Blurred backgrounds are a great way to add depth and visual interest to your slide designs. The effect is popular in both web design and e-learning. Here’s how you can create the effect using PowerPoint.

This tutorial and template was first published in E-Learning Heroes and featured in Articulate’s downloads!

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  1. Thank you for this; you’ve inspired me! I wanted to create a blurred image but have a part of the image be clear – as the “main focal” point.

    To do this, I inserted two images (identical images) directly on top of each other. I cropped the top image down to the area of the image I wanted focus on, and then blurred the back (under) image. Finally, I used the “soft edges” special effect on the top image so that it seamlessly blended into the back image.

    Again, I wouldn’t have thought of how to do this so easily without your example, here. Thanks!

  2. Hi,
    Thanks for the easy-to-follow tutorial. I have already implemented it and it looks great.

    Are you able to share one about blurring out a video on loop? I wanted to blur a gif as the background for an Articulate Storyline course, but am unable to find how to do this.

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Jane – I’ve been using Movavi video editor for a little while and it works great for blurring background videos. It’s really easy to use and has a nice library of special effects. If you have Adobe Creative Cloud you could use Premiere or After Effects to create the blur effects. There are probably more apps that do that but I’ve found Movavi a go-to app because of its simplicity.

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