How to Blur in PowerPoint

By Ryan Menezes

Blurred pictures hide image details.
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PowerPoint includes several artistic effects that you can use to edit or enhance your embedded images. The blur effect softens an image to obscure it, blurring the picture strongly or weakly depending on the options you set. If a slide's background image appears to attract unnecessary attention, you can blur it to return focus to the foreground material. You can also blur images to keep their content private. For example, you can include a blurred image of an upcoming product if you are not yet ready to fully unveil it.

Open PowerPoint and find the image to blur. Click the image to select it.

Click the "Format" tab on the ribbon and click "Artistic Effects" in the Adjust group to open a drop-down menu.

Click "Artistic Effects Options" to open the Format Picture dialog box.

Click the "Artistic Effect" button and click the thumbnail for the blur effect to blur your image.

Drag the Radius slider to the right or left to increase or decrease the strength of your blur.

Click "Close."