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Adobe Premiere - Blur Face Effect

Learn how to blur or mask out an object or a person's face using Adobe Premiere. 


It’s easy to blur out a person’s face using Adobe Premiere.

To  start, edit a clip to a new sequence.

Then, hold down the alt key, and drag the clip from V1 to V2 to make an exact copy of the clip over itself.

Next, navigate over to the project window area. 

Then right click in an empty area, and choose New Item – Title.

 Give the title a name and press okay.

Within the title tool, click on the Ellipse Tool.

Then draw a circle within the title tool window area.

Now, to make this effect look better, we need to soften the white circle.

A cool trick to do this is to turn off the fill for the title, and turn on the shadow.

Then change the color of the shadow to white.

 Change the shadow opacity to 100%.

Then adjust the spread of the shadow to soften the circles edges.

Next, click on the vertical and horizontal center buttons to center your circle.

Now go ahead and close the title tool window.

Then drag the white circle onto the V3 track over the other clips.

Navigate back over to the project window area and click on the effects tab.

Within the Video Effects Category, look for the Blur and Sharpen subcategory and find the Gaussian Blur Filter.

Drag the Gaussian blur filter onto the clip that’s on V2.

Navigate up to the source window area and click on the Effects Controls Tab.

Adjust the blur amount to roughly 50%

Click on the check box for Repeat Edge pixels.

Move back to the effects area and find the Keying Category, and look for the Track Matte Key effect.

Drag the track matte key effect onto the clip that’s on V2.

Navigate back up to the Effect Controls Tab and change the Matte pull down menu to use Video Track 3.

Now move over to the program window and double click inside the window.

Adjust the position of the blurry circle onto your subjects face.

Then move back over to the Effects Control Tab, and twirl down the disclosure triangle for the Motion parameters.

Click on the stopwatch for the position parameter.

Move forward a few frames and reposition the circle to match the position of the subjects face.

Each time you do this, Adobe Premiere will create a new key frame.

Repeat the process until you are finished.


Now you have the basics of blurring out a person’s face using Adobe Premiere.

For other great tips like this, or to enroll in an Adobe Premiere training course, visit GeniusDV.com


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