How to Make Bokeh in Photoshop

li_2286backgroundHow to Make Bokeh in Photoshop using CS6

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Making background BOKEH in Photoshop CS6 Tutorial from Kelly Richardson www.kellyrichardsonimages.com

treepatternTREE BACKGROUND If you have a large tree available you can skip this step. Just take a photo of the center of it. If all you can find is a small little tree follow these steps to fill the page with the tree branches.

  • STEP 1: Take a photo of tree on white background. isolate the image using the refine edge tool. Save as a PSD file.
  • STEP 2: Create a new document: File>new white background, as large as you want it.
  • STEP 3: Drag the isolated tree psd file to your new document
  • STEP 4: Make duplicate layers of the tree by clicking on the tree layer and then ctrl-j. Randomly move the tree layers to fill up page. Save as PSD file.
  • STEP 5: Flatten image go to layer>flatten image.

 

blurscreenshotFIELD BLUR

  • Use the flattened tree image. Go to filter>Blur>Field Blur. **note: if image is not flattened, you will not be able to use the field blur tool.
  • Check the field blur box, blur to your liking. I blurred mine to approx 140 px.
  • Check the bokeh box, settings: light bokeh: 50%, color bokeh 50% light range between 160 and 255. Adjust to your liking.
  • Click ok when done.

img_backgroundlightssatPhoto to left is a section of the tree bokeh paper that was made. I changed the colors by using the Image>new adjustment layer>saturation, and also image>new adjustment layer> color balance. Play with the sliders until you see a color you like that will match the subject you are going to place in front of it. Now you are ready to use your background and get creative!

DOWNLOAD THIS TUTORIAL as PDF HERE

 

 

Christmas Greeting Card

Holiday Card Collage with just one image

cardgnomegtgcardkatiesampleIt’s that time of year! Many families are getting family portraits done for their yearly Holiday Cards.  If they are like me, they love that creative collage look that you see for custom greeting cards, but also like the simplicity of using just one photo. Here is something unique and special you can create if you just have one favorite image for your Holiday Card.  A Holiday Card Collage. Gotta LOVE the WOW factor of this creative “collage” look.   Most greeting cards with a collage design require several images. Here is how to create your masterpiece Holiday Card Collage look with just ONE image.

Click to download tutorial Greeting Card Collage Tutorial pdf

Photoshop tutorial:   Create a holiday collage greeting card with only one image
We will use the NEW Photoshop’s Guide Layout to help divide the image into smaller sections. You must have Photoshop CC to use this method.
The image I chose to use for my sample below is a sweet little rescued foster kitten named Denver, a litter of 5.

 

Step 1: Create a new document go to File>New  I used greeting card specs. For my Purposes, I set width to 1575 px, height 2175 px, resolution 300, white background. If you use a different size document, make sure you compensate for it in your gutters, margins and drop shadows, by adjusting their size accordingly.

Step 2: Add a new layer and name it Shapes

Step 3: Make a 3 x 3 grid with gutter, and margin around edges:
  • go to View>new guide layout
  • set column number to 3 leave the width field empty, set gutter to 30 px
  • click rows, set number to 5, leave height empty, set gutter to 30 px
  • make sure preview box Is selected.
  • Add margins around edges of document: click in the margin checkbox, then set each of the four options top, left, bottom and right to 100 px.
  • Click ok
Step 4: Draw the shapes: select the rectangular marquee tool from the tools panel to draw in shapes. Drag selections around different squares in the 3 x 3 grid begin at one corner and drag to make rectangle. To add press and hold shift key to add next rectangle to it. Continue adding each shape so that all rectangles and center square are selected as one.
Step 5: Fill in the selection with black go to Edit>Fill set contents to black, normal and opacity to 100% click ok.
Step 6: remove the selection and the guides to remove go to Select>deselect. Go to view>clear guides
Step 7: Add a drop shadow to the Shapes Layer. Select shapes layer, click on layer styles, choose drop shadow, settings: blend mode: multiply, opacity 40, angle: 135, use global light, distance 50, spread 0 ,size 50. click ok
Step 8: Open the image you want to use in Photoshop.
Go to select>all... go to edit>copy
Step 9: Paste image into shape collage: Switch over to the shape collage document by clicking on its tab.Go to Edit>paste special>paste in place
Photoshop pastes and centers the photo in the document. You will see it as a new layer above the shpaes layer.
Step 10: create a clipping mask. Select the small menu icon in the upper right corner of the layers panel. Choose create clipping mask. This clips the layer directly in the layer below it.
Step 11:use free transform to resize and reposition image. make sure image layer is selected, Go to edit>free transform pres and hold shift as you drag a corner to lock the aspect ratio. Press enter when done.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Show your support and help your local animal rescue.

