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Most people want to blur because they think it makes their photo flow better than gaudy black highlights, but you can also use highlights that match the background color/image and make it blend it in, leaving a big white space on a white background instead of a big black space. Most people won't notice anything is missing at all.

If you want that pixel mosaic look for extra futuristic feel, remove the original content by making it fade into background, replace with new, irrelevant content, and then pixelize.

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