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I have been seeing these blurred backgrounds all over the place, so I would like to know the exact steps how to reproduce something like this . What I can imagine, is that they first blurred an image/gradient with a gaussian blur. But there has to be something more to it, right ?

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+) How do I correctly use a gradient instead of a picture?

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    There really isn't. It's either an image or gradient, or multiple semi-transparent gradients, blurred out and a elyptical vignette to finish it off. Everything else is just tweaking those settings. – KMSTR Jan 30 '13 at 12:16
  • Like the others show, it's really just strongly blurred image. Create a gradient, then use a (gaussian, most likely) blur. That's it. – poepje Jan 30 '13 at 18:30
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I created a similar effect with the Gaussian Blur tool in Photoshop set to a 60 px radius.

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Of course, you can do this with any photo where you like the color shifts, your sample reminded me of a beach, so I found a beach photo on Wikimedia.

Another way you can do it is by creating the shapes you want and then applying a Gaussian blur to them:

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  • +1 for a good example of using one filter with either a photo/picture or color blocking. – Kevin Bomberry Jan 31 '13 at 21:22
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One method: you can shoot a photo with your mobile camera behind frosted glass.

Another: make your DSLR camera lens out of focus sufficiently in your viewfinder and shoot.

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