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How to Photoshop Tutorial: Shape Collage with one Image

Photoshop tutorial: create a shape collage from one image.

Click to Download the tutorial with steps, images and screenshot examples.

We will use the NEW Photoshop’s Guide Layout to help divide the image into smaller sections. This is a very hand tool to learn as it can be applied to many other designs that need an instant grid. You must have Photoshop CC to use this method.   Here is the image before and after:

Photoshop tutorial: create a shape collage from one image. STEPS

Step 1: Create a new document go to File>New  set width 12 in, height 12 in, resolution 300, white background

Step 2: Add a new layer and name it Shapes

Step 3: Make a 3 x 3 grid with gutter, and margin around edges:  go to View>new guide layout

  • set column number to 3 leave the width field empty, set gutter to 80 px

  • click rows, set number to 3, leave height empty, set gutter to 80 px

  • make sure preview box Is selected.

  • Add margins around edges of document: click in the margin checkbox, then set each of the four options top, left, bottom and right to 160 px.

  • Click ok

Step 4: Draw the shapes: select the rectangular marquee tool from the tools panel to draw in shapes. Drag selections around different squares in the 3 x 3 grid begin at one corner and drag to make rectangle. To add press and hold shift key to add next rectangle to it. Continue adding each shape so that all 4 rectangles and center square are selected as one.

Step 5: Fill in the selection with black go to Edit>Fill set contents to black, normal and opacity to 100% click ok.

Step 6: remove the selection and the guides to remove go to Select>deselect. Go to view>clear guides

Step 7: Add a drop shadow to the Shapes Layer. Select shapes layer, click on layer styles, choose drop shadow, settings: blend mode: multiply, opacity 40, angle: 135, use global light, distance 50, spread 0 ,size 50. click ok

Step 8: Open the image you want to use in Photoshop. Go to select>all... go to edit>copy

Step 9: Paste image into shape collage: Switch over to the shape collage document by clicking on its tab.Go to Edit>paste special>paste in place Photoshop pastes and centers the photo in the document. You will see it as a new layer above the shapes layer.

Step 10: create a clipping mask. Select the small menu icon in the upper right corner of the layers panel. Choose create clipping mask. This clips the layer directly in the layer below it.

Step 11:use free transform to resize and reposition image. make sure image layer is selected, Go to edit>free transform pres and hold shift as you drag a corner to lock the aspect ratio. Press enter when done.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Show your support and help your local animal rescue.

Spring is in the Air Photoshop Tutorial and add sky

Tabby Kitten light blue backgroundSpring is in the Air Photoshop Tutorial

If you like this Image, wait until you see how it was made with a little Photoshop Magic. Here are some  of Kelly’s Photoshop Secrets … PSD Tutorial with two parts : Smooth out background, add a blue sky to a plain blue background.

Click to download the Photoshop Tutorial PDF
BASIC PHOTOSHOP CS6 WORKFLOW: Please note: this PSD tutorial is not for beginners.  Must have photoshop experience and understand the concept of a painting with a mask, and using layers.
Here is the image before PSD ( unedited version- yikes!)  **Most of the time, the shadows and wrinkles in the fleece blanket can be smoothed out ahead of time and clipped down tighter to help, however this image was taken on a messy background.  I will demonstrate in this tutorial how to smooth it out in photoshop.
Fleece backgrounds are prone to wrinkle and show pock marks when photographed. However, for me they are still a practical solution.   Fleece blankets can be picked up at the dollar store in almost every color and kittens love to play on the soft surface and they are washable and re-usable.
 
**Sometimes the only thing you need to do is use the guassian blur tool to smooth out the pock marks in the fleece, but in the case of big wrinkles, painting may be the best option.
Here is the workflow to smooth out the background:
step11. Open image in Photoshop that needs the background to be smoothed out. Press ctrl j to duplicate the image. Use the select tool and select the background only.

 

 

step22. With all background area selected, press alt-j to duplicate it on its own layer. Click the eye so that the background is the only layer to see.

