How to Create a BOKEH Effect in Photoshop!

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This tutorial will teach you how to create custom bokeh in Photoshop, using a custom brush, blending options, and filters! This effect can help bring focus to your subject by blurring out the background while adding neat looking bokeh spots. This technique can be accomplished on most versions of Photoshop, including Photoshop CC, CS6, and CS5.

Tools used in this tutorial:

Custom brushes: Using the Brush panel, found under the Window menu, you’re able to create custom brushes by altering the size, spacing, dynamics, scattering, and so on. If you plan on using your custom brush in the future, make sure to save it!

Smart Objects: By converting a layer to a Smart Object, you’re able to maintain the layer’s original state, allowing you to resize and add filters non-destructively. To convert a layer into a Smart Object, right click on the layer in your Layers Panel, and choose Convert to Smart Object.

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