How to Censor/Pixelate in Photoshop

Sometimes you need to pixelate a face (or other parts of the human body) and objects, mostly for ethical and privacy reasons. Whether the censoring technique is used to blur out the features (facial or other parts) of adults to preserve their privacy and integrity or to ethically protect those who are underage, or to blur out a car number or street name, Photoshop is always your answer. In this tutorial, we show you the quick and easy way to censor your images, using the Pixelate filter. Check out how we censored the face of Homer. No Marge, it’s not him eating that donut!

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Summary: how to censor/pixelate in Photoshop: a face, body part or object

  • Open the image that you want to censor in Photoshop
  • Select the part of the image that you want to censor/pixelate with the ‘Rectangular Marquee Tool’ (M).
  • Click Filter, select Pixelate and select Mosaic
  • Change the amount of pixelation if wanted and click OK
  • The selected part of your image is now pixelated. Save the picture to end.
  • More profound: how to censor/pixelate in Photoshop: a face, body part or object

    To censor/pixelate in Photoshop, start by opening Photoshop. Click ‘File’ and then ‘Open’ to browse your computer to get your image into Photoshop (or simply press ‘CTRL+O’ on your keyboard). Or you can browse your computer or external drive to find your image, right-click the image and select ‘Open With’ Photoshop.

    Open in Photoshop

    Select the part of the image that you want to censor. In our case, Homer can not get cought eating a donut because he is on a diet. He wants his face pixelated (Yeah right Homer, no one will know it’s you!). Select his face using the ‘Rectangular Marquee Tool’ (M).Marquee

    Click ‘Filter’, select ‘Pixelate’ and select ‘Mosaic’.

    Mosaic

    In the ‘Mosaic Option’ box you can adjust the amount of pixelation. Click ‘OK’.

    Mosaic Option

    As you can see, Homers’ face is now pixelated. You now know how to censor/pixelate in Photoshop. Easy right?!

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