How to Create a Simple Bokeh Effect

Bokeh effect is nothing but the blurred part of the out-of-focus image. This effect is normally seen in the photography mostly around the light sources. In photography, this effect helps to focus on the object while making the background visually appealing. Today we are going to learn how to create the same beautiful effect in Photoshop. Before starting the tutorial let’s take a look at what we are creating.

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Creating the Brush

Step 1: Open Photoshop and create new file

For creating the Bokeh effect, first we have to create a Bokeh Brush. So start with this.
Open Photoshop and create new file (File>New) with following details.

Step 2: Setting up the Brush

Now select the Elliptical Marque Tool (M) and draw a circle (Press Shift and Draw) to fit in the canvas. Go to Edit>Stroke and add the centered stroke of black with 5px. It will look like this.

Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N) and (if you have deselected) (Ctrl + Click) the small thumbnail in the layers panel of the previous layer. Fill this new layer with black and change its opacity to 30%. Press (Ctrl + E) to merge the layers.

Step 3: Saving your new brush

Okay, we have created the brush. Now go to Edit>Define Brush Preset and give a name to your brush like Bokeh Effect and save it. You can now see the newly created brush in your Brush Panel (Windows>Brushes or F5).

Creating the Bokeh Effect

Step 4: Create a New File and Start editing

Create a new file (New>File) with the following details and create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N).

Select your brush from the Brushes panel (F5), change the foreground color to #0054a6 with a brush size of 40px. Now change the brush setting as follows.

Step 5: Creating the Bokeh

Draw some Bokeh circles with the above setting and change the opacity of the layer to 30%.

Step 6: Adding Blur Effect and more Bokeh circles.

Select the layer and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Add the blur with radius 5px.
Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N). Select your brush and change the size to 91px. Draw some Bokeh circles on the new layer.

Add Gaussian Blur to this layer with 3px radius.

Step 7: Last step

Select the previous layer and add Gradient Map (Image>Adjustments>Gradient Map) or (Windows>Adjustments>Gradient Map) as shown below.

Now add you logo or name and you have successfully created a Beautiful Bokeh Effect.
You may play with different colors and create more awesome effects.

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