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How to Add Bokeh Effect in Photoshop

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Tutorials Photo Effects 4504 Views May 10th, 2017

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to add bokeh effect to your photos using a premade bokeh background. Also we'll add a realistic sunlight and rays of light effect.

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Learn how to make a Bokeh effect in Photoshop for your photos in just a few simple steps. All you have to do is to use a bokeh texture.

how to add bokeh effect to photo in photoshop

Open a new PSD file and add your photo in a new layer. For this tutorial I will use this Beautiful Autumn Tree stock image.

Download and add this bokeh background in a new layer and call it Bokeh Photoshop Overlay 1.

bokeh background

Add Bokeh Effect to Photo in Photoshop

Duplicate the Bokeh Photoshop Overlay 1 and call it Blurry Background. Duplicate the Blurry Background layer and call it Bokeh Photoshop Overlay 2.

Press Control-T to resize the Bokeh Photoshop Overlay 2 layer to around 50% depending on your image. Set the blend mode of the Bokeh Photoshop Overlay 2 layer to Screen.

Go to the Blurry Background layer and use the Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur filter.

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