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Adding a synthetic light bokeh

From: Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Adding a synthetic light bokeh

In this movie, I'll show you how to add a synthetic bokeh to your depth-of-field effect and when I say bokeh I mean the one that spelled either b-o-k-e or if you prefer Adobe's spelling b-o-k-e-h. And it's essentially the interplay of light, the iridescence of the Blur effect. And I want to create a little action down here inside the highlights in the canal, so I am going to select the Background, press Ctrl+Alt+J or Command+Opt+J on a Mac, and I'll call this new layer "canal bokeh" like so, and then click OK.

Adding a synthetic light bokeh

In this movie, I'll show you how to add a synthetic bokeh to your depth-of-field effect and when I say bokeh I mean the one that spelled either b-o-k-e or if you prefer Adobe's spelling b-o-k-e-h. And it's essentially the interplay of light, the iridescence of the Blur effect. And I want to create a little action down here inside the highlights in the canal, so I am going to select the Background, press Ctrl+Alt+J or Command+Opt+J on a Mac, and I'll call this new layer "canal bokeh" like so, and then click OK.

Now I'll drag that layer above the 2nd pass layer, because we're going to eventually mask it into place, and I'll press Ctrl+Alt+F or Command+Opt+F on the Mac in order to revisit my pins. Now, you get to the Bokeh options here inside the Blur Effects panel, but it's very possible the panel will be collapsed. If so, double-click on words Blur Effects in order to bring up these options. Now I'm going to crank up this Light Bokeh value to 55%, like so. Notice that that just blows the heck out of the highlights toward the top of the image, and we'll address that in just a minute.

But you'll also notice that the Bokeh is fairly neutral; in other words, we have white blown highlights that transition into the original colors inside the image. If you want to light up those edges, then you increase the Bokeh Color value, and I'm going to take it all the way up to 60%, like so. Now at this point I've affected the highlights at the top of the image, but I'm not affecting any of the light that's being cast onto the canal. And you can change the range of luminance levels that are affected using this Light Range slider. So notice right now we're affecting any luminance levels between 210 and 255, so just the brightest luminous levels inside the image.

I'm going to drag this black slider triangle all the way down to 115, like so, and that's going to light up these highlights, really these midtones in the lower-left region of the image. And now to better focus the effect on those midtones, I'll go ahead and drag the white slider triangle down to a value of 160, is actually what I'm looking for. So I'll just go and nudge that value up. And you can see that ends up giving us these wonderful highlights on the water. Now, that really messes up the details at the top of the image, and I have all these crazy color effects going on.

But that's okay, because we're going to mask that region out. So once you achieve an effect like I have here, go ahead and click the OK button in order to apply about that blur to the active layer. You'll get the progress bar once again. And then once it's finished, because we want to mask away most of this layer, drop down to the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the panel and then press Alt key or the Option key and click on it, and that will mask that entire layer away. Then go ahead and grab the Brush tool, which you can get by pressing the B key.

I still have my Hardness value set to 75%, as you can see if I right-click inside the image window. So I'll go ahead and press the Enter key to hide that panel. Now I'll press the D key in order to establish white as my foreground color, and I'll begin painting those highlights into the water, like so. Now I might want to scroll down, just to make sure that I'm painting all the way to the bottom of the image. Then I'll reduce the size of my cursor and paint in a couple of other highlights over this location. But I don't want to go too far with it. If you start painting over like that, we end up getting an effect that's not quite that realistic.

Anyway, I'm going to press the X key in order to switch the foreground and background colors, so I can paint with black, and then I'll paint these little bits of highlight away. And I think that's actually pretty interesting effect, although I might want to get rid of him. All right, you can do what you want, make whatever aesthetic choices seem right to you, but this is the effect I was going for. So I'll press Shift+F once again to switch to the Fill Screen mode, and I'll scroll down a little bit as well. And that is my final synthetic bokeh, thanks to the Blur Effect options that are available to you anytime you're working inside the Blur Gallery.

