Create a iOS 7 Style Blur background in Photoshop

November 12, 2013 by in category Photoshop, Tutorials with 20 and 2

iOS7 offers a new flat design with some cool Blur backgrounds. Follow those steps to create one

You can use those basic techniques in Photoshop to create this style of blurry background for your next creation.


Resource Needed for this Tutorial:
Color festival by Adam Filipowicz on Shutterstock

Step 1 – Smart Object and Gaussian Blur

Open up Photoshop and open the image or photo you’d like to use to create this iOS 7 style blur effect. The one I am using is from Adam Filipowicz titled Color festival. Courtesy of Shutterstock.

Right click on the image layer in the Layers Panel and select Convert to Smart Object or go to Layer – Smart Objects – Convert to Smart Object.

Let’s now apply a Gaussian Filter on this smart object, go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur, I added a 300px Radius Gaussian Blur. You will be able to change the blur value anytime you want because we added it on a smart object. You can learn more about smart objects and filters here : Quick Tip – Use Smart Objects with Non Destructive Filters in Photoshop

Step 2 – White Layer

Create a new layer, Fill it with white, Edit – Fill – White then change it’s Blending Mode to Soft Light and Fill to 25%. When that’s done right click on the white layer and select Create Clipping Mask.

Step 3 – Vibrance

Let’s make those colors pop out, Add a Vibrance Adjustment Layer, go to Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Vibrance and add a +25 Vibrance.

Step 4 – Noise

Create a new layer, Fill it with Black, Edit – Fill – Black. Next add some noise on this black layer, Filter – Noise – Add Noise (make sure you’re foreground and background colors are set to black and white) and add an Amount of 25 with Gaussian for the distribution.

Change the Fill of this noise layer to 10% and Blending Mode to Screen.

That’s it for this Tutorial, now you know how to create a cool iOS 7 Style Blur background from a photo for all your desktops and mobile devices. Feel free to download the Source Files or leave a comment if you need help.



  • Oscar
    on February 8, 2015 Reply

    Great Tutorial! Just one question, what was the Clipping mask layer for?

  • vemmy
    on July 21, 2015 Reply

    Hi! Thanks for sharing! It’s a wonderful tutorial!But I think you should mention that the photo you use for the first step should be RGB mode, or the button of the third step (vibrance) is grey.

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