 

 

 

 

step33. On the background layer select the empty transparent space, then go to select>inverse. Click on paint brush tool and choose soft brush. Use the eye dropper on background color to color match the blue background and begin painting to smooth out wrinkles for a uniform color. When done painting background, deselect by typing ctrl>d at same time. Go to filter>blur>guassian blur. try radius of 25, it will smooth the edges.click ok.

 

step44. Add a layer mask to the background layer by clicking the rectangle with the circle at bottom of layers pallette. Press D to change colorchip to black. Click on eye on layer beneath to show subject. Click on paint brush tool, adjust the flow to 50% and paint any areas that may have blurred edges showing on your subject. Crop and save as PSD file with layers.
NOW, Let’s make Beautiful BETTER! Go out and photograph the beautiful blue sky, with a few clouds (raw) and start Part 2. PSD Tutorial: add a blue sky SIMPLE SKY TUTORIAL *for blue backgrounds only
stepsat11. Open image in Photoshop that needs the Simple Sky tutorial – only works on images with a blue background, Go to bridge and choose your sky image, drag onto the open file as the top layer. Change the opacity of sky layer to 50%.

 

 

 

stepsat2. Add an adjustment layer>saturation. Change saturation of sky to match your correct shade of your blue background.

 

 

 

 

step63.Use a clipping mask to clip saturation layer to sky layer. 3. Add mask to the sky layer

 

 

 

 

 

step74. Get black paint brush and paint the subject back in, using a soft brush and flow of 50%. Done. Save as PSD file with layers.

 

 

 

 
This Image is one of many beautiful kitten hammock images that can be found in the image-bank 2016 Spring Collection.
Tabby Kitten light blue background
EQUIPMENT/PHOTOSHOOT:  Canon Mark II EOS 5D, Canon Macro Lens EF 100 mm L IS 2.8 SETTINGS: F 2.8 SS 125 ISO 100, shoot in RAW.  Shoot gray card and custom set white balance. Lighting set-up: Window light with 1 monolight flash bounce off ceiling. Homemade hammock, blue fleece blanket background. one sleepy kitten and an awesome assistant (my daughter!)
Following is another cute image that lends itself to a beautiful blue SKY! This image is one from a shoot of several butterfly net images that can be found in the image-bank in the 2016 Spring Kitten Collection.

 

BEFORE and AFTER
Kitten Stuck in Butterfly Net
IMG_3248 unedited out of camera, fleece blanket has pock marks and needs to be smoothed.
Kitten Stuck in Butterfly Net
IMG_3248 edited background smoothed out with guassian blur tool, and in severe cases, painted blue
Kitten Stuck in Butterfly Net blue sky in Photoshop
IMG_3248 sky added on top
 
 

FUN Patterns in Photoshop Series – how to… simple pattern

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Roscoe is a rescue, a chihuahua daschund yorkie mix. Momma was turned into shelter while pregnant. The litter of three and mom are being raised in foster care until they are able to be adopted.

Photoshop has pre-installed patterns, however you may not find what you need. You can simply make your own patterns. Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make a simple pattern – symmetrical circle pattern in Photoshop. This is the first of the how to “making patterns series” presented by Kelly Richardson.

SIMPLE ONE SHAPE SYMMETRICAL PATTERN DIRECTIONS

STEP 1: Open a new photoshop document: go to File- New. Use a square dimension such as width: 300 pixels x 300 pixels resolution 72, make background contents transparent.

STEP 2. Add Guides Through The Center Of The Document. This will indicate the exact center of our document. Go to View > New Guide.
Select Horizontal for the Orientation, then enter 50% for the Position. Click OK (you’ll see a horizontal guide appear through the center of the document)
Go back up to the View menu and choose New Guide. This time select Vertical for the Orientation and again enter 50% for the Position.

STEP 3. Make your pattern. You can create very complex patterns in Photoshop, or they can be as simple as, say, a repeating dot or circle. In this example we will use a circle to create a polka dot pattern. Draw a circle in the center of the document by click and hold on the Rectangular Marquee Tool, then select the Elliptical Marquee Tool. With the Elliptical Marquee Tool selected, move the crosshair directly over the intersection point of the guides in the center of the document. Hold down Shift+Alt (Win) / Shift+Option (Mac), click in the center of the document, then with your mouse button still held down, drag out a circular selection. Holding the Shift key as you drag will force the shape of the selection into a perfect circle, while the Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key tells Photoshop to draw the selection outline from the center.

