Learn how you can artfully add a blur mask to objects, or blur an entire object in Adobe XD.

How do you add background blur?

You can add background blur to objects, or images on an artboard to emphasize, or de-emphasize parts of the object in the following ways:

  • Create a blur mask to blur anything visible underneath
  • Add background blur effect to selected objects to blur the entire object

When you add background blur to objects, the changes are non-destructive, and you can recover the original object or image that was blurred.

How do you blur specific areas of an artboard?

  1. Draw a shape over the portion of the image, object, or area that you want to blur.

  2. Select Background Blur in the Property Inspector.

  3. Adjust the following sliders to control the background blur:

    • Amount: Controls the extent of the blur
    • Brightness: Controls the brightness of the blur mask
    • Opacity: Controls the opacity of the blur mask
    Adding background blur to a portion of an image
    Adding background blur to a portion of an image
  4. To show or hide the blur, select or deselect the check box next to Background Blur.

    To remove the blur, simply select the object (blur mask) and delete it.

How do you add background blur to a selected object?

  1. Select the object or image to which you want to add background blur.

  2. Select Object Blur in the Property Inspector.

  3. Adjust the slider to control the extent of the blur.

    Adjusting the blur of a selected image
    Adjusting the blur of a selected image
  4. To show or hide the blur, select or deselect the check box next to Object Blur.

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