Create DSLR-style background blurred photos with simple steps.
Pros & Cons:
AfterFocus by MotionOne is a superb photo editing app to produce a pleasing out-of-focus effect or blurry backgrounds. With simple steps, you are able to create a photo that looks more professional and concentrates the attention of the viewer on the main subject. It works with any photos saved in your album or a new picture to take with the app.
Make A Background Blurred Photo
Two methods, smart and manual, are provided in this app to make a background blurred photo. It’s easier and time saving to go with the smart method, with which you simply draw lines on a photo and the focus area will be automatically recognized by the app.
First, select the foreground icon, draw white lines on the object you need to focus, then select the background icon, draw black lines on the background you want to make it blur. When needed, do the same with grey lines to blur midrange pixels in a photo.
For some fine tuning, you can zoom the canvas by two-finger pinch and move the canvas by two-finger slide to add more supporting lines.
As you see from the screenshot, the focus object and background are selected with their respective lines. Tap “Next” and "Save", you will then get the result, as shown on the top-right image here in comparison with the original photo side by side.
Types of Blurs, Filters and Effects
To add more fun to your photos, these are three types of blurs to apply: lens blur, motion blur and zoom blur. Motion blur is particularly meaningful to the background of a focus object that is running.
On top of creating blurred backgrounds, this app also allows you to apply filters to the foreground, background or the whole image with an intensity slider, use fading background and add effects to your photos.
The aesthetic quality of blurry backgrounds (aka bokeh) can be rendered with the aperture of a certain shape, of which results are more noticeable in backgrounds with points of light.
Save and Share
While you're editing, you can save your work in progress to a project file, and when done, share your creations with your buddies from this app, excellent for any photographers with just a smartphone.
AfterFocus was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on