Hello blog land...I'm going to try to do something new here this year and include a few more tutorials. This time around it's a photography/photoshop one...but they might not always be.
Today I'm going to share a little trick I learned to add bokeh effects to a photo in Photoshop. Now, I'm sure there are lots of ways to do this. Disclaimer: I am not a Photoshop expert. I find/figure out ways to do things that make sense to me. To some of you this is probably old hat, but some of you might be like me and looking for simple ways of doing things. So I thought I'd share what I found...
When I was working on my Christmas card this year I knew that I wanted to incorporate an Instagram style to it. I use bokeh effects on my Instagram pictures all the time with the app Picfx. But I hadn't incorporated it into any of my 'real' pictures.
I did a little googling....and here's what I figured out...
First, you'll need a picture like this:
Now, open up this photo, and the photo you want to add the effect to in Photoshop:
With the bokeh photo selected click to select all (Command + A):
Now you are going to choose the Move Tool and then click and drag the bokeh photo on top of your photo:
Now, I didn't like the highlights & lowlights on their faces. That's an easy fix. Just select the Eraser Tool (adjust size and opacity to your liking) and erase where you don't want the bokeh to show.
To finish up the photo I used an action from Two Peas: Bold Tea to warm it up just a touch.
*Are you looking for some affordable Photoshop actions? Check out these from Two Peas by Adrienne Looman. I especially love the Clean Exposure one. I've been using it to edit the photos of my layouts...works great.