Grayscale Bokeh Texture in Photoshop
Our first step in creating the grayscale Bokeh is to render some clouds.
- Start a new project in Photoshop with the dimensions of your finished project. In the example, I am creating a Bokeh background for an Instagram post. So, my project will be 1080 x 1080 pixels at 72 dpi.
- Change the name of the bottom layer to "Bokeh".
- Set the Foreground color to white and the Background color to a mid-gray (#9c9c9c). Fill the background layer with white.
- To create the clouds, click Filter - Render - Clouds.
Now that we have our clouds, we can begin to create the Bokeh effect.
- Click Filter - Filter Gallery - Sketch - Photocopy. Set the Detail to 20 and the Darkness to 40. This will give us several small light areas on a gray background (see screenshot).
Yes, you guessed it. The small light areas will become our Bokeh texture. We will use the Field Blur filter to do this.
- Click Filter - Blur Gallery - Field Blur. Set the Blur slider to 45, the Light Bokeh slider to 40% and the Light Range slider to 215 to 255 (see screenshot).
Now we will create the gradient that will give our Bokeh some color.
- Add a new layer below the Bokeh layer and name it "color". Fill the layer with white.
- Double-click on the layer and check the Gradient Overlay option. Set at least three colors for the gradient (see screenshot).
- Set the Blend Mode for the Bokeh layer to Overlay or Soft Light (see screenshot).
Alternative Gradient: Add a Gradient Fill layer above the Bokeh layer and set the Blending mode to Hard Light. (see screenshot)
That makes a nice background but we can add a little more in the next tutorial.
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