STEP 4. Fill the Circle with color. Go to Edit > Fill. This opens the Fill dialog box, choose a color to fill the selection with. Click OK to close out of the dialog box. Photoshop fills the circular selection with color. Go up to the Select menu at the top of the screen and choose Deselect.

STEP 5. Make a copy of the layer Go to Layer > New > Layer via Copy.

STEP 6. Apply the Offset Filter. (With just this one circle added in the center of the tile, we could save the tile as a pattern, but let’s make it look a bit more interesting before we do that- Apply The Offset Filter.  When designing tiles to use as repeating patterns, there’s one filter you’ll use almost every time, and that’s Offset.)   Go to Filter > Other > Offset. This opens the Offset filter dialog box. The Offset filter moves, or offsets, the contents of a layer by a specified number of pixels either horizontally, vertically, or both. When creating simple repeating patterns like the one we’re designing here, you’ll want to enter half the width of your document into the Horizontal input box and half the height of your document into the Vertical input box. In our case, we’re working with a 300 px x 300 px document, so set the Horizontal option to 150 pixels and the Vertical option also to 150 pixels. At the bottom of the dialog box, in the Undefined Areas section, make sure Wrap Around is selected. Click OK to close out of the dialog box.    In the document window, we see that the Offset filter has taken the copy of the circle we made in the previous step and split it into four equal parts, placing them in the corners of the document. The circle remaining in the center is the original circle we drew on Layer 1: One of the circles has been offset by 50%.Circle Pattern Photoshop

STEP 7.  Define The Tile As A Pattern. With the tile designed, let’s save it as an actual pattern, a process Photoshop refers to as “defining a pattern”. Go to Edit > Define Pattern.
Photoshop will pop open a dialog box asking you to name the new pattern. It’s a good idea to include the dimensions of the tile in the name of the pattern in case you design several similar tiles at different sizes. In this case, name the tile “Circles 300×300″. Click OK when you’re done to close out of the dialog box. The tile is now saved as a pattern!

STEP 8. Create A New Document We’ve designed our tile and defined it as a pattern, which means we can now use it to fill an entire layer! Let’s create a new document to see if it works! go up to the File menu and choose New. File- New enter 1000 pixels for both the Width and Height. Leave the Resolution set to 72 pixels/inch, and this time, set the Background Contents to White so the background of the new document is filled with solid white. Click OK.

Step 9. Add A New Layer
We could simply fill the document’s Background layer with our pattern, but that would seriously limit what we can do with it. Place the repeating pattern on its own layer. Click on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel: A new blank layer named “Layer 1″ appears above the Background layer:
A new layer has been added to the document.

Step 10. Fill The New Layer With The Pattern Photoshop Circle patternWith our new layer added, let’s fill it with our pattern! Go to Edit > Fill > Pattern.  This opens the Pattern Picker, which displays small thumbnails of all the patterns we currently have to choose from. The circle pattern we just created will be the last thumbnail in the list.  Select the “Circles 300×300″ pattern in the Pattern Picker. Click OK to close out of the Fill dialog box. Photoshop fills the blank layer in the document with the circle pattern, repeating the tile as many times as needed.

 

Stay tuned for the next free tutorial coming next month on how to create the photoshop patterns seen in this image below: A basic, overall toss pattern using many shapes. 

Dapper Dane Collection of Designs
Dapper Dane Collection of Designs

 

Lighten up your Holidays Colorizing Tutorial

Kitten Playing in Red Box ChristmasSEEING TOO MUCH RED? Let’s have some fun! Try this colorizing tutorial to lighten up your holiday.

It would be a shame to pass on this cute kitten image because there is too much red – just look at those BIG eyes- this is a PURR-fect photo. We can simply change the image to Sepia and then colorized it to a more natural look.  But don’t stop there,  we can change the color to green! Here is how!
Begin by opening image in photoshop. Duplicate original. Add a new adjustment layer: Hue/Saturation. Use the HUE slider to change the color of the box- I chose to change the red to green.
1. To change to Sepia: Add an adjustment layer: choose Hue/Saturation, and this time go to preset box and scroll down and choose Sepia.  The entire image will now be changed to Sepia tone.  Click on the white box in the layers palette next to the Sepia adjustment layer, this is the mask.  Get a soft black paint brush to paint back in the color. If you want a lighter shade, not so bright, more retro, natural color look, change the paint brush opacity to 30% and flow to 50% to paint away the sepia color from the areas of the photo you want to see color in.  (Change paint brush to white to paint the Sepia back in if needed, or use history to undo.)  The more you repeat the brush strokes the darker the color will come in.  If you want to retain the full brightness and saturation of the original image, keep the opacity of the brush at 100% and flow at 100%.
2. After you have changed your red  image to sepia with colorized red box,  you can change the red to green. Here is how:  add a new adjustment layer: Hue/Saturation. Use the HUE slider to change the color of the box and crinkle paper – I chose to change the red to green.

