Create Your Own Bokeh Effects
Hello my digi friends! I am so happy you’re here today. I truly love this time of year! The Christmas season is my absolute favorite time of the year with all of the beautiful decorations, the string lights all around, and of course all of the amazing photograph opportunities. There is so much to capture this time of year, but sometimes the spirit of Christmas isn’t always perfectly reflected in our rushed or imperfect photos. I’m going to give you a little bit of a cheat today! I’m going to teach you how to create your own bokeh effects! I love the look of bokeh and I feel like it adds a bit of magic to our photos and layouts so I figured it was perfect to focus on this month.
I’ll be working in Photoshop CC and you can follow along with my video tutorial found below, or my written tutorial!
Start by choosing which photo you want to use. I selected a photo of my son in front of his great grandma’s Christmas tree. It’s a cute photo, but not really anything spectacular. Honestly, a bit lackluster if you ask me! Hence, the bokeh tutorial!
Grab your brush tool and open up your brush panel by hitting F5. Grab a hard round brush and set your pixel size to about 400. Then increase your spacing to about 140%.
Next, check the “Shape Dynamics” box. Increase the “Size Jitter” to 100%, set the “Minimum Diameter” to 50%, and the “Roundness Jitter” to 10%
Now let’s change our Scattering settings. Change the “Scatter” to 1000%. Click the drop down for “Control” and select “Fade.” Set the “Fade” to 10. Next, change your “Count” to 3, your “Count Jitter” to 25%, and “Control” to Fade at 1.
Next we’ll check the “Transfer” box and make sure that our “Opacity Jitter” is set to 60%.
Now we’re all set to start brushing bokeh!
Create a new layer and label it Bokeh 1. Use the eyedropper tool to select a color from your photo. You may want to adjust the color to a lighter shade. Using your brush, paint on your canvas. I find it works best if you click and release, rather than holding your mouse down. Round random sized circles will appear randomly as you brush. Brush until you are satisfied with the amount of circles painted.
You can create a new layer and change colors if you wish and paint another layer of Bokeh. Once you have all the bokeh layers and colors you want, we will apply the Gaussian Blur filter to each bokeh layer. Select your layer Bokeh 1. Go to Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur. Select a size from 7-15. The higher the number, the more blurred it will be.
Then decrease the layer opacity to your liking to achieve your desired effect and repeat for each bokeh layer! Now your lackluster photo has a touch of magic!
For even more of an effect, you could add a color to transparent gradient to some or all of the corners of your photo in the same color as your bokeh as well! Not sure how? Watch the video for step by step instructions!
Here’s my finished layout using the awesome goodies from today’s Magic of Beginnings giveaway! I love how it turned out! Be sure to leave our designers some love for so graciously offering this gorgeous collection! Thanks for stopping by!
The Magic of Beginnings Giveaway
On to the next installment of the Scrapaneers December Giveaway – The Magic of Beginnings.
A big THANK YOU to all the amazing designers who contributed to this Mega Collection. The Magic of Beginnings is perfect for your holiday and December sequential projects, but it is about so much more than that. Think about plans and goals for the new year, starting a new stage of life, new relationships or simply the start of exciting new adventures. This collection is so big we could not fit it all into one preview, so here is glimpse at the collection in two parts (we couldn’t fit everything in the preview so know there’s MORE!):
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Don’t forget to check back on Friday, December 16 for the next set of downloads, and a fun Alpha tutorial from Judie.