Windows 11 Photos App Is Adding More Image Effects

It’s just like using real bokeh.

Microsoft finally gave Paint a much-needed makeover with the initial release of Windows 11, sporting a new modern interface and a few minor feature additions. The company has continued working on Paint since then, such as dark mode, as well as improvements to the other app for editing and viewing photos, simply called “Photos.” Now another feature is on the way: background blur.

The Photos app now offers a feature called Background Blur for Windows 11 Insiders, enhancing your photos by isolating the subject from the background. When you open a photo in Edit mode, this tool identifies the background and, with a simple click, can highlight the subject by blurring the background. You also have the flexibility to fine-tune the effect by adjusting the blur intensity or using the Brush Tool to customize the blurred areas. This feature simplifies the process of making your subjects stand out in your photos, adding a professional touch to your images effortlessly.

It’s the second app on Windows 11 that Microsoft has recently blessed with background-modifying features. Just one week ago, we reported that Microsoft was adding a background removal feature to Paint. The difference here is that this feature will blur the background behind the subject, while Paint will also isolate it but leave behind a white background instead. It looks like both features are just using the same overall principle, but for different purposes — blurring the background might be good for photos and quick touch-ups, while removing the background might be better if you’re planning to do deeper edits to an image. We wouldn’t be surprised if both also use the same technology to detect and isolate the subject in a picture.

If you want to check this out, it’s currently rolling out to Windows Insiders. Keep in mind that this is a beta feature, and as thus, if you want to give it a spin, you also need to put up with all of what comes with the Insider Program, including probably the occasional deal-breaking bug. Other than this, this should roll out to everyone on Windows 11 within the next few months.

Source: Windows Blog

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