Add a bokeh effect on a photo in Photoshop

?In today’s tutorial, I will show you how to add a beautiful bokeh effect to a photo in just 9 steps. Creating a bokeh effect in Photoshop is pretty simple and you can create it in just 5 minutes. First we will start by adding colorful lighting to the image. After that, add the bokeh texture and finally make the image brighter with the help of adjustment layers.

Final image

Step 1

Open the street image in Photoshop. You can open the image in Photoshop through the menu. File> Open (File> Open). Below is the open image in Photoshop.

Step 2

Create a new layer and name it. Light 1. Set foreground color # 775e23. Paint the light using a soft round brush as shown in the image below.

For layer Light 1 set the blending mode ColorDodge (Lightening Basics). Here is the result.

Step 3

Create a new layer and name it. Light 2. Set the foreground color to green (I chose # 366212) and draw a light in the upper left corner. Do not forget to use a soft round brush with opacity (Opacity) and Flow (Push) 100% when drawing light.

Change the blending mode to ColorDodge (Lightening Basics).

Step 4

Similarly, draw more light from above, but in a different color (# 114c55). Remember to create a new layer to draw the light at the top. Below you can look at the image.

Change the blending mode to ColorDodge (Lightening Basics).

Step 5

Create an adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance) by clicking on the third icon at the bottom of the panel Layers (Layers) or through the menu Layer> NewAdjustmentLayer> ColorBalance (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Color Balance). Change the values Midtones (Mid Tones) and Highlights (Sveta), to add more red (you can choose other colors) tones to the image. Below are the values ​​for Color balance (Color balance).


Step 6

Now place the bokeh texture to finally add a bokeh effect in the photo to the image. Place the bokeh texture in our main document via the menu. File> Place Embedded (File> Place embedded) and place the texture.

You may notice that I turned the texture using Transform Tool (Free Transformation) (Ctrl + T) to better fit this document.

Below you can see how I did it:

Set the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light). Here is the bokeh effect:

If you want, you can also duplicate the bokeh texture to add more bokeh on the image.

Step 7

Create a new layer, activate the tool. Elliptical Marquee Tool (Oval selection area) (M) and create a circle. Then fill this circle with white. Make a small white circle, as shown below:

Step 8

Move it to another place to add more bokeh on the image, move it to the very top, like me. After the transfer, change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) to 52%.

Duplicate the circle layer many times and move it to different places where you want to add bokeh. Below you can see how I did it.

Step 9

Create an adjustment layer Curves (Curves) on top of all layers. Make an S – curve to make a brighter image.

Decrease Opacity (Opacity) to 70%, and here is the final result:


Thank you for completing the lesson and I hope that you have learned how to add a bokeh effect to a photo using the bokeh texture. If you have any feedback about the lesson, let me know. Have a wonderful day for Photoshoping !!!

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