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Blurry Pictures

Updated on September 12, 2014

How To Make Your Pictures Blurry with Gimp

We always want our photos to look the best.

But sometimes we want them to be blurry, foggy and fuzzy. If you want to make an avatar that doesn't reveal too much or if you want to put your children's photos on internet and you want them to stay hidden, you can use blurry pictures.

You can make your photos blurry with Gimp. It is free and it is fun.

Gimp is raster graphics editor (GNU Image Manipulation Program), and you can download it for free.

So let's make our photos a little bit unrecognizable.

All images by Pippi Dust.

This is original photo of an apple. We'll use a few filters to make it blurry.

First I used Blur. We go to Filters - Blur - Blur. And this is the result - blurry apple.

With this one I also used Blur, but this time Gaussian Blur. We do that with Filters - Blur - Gaussian Blur and we can adjust how blurry our photo will turn out.

Next one is pixelize. Go to Filters - Blur - Pixelize.

And then there is mosaic. We can do it with Filters - Distorts - Mosaic.

We can make different mosaics, just try few options and see which one you like. I made three mosaics.

Next one is Newsprint, with dots. We can make it with Filters - Distorts - Newsprint.

And here is another interesting option how to make our photo blurry. We can make it with Filters - Light and Shadow - Glass Tile.

With this option our photo looks like it is made of many little points. Make it with Filters - Noise - Spread.

Here it looks like our photo is printed on canvas. Make it with Filters - Artistic - Apply Canvas.

With this option our photo looks like it is drawn with oil paint. Make it with Filters - Artistic - Oilify.

So, we have quite a lot of options how to make our photo blurry. I hope you find them interesting and useful. And of course, have fun with making them.

Blur images in GIMP

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    • NausetViews profile image


      6 years ago from Boston

      Let of neat ways to play around with photos. Thanks for sharing the info about Gimp.

    • SusanRDavis profile image

      Susan R. Davis 

      6 years ago from Vancouver

      This was an excellent tutorial and something you don't see too often as we're usually working to IMPROVE our pictures.

    • LionElectric profile image


      6 years ago

      very cool!

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      6 years ago

      The mosaic option is really great

    • rainykua profile image


      6 years ago

      I have GIMP installed in my computer a long time ago, but I didn't know how to use it. Now, I'm going to try these on my picture!:)

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks for the information. These are some really usable ideas.

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      6 years ago

      How cool is this... we work on getting the sharpest pictures every time sometimes its good to blur the details a bit.. thanks for the lens

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      It's so funny I found this lens. Sadly I don't have a problem with my photos coming out blurry. My problem is getting them to come out clear :)

    • Canvas-Art-Shop profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for the guide, I want an apple now!

    • Belle13Dreams profile image


      6 years ago

      I must download this program!

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      pinkrenegade lm 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this useful information.

    • LynetteBell profile image


      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Great lens:)

    • squidoogiftsfor profile image


      6 years ago

      great tutorial!

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      6 years ago

      Excellent tips. I really like this.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Excellent lens - pinned to my photography board. Squid Angel Blessed!

    • kindoak profile image


      6 years ago

      I use selective blurring often when editing my photos. Good examples on this lens!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      cool ways to use photography

    • MJsConsignments profile image


      6 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      I can think of many uses for this. Thanks for the info. Squid Angel blessed.

    • mel-kav profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm thinking I'm going to have to download this tomorrow onto my desktop. Looks like a useful tool. Thanks.

    • january962 profile image


      6 years ago

      Thank you for this=)

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      randomthings lm 

      6 years ago

      Very cool

    • KevCooper profile image


      6 years ago

      Interesting, mine are always blurry when I want them sharp!

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      Hi! I like mosaic and canvas Blurred. Great lens. I don't use Gimp too much I use other packages, but is downloaded on my PC, so I'll try to use it more... it is just not look easy - friendly to use. Thanks for info.

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for reminding me about Gimp. I'll check it out again. It might be a useful tool for special editing.

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      TK2012 LM 

      6 years ago

      I like the canvas the best, but they are all great! Thank you for sharing.

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      Lori Green 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      I use GIMP all the time but never this way. Thank you for a great tutorial. It's not the easiest program to use.

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      6 years ago

      I love that cracked version! Blessed!

    • WriterDave profile image


      6 years ago

      The mosaic was definitely my favorite.

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      6 years ago

      I have been working on GIMP for a while now. I love it! Nice lens : )

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      6 years ago

      Great Lens! Can use on my homemade cards.

    • GonnaFly profile image


      6 years ago from Australia

      You've inspired me! I already have gimp, but I've never tried these.:-)

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      6 years ago

      Great lens info. Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is so cool! I love the different effects.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Really like the canvas one.

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      alina nicoleta92 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens and info you have here.

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      6 years ago

      I like the glass tile and the canvas!

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      Auntie-M LM 

      6 years ago

      Nice examples.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Great walk-through of how the images are re-rendered. I haven't downloaded GIMP yet, but I learned a lot about it here on your lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      I love adding effects to my photos. I don't usually blur the whole thing, but I do blur parts of the photo.

    • stennajohns profile image


      6 years ago

      excellent info . What a great use ideas. Really great.

    • JodiFromFlorida profile image


      6 years ago

      Cool lens!

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      6 years ago

      Great info here :D

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      What nifty effects to use on photos. I didn't know about these.

    • kimbesa2 profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks! I've only used Gimp a few times, and I need a refresher!


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