CSS blur on background image but not on content

I did this example.

I'm trying to blur the background image, but the main content is blurred too (the <span>)

How can I blur the background without blurring the content?


You could overlay one element above the blurred element like so


div {
    position: absolute;
    top: 0;
p {
    position: absolute;
    top: 0;


.blur-bgimage {
    overflow: hidden;
    margin: 0;
    text-align: left;
.blur-bgimage:before {
    content: "";
    position: absolute;
    width : 100%;
    height: 100%;
    background: inherit;
    z-index: -1;

    filter        : blur(10px);
    -moz-filter   : blur(10px);
    -webkit-filter: blur(10px);
    -o-filter     : blur(10px);

    transition        : all 2s linear;
    -moz-transition   : all 2s linear;
    -webkit-transition: all 2s linear;
    -o-transition     : all 2s linear;

You can blur the body background image by using the body's :before pseudo class to inherit the image and then blurring it. Wrap all that into a class and use javascript to add and remove the class to blur and unblur.

Add another div or img to your main div and blur that instead. jsfiddle

.blur {
    background:url('http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/051/726/17-i-lol.jpg?1318992465') no-repeat center;
    -webkit-filter: blur(13px);
    -moz-filter: blur(13px);
    -o-filter: blur(13px);
    -ms-filter: blur(13px);
    filter: blur(13px);


    <img class="class" src="http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/051/726/17-i-lol.jpg?1318992465">
        Hello World!

What about this? No absolute positioning on div, but instead on img and span.

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