How do you blur an image in InDesign CS5.5 (wtihout Photoshop)?

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Jan 20, 2012 Jan 20, 2012

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I'd like to apply a guassian blur to an image in InDesign CS5.5, but I don't have acces to Photoshop or any other real graphics program on my employers Windows laptop.  Is there any feature in InDesign that would result in a guassian blur look?

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Jan 20, 2012 Jan 20, 2012

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May 26, 2016 May 26, 2016

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Give this a shot. Online version of Photoshop. Limited capacity but available anywhere

Online Photo Editor | Pixlr Editor | Autodesk Pixlr

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Nov 11, 2016 Nov 11, 2016

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If you can install software on the laptop, you could try GIMP (https://www.gimp.org/ ). It is free, open source code and should do the job. It is no Photoshop but simple operations like a blur are possible.

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Jul 06, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

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Hi Leslie;

Since you can't actually do a Gaussian blur in InDesign you could try faking a blurry effect:

  • Select the image, copy it, then choose Edit > Paste In Place.
  • This will put a copy of the image right on top of the original.
  • Nudge the new copy left and up. Maybe just one tap each on the keyboard to start, more later if you want.
  • With the top (new) image selected, open the effects panel (Window > Effects).
  • Apply (for instance) opacity of 50% and layer blend mode: "Soft Light."
  • Repeat the process: this time do Edit > Paste in Place then nudge the image down and to the right.

You can adjust the "blur" by changing the amount of opacity and how offset the image is. Note that Layer Blend Modes like "Soft Light" can add some subtlety to the effect but can also change the color and tone of the image.

Finally, if you want to crop the image or just hide the overlapping edges:

  • Select the overlapping images
  • Go to Object > Group, then Edit > Copy
  • Draw a new Rectangle Frame and with it selected go to Edit > Paste Into.

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