One effect that I use to add some punch to my photos is to blur the background to give my subject more focus. I often use this method on photos that have a busy background like this one.
The before photo on the right has a busy background. The after photo still has the same busy background but the background is blurred so the subjects pop in the photo. The process to create this effect is simple and consists of just a few easy steps involving a selection and a Gaussian blur in Photoshop Elements 10.
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Now try to give one of your photos a pop using this method!