How to Make Bokeh in Photoshop using CS6
Making background BOKEH in Photoshop CS6 Tutorial from Kelly Richardson www.kellyrichardsonimages.com
TREE 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.
- 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.
Photo 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!