How to Make Stunning Pixelated Backgrounds or Foregrounds

One cool effect you may want to apply to your best photos is pixelation. In essence, the effect lowers resolution of the image or some parts of it. For example, you can pixelate the background to make foreground objects better stand out. Or you can pixelate the foreground for a stylish and unusual result. Normally, applying the effect to parts of the image requires decent image editing skills. But with PhotoScissors you can do this easier than ever. You need these three steps:

Step 1: Set apart background and foreground

Use the green marker tool on the toolbar to mark parts of the image where foreground objects are placed. Then, switch to the red marker tool and make a few strokes on the background parts. Note that you don't need to paint the entire background!
PhotoScissors automatically process the image, and you can see the result immediately in the right part of the program.

Select background and foreground

Step 2: Applying the pixilation effect

Now, switch to the Background tab in the right toolbar. We need to apply the effect to our original background, not to the transparent one, so select "Background > Original" in the dropdown box. Now, in the "Effect" dropdown list select the "Pixelate" filter.

pixelate background

You can also apply pixelation to the foreground objects. After returning the original background, switch to the Foreground tab and select the "Pixelate" effect in the "Effect" dropdown.

pixelate foreground

Step 3: Adjust the effect

You can tune up the range of the effect by adjusting the "Radius" parameter. Here is how the same picture looks with different values of the pixelation radius.

change pixelate radius

Also, if you select "Image" in the Background dropdown box, you can add any pixilated background image in place of the original:

change background


As you see, with PhotoScissors you can apply this seemingly complex effect very easy. And there are multiple ways you can use this effect: turn boring backgrounds to a level in a computer game or make yourself a computer game character, pixelate the background for better recognition of the important elements on the photo, simulate low-quality image and so on.