Bright Red Christmas Kitten Card Retro Kitten Christmas Card Changing Colors in Photoshop Kitten in Box

How to Make a Watermark Brush

watermark an imageHOW TO MAKE A “WATERMARK” BRUSH
In previous tutorial, I have explained how to make an action to place a watermark exactly in the center of your image. You can batch edit and watermark hundreds of images at a time with the action. So, why would you want to make a watermarking brush? It is useful for times when you want to customize the watermark, placing it in a more strategic place on the image, make a statement with different colors, and/or change its size easily.

how to make a watermarkSTEPS: Click here to get downloadable PDF howtomakewatermarkbrush with screenshots

  1. Open photoshop – go to file> new. Create a new page. For a long signature, I create a page that is approx 3000 pixels wide and 1000 long, resolution: 300 background: transparent click ok
  2. Ctrl-j to cuplicate layer, then click text tool. Type text for your watermark. To make a copyright symbol, simply hold down alt and type 0169 and a copyright symbol will appear. ©typeyourname Adjust font type, size etc to your liking.
  3. Right click right side of text layer and menu will appear. choose convert to shape.
  4.  Go to edit select define brush preset, name it and click ok
  5. To add watermark to photo: Open image in photoshop, ctrl-j to duplicate layer. click create a new layer.
  6. Press D and make sure foreground color chip is black. go to brush tool select “watermark” brush. click on new layer, click once to stamp on image in black. If you prefer the watermark to be less visible, change the flow of the brush to a lower percentage, then stamp it. Stamp size can be changed easily by changing the size of the brush. color can be changed in this way too.
  7. Done. Your new brush should be in the brush sets. and you can stamp your watermark on anything, in any color or position you want! Shapes from the shape menu can also be used, as well as a handwritten signature!Thanksgiving Kitten Basket

How to Scatter Leaves… digitally

 

thanksgiving kitten

November is here. The beautiful, vibrant colors of Fall will soon be a distant memory.  Mother Nature brings cool air and the leaves fall – scatter everywhere.

This Photoshop tutorial will teach you how to “digitally” scatter leaves.  You will need Photoshop CS6 to use this tutorial. It consists of several parts, so get ready, set, GO!

 

GET THE NATURE SET IN YOUR SHAPES MENU 

The leaf shape is in the NATURE custom shape set which comes with Photoshop. If it is not already in your shape menu, then all you have to do is add it.

1. Click on the shape preview thumbnail in the options bar to open the shape picker.
2. Click on the small arrow in the top right corner of the shape picker. This opens a menu with many options. In the bottom is a list of additional shape sets that were installed on Photoshop.
3. Choose the Nature set. and click append, and OK. Now the Nature set will be in your shape menu.

 

 

MAKE A LEAF BRUSH WITH YOUR LEAF SHAPE

  Why would you want to do this, when you could easily use the shape tool?  Because there are many more ways you can use it in brushes, such as scattering, color dynamics and more.

STEPS: click to download PDF steps howtomakeabrush with screenshots
1. Open PS, go to file>new. Since I am going to make a leaf brush, I am going to make a square size: 2500 pixels by 2500 with transparent background at 300 dpi.
2. Ctrl j to duplicate layer. Click on shapes tool in tool presets. find leaf that you want to use. draw leaf shape as large as you can on your layer Fill: black. no stroke see screenshot.
3. Go to edit>define brush preset, name it, click ok it is now in your brush pre-sets.

 

 

PART 1: MAKE THE LEAF BORDER BACKGROUND PAPER

 We will make the background paper first by adding color, using a layer mask and stamp with leaf brush the border, and then clip a plaid background to the colored paper.

