, could you possibly, please, get me out of my mess? A simple solution that could help me out would be most welcome.

Goodnight. Joe Busuttil
P.S. Wish I knew how to attach the file of the image to this reply, but have tried without any success.
 

IamSam

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#4
Video tutorials frustrate me: 1. I don't know how to copy them on my laptop to be able to use them.
No need to copy them, just watch them right there on YouTube. If you want to save for later reference, just bookmark the page.

2. As I am hard of hearing, it is impossible for me to follow spoken instructions as the accents
only make the audio reach me in distorted fashion. (Have tried hearing aids, but they didn't solve
my hearing problem)
OK............this I can understand.

What really helps me are written directions, preferably accompanied by still images.
I'll do my best.

I tried inverting a selection, as you kindly suggested, but did not get anywhere.
Perhaps we need to establish what an inverted selection is.

This is a selection of the black square....
Screen Shot 2019-03-25 at 6.35.38 PM.png

This is the same selection inverted using SHIFT + CMD/CNTRL + I or SELECT > INVERSE which is now selecting the white area.
Screen Shot 2019-03-25 at 6.35.50 PM.png

By the same token.............if we have a man on a dark background that is selected...
Screen Shot 2019-03-25 at 6.43.14 PM.png

The same "man" selection inverted using SHIFT + CMD/CNTRL + I or SELECT > INVERSE would now select the black area.
Screen Shot 2019-03-25 at 6.43.29 PM.png

When I tried to drag the man out of the picture, both the man and the background came out together as well, ergo Fiasco...
This is because everything is selected when you inverted the selection.

If you are trying to drag the man out of the picture, make a selection of the man, do not inverse that selection! Now you can drag him. This will cause destruction to the image.

However, I would do it this way. Once you have your selection, hit CMD/CNTRL + J, this will copy and place the selected man on his own layer without destroying the original.
Once the man is on his own layer, if you then wish to drag him into another document, use the Move Tool, click and drag to the new tab/doc.
Screen Shot 2019-03-25 at 6.51.07 PM.png

Let me know if this solves your problem.
 

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