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Old Jun 10, 2006, 2:02 AM   #1
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I have a photo where the background (audience)detracts from the attention that I would like the subject (a person) to have. What techniques in Elements can improve the situation? (I have*intermediate* skills in Elements.) I tried using blurr to make the background look out of focus, that worked nicely,except there is an amusing glow around the subject.

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Old Jun 10, 2006, 2:11 AM   #2
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It would help out if you could post the picture, it's sometimes hard to imagine what it looks like.

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Old Jun 10, 2006, 10:22 AM   #3
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I'm not familiar with Elements, but in PhotoShop you can select the audience as a layer (select the singer and invert if that's easier). Assuming that the separation is easy to make -- there are clean, easily magic-wanded edges or the like -- you can adjust the brightness of the audience selectively. Darkening them a bit will push them in the background, and should work well in conjunction with selective blurring to tone down the audience. The main thing is to avoid over-darkening and over-blurring, or the effects will look cartoonish.

ETA: you may need to use the blur tool to trace around the singer to keep him from looking pasted on to the background.
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Old Jun 10, 2006, 10:40 PM   #4
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What tclune said. If PSE4 has the Gaussian Blur filter, select your background and use that filter. It gives you a preveiw so that you can see the effect before you apply it.

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