STEPS:  click to download PDF steps leafbackgroundtutorial Part 1 and 2 with screenshots
1. file>new choose what size you want it to be. I suggest you use the dimensions that you need for the image you plan to put the border on.  I used 20×16. The image I have in mind has dimensions 10×8 so it will fit perfectly.  Enter Width: 20 in, Height 16 in, res 300, Set background as transparent
2. Ctrl>j to duplicate layer, then choose layer>new fill layer>solid color. choose color from color picker, OK
3. Press D to set foreground color to black, click on layer mask to activate layer. Click brush tool in tool box.
4. Go to window>brush to see brush presets. choose leaf brush. set size to 1500, spacing to 25%. check the boxes for shape dynamics, scattering, transfer and smoothing. Begin stamping design around edges to create design.
5. To add additional pattern choose layer>new fill layer>pattern. ok, choose pattern ,ok
6. To inlay pattern to solid color area only, leaving leaves transparent, you must create a cliiping mask. To do this click in the empty area of the layer to bring up the layer menu, click create clipping mask. I use the opacity slider to lighten my pattern.To make the pattern larger you can doubleclick the pattern and increase the scale. In the image, I scaled my pattern up to 800 and decreased the opacity to 15%.  Save in psd format. close window.

 

 

 PART 2: ADD LEAF BORDER BACKGROUND PAPER TO YOUR IMAGE

Almost there… get ready for some magic!

STEPS:
1. Open image you want to add background to. Then to preserve your original, ctrl>j to duplicate layer.
2. Go to bridge, find background psd file that you just created. drag background file from bridge and drop on top of your working image, hit enter . This will bring your image in as a smart object which will be helpful later.
3. Click on background, decrease opacity so you can see image below.
4. Click to add a layer mask on the background paper layer. It is at the bottom of layers palette. see picture it is the rectangle with square inside it. hit D, set foreground paint color to black and use soft edge paint brush tool approximate size 500 pixels, hardness 0. decrease paint brush flow to 50%. begin to paint your underlying image back, adjust paint brush size and flow accordingly to fade edges and achieve natural look.* If you have painted away too much and want to bring back some of the background, simply hit the x to flip your paint color to white and paint it back in. this is not an exact science, have fun with it!
BONUS
When you brought in your background from bridge, it brought it in as a smart object. This means you can double click on the background layer  and change the color orange to another color, or even the pattern, if you wanted to choose another pattern. Double click the pattern background. it will bring up a new window with the background and its layers. Double click the color orange and choose new color. click file>save and it will automatically update the smart object to the new color. Do same with pattern if you want to change its scaled size, or pick a new one. If you don’t like what you just did, use the history button to go back.

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Bring in the focus with a splash of color – colorize tutorial

Colorsplash_LIThis is a fun way to bring extra attention to a particular area of a busy or almost too colorful image.   It will definitely “draw” the viewer’s focus to exactly where you want it to be on the image. Colorizing in Photoshop can be accomplished in many different ways, this is just one way to colorize.  I think this is one of the easiest ways and should only take less than ten minutes.  We will change the image to black and white then using a mask and a paint brush, we will bring a splash of color back.  Enjoy!

This Colorize Tutorial available as PDF download click here

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The kitten photographed by Kelly Richardson in this image is a rescue kitten that has been in foster care since she was just 4 weeks old. She was adopted almost immediately within hours after her image was uploaded to the adoption website. She is extremely sweet and affectionate and it was not hard to fall in love with her while taking her photos. This image is also part of our LuvKelly Recycles Campaign for November, and is available for licensing on greeting cards and such, along with many others from the shoot. If interested in seeing more, please contact Kelly using this contact from.

Add Bokeh Background

 

White and orange tabby kitten playing in fall leaves

Capture the Colors of Fall with natural brown, rich red, orange and yellow hues.  Add Bokeh background to enrich your original image, adding more color and dimension.  In this Photoshop Tutorial we will be capturing a small part of our image that lends itself to creating a beautiful bokeh background – the colored berries.  We will use that piece with the Field Blur Filter to create a colorful bokeh background that can be used for many purposes. In this case, we used the bokeh background we just created to blend on top of our original image to add more color and depth to the image. Follow this Photoshop tutorial to find out how.

Click to download a PDF of this tutorial. **Some knowledge of Photoshop CS6 is necessary to complete this tutorial.

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WHICH IMAGE DO YOU LIKE BETTER?

BEFORE Bokeh Background
White and orange tabby kitten playing in fall leaves on a brown, burlap background with acorn, berries, stem,
AFTER Bokeh Background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment used for this shoot: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon Macro 100mm 1:2.8L IS