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In this quick Photoshop tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a quick highlight circle. You can use this technique to highlight objects or parts of your image. Image blurring is a very popular technique around the web. Clean and quick editing, sometimes is the most efficient way to create stunning images.

Tutorial details and resources

Difficulty: Beginner
Apps: Adobe Photoshop (CS or later)
Estimated Completion Time: 5′ Minutes
Resources: Boy & the Bench by woodsy

Step 1 > Open the Image

First, open the image you want to edit in Photoshop


Step 2 > Select the Circle

Pick the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) in your toolbox. While pressing Shift on your keyboard, create a perfect circle selection around the bench. Next, go to Layer > New > Layer Via Copy to create a layer for your selection.

Select your object



Create a new layer via copy


Step 3 > Blur the Background

With the “Background” layer active go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and  add 30px blur.

Press OK to confirm the Gaussian Blur effect.


Step 4 > Blending Options & Text

With the “Circle” layer active go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options and replace the values similar to the first image. With Type Tool (T) you can add any text to the image.

Blending Options: Stroke: Size – 15px, Blend Mode – Overlay, Opacity – 100%, Color – White (ffffff).



A simple and easy to technique. You can use this method to highlight objects in your images. You only have to adjust the stroke size to your image resolution.