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Shiny bokeh tutorial

Bokeh looks really charming in photographs when out-of-focus lights are sparkling and blurry. It’s very easy to create your own digital bokeh effect in Photoshop like in this post.

1. Start a new document and make a circle with the ellipse tool. Lower the fill opacity to 50% or so and give your circle a stroke. That’s the basis for your twinkling light. Image

2. Turn your circle into a new brush.

3. Select your brush and open the Brushes palette. Play around with the Scattering and Shape Dynamics fields until you find something you like. Image 1, Image 2

4. Now, fill your canvas with a very dark color. Make a new layer and fill it with a bright, colorful gradient. Change the blending options to color/overlay

5. Pick a big brush size and drag it across your canvas. Go to Filter -> Gaussian Blur and blur it lots. Those will be your lights in the distance.

6. Make the brush a bit smaller and draw again. Blur again, slightly less. Repeat a few times, reducing the blur and brush size each time.


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