I'm trying to achieve the effect seen on the "background" of this image on my own photos. So far I tried different variations of blur, in special the Shape Blur without success. At this point, I'm not even sure if this is a blur or those small crosses somehow just change the color from the picture.

Anybody has some guidance on what I should look for?


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    Blur + pattern overlay.
    – Scott
    Jan 27, 2015 at 2:39

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That particular photo uses a blur as well as a subtle pattern overlay for the background image.

The pattern is essentially a repeated, solid, small, white rectangle.


Thanks, Scott!! It was something simple that I was stuck with.

Following your advice: 1) First applied desired blur 2) Created a pattern I wanted on a separate file 3) Right clicked on Layer, than "Blending Options" and used a Pattern Overlay. It was just a matter of adjusting the opacity.

Thanks for the patience with the noob question!

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