Maintaining Anonymity

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Maintaining Anonymity
by Jen White

Ready to tell your story, but not sure you’re ready for the world to see all the naked details?

I’ve got you covered.

Maintaining privacy on your page is a simple process that will help you post in peace. Let me show you how.

Step 1: Save the Layers

    Do a final save (File > Save) of your document in PSD (layered) and/or JPEG (flat) form. Did you check for spelling errors? Do all your elements have drop shadows? Maybe you should double check. (wink)

Step 2: Save for Web

  • Create a web copy of your document and save it to your desktop.
  • Need more info on how to save for web? Read The Skinny on Save for Web.
  • Close the original document without saving.

Step 3: Select the Private Parts

  • Open the web version (File > Open) you just created.
  • Get the Rectangular Marquee tool.
  • In the Tool Options, click on the New Selection icon and set the Feather to 0. Set the Aspect to Normal. (PS: Set the Style to Normal.)
  • On the image, click and drag to select areas you want to disguise. To reposition, press and hold the Space bar while dragging. To select more than one area, press and hold the Shift key while dragging.
    • Disguise aces of strangers or anyone that wants to maintain privacy.
    • Disguise addresses or any important data or details.

Step 4: Apply a Blur

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
  • In the dialog box, move the radius slide until the details begin to fade.
  • Click OK.
  • Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.

Step 5: Save the Image

  • Save the image (File > Save). There weren’t any additional layers created, so you should just be able to save with no questions asked. Isn’t that nice?!?
  • Close the image.

Your image is now ready for online posting. Your friends and family will be SO glad you were able to share.


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2 Responses

  1. Kellie
    | Reply

    This is a great tip Jen, thank you!

  2. Renee Diprose
    | Reply

    Jen – you have so many awesome tips! I love the idea of disguising/blurring out on the Web file – so simple and perfect for online sharing. I was always doing this on my psd files.
    Thank you!

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