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 30m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 19s
    2. Loading the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      6m 5s
    3. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 4s
    4. Adjusting a few general preferences
      4m 3s
    5. Using the visual HUD color picker
      2m 2s
    6. The interface and performance settings
      5m 31s
    7. Adjusting the color settings in Photoshop
      7m 0s
  2. 47m 0s
    1. Smart Objects
      1m 36s
    2. Three ways to place a Smart Object
      3m 6s
    3. Copying and pasting from Adobe Illustrator
      4m 11s
    4. Transforming and warping a vector object
      4m 48s
    5. Blending a Smart Object into a photograph
      3m 10s
    6. Blurring with a nested Smart Filter
      4m 57s
    7. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      3m 20s
    8. Creating "true clones"
      3m 50s
    9. Duplicating a group of clones
      2m 53s
    10. Breaking the Smart Object link
      2m 53s
    11. Styling and blending Smart Objects
      2m 44s
    12. Editing originals; updating clones
      3m 41s
    13. Removing people from a scene with Median
      5m 51s
  3. 29m 59s
    1. Luminance meets sharpening
      1m 2s
    2. Correcting for lens distortion
      4m 39s
    3. Introducing Shadows/Highlights
      3m 54s
    4. Mitigating halos with Radius values
      4m 19s
    5. Enhancing the effects of Midtone Contrast
      3m 18s
    6. Creating a "bounce" with Gaussian Blur
      3m 29s
    7. Sharpening on top of blur
      2m 47s
    8. Masking a group of Smart Filters
      2m 53s
    9. Reducing the density of a layer mask
      3m 38s
  4. 49m 10s
    1. Using Curves
      2m 40s
    2. Introducing the Curves adjustment
      7m 36s
    3. Adding and editing points on a curve
      6m 27s
    4. Winning Curves tips and tricks
      8m 12s
    5. Correcting a challenging image
      6m 33s
    6. Selecting and darkening highlights
      4m 39s
    7. Neutralizing colors and smoothing transitions
      6m 6s
    8. The new automatic Curves function
      6m 57s
  5. 1h 31m
    1. Camera Raw
      2m 11s
    2. Opening and editing multiple images
      8m 1s
    3. Correcting white balance
      4m 8s
    4. The revamped Exposure controls
      8m 8s
    5. Working with archival images
      7m 54s
    6. The Spot Removal and Graduated Filter tools
      6m 4s
    7. Painting edits with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 23s
    8. Tone Curves (and why you don't need them)
      5m 57s
    9. Straighten, crop, and geometric distortions
      5m 17s
    10. Applying manual lens corrections
      5m 14s
    11. Vignette, chromatic aberration, and fringe
      6m 49s
    12. Selective hue, saturation, and luminance
      6m 36s
    13. Working with JPEG and TIFF images
      6m 36s
    14. Camera Raw Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    15. Editing Camera Raw images from Bridge
      4m 24s
  6. 32m 30s
    1. Duotones
      1m 23s
    2. Creating a professional-quality sepia tone
      4m 18s
    3. Introducing the Gradient Map adjustment
      5m 42s
    4. Loading a library of custom gradients
      3m 48s
    5. Creating a custom quadtone
      5m 48s
    6. Colorizing with blend modes and Opacity
      4m 6s
    7. Creating a faux-color, high-key effect
      7m 25s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Noise vs. Details
      1m 28s
    2. Introducing the Reduce Noise filter
      7m 29s
    3. Correcting a noisy photo
      5m 33s
    4. Smoothing over high-contrast noise
      5m 50s
    5. Protecting details with an edge mask
      4m 52s
    6. Adjusting overly saturated shadows
      3m 35s
    7. Correcting with High Pass and Lens Blur
      3m 45s
    8. Brushing away blur and sharpening
      6m 42s
    9. Creating texture by adding noise
      5m 28s
    10. The Camera Raw Detail panel
      7m 8s
    11. Correcting noise and detail in Camera Raw
      8m 10s
    12. Adding noise grain and vignetting effects
      6m 47s
  8. 44m 30s
    1. Blur Gallery
      1m 36s
    2. Creating depth-of-field effects in post
      5m 29s
    3. Modifying your Field Blur settings
      4m 57s
    4. Editing and exporting a Field Blur mask
      6m 15s
    5. Adding a synthetic light bokeh
      3m 52s
    6. Using the Selection Bleed option
      7m 29s
    7. Creating a radial blur with Iris Blur
      6m 59s
    8. Creating "fake miniatures" with Tilt-Shift
      4m 35s
    9. Combining multiple Blur Gallery effects
      3m 18s
  9. 1h 34m
    1. Blend Modes
      1m 16s
    2. Using the Dissolve mode
      9m 47s
    3. Multiply and the darken modes
      8m 30s
    4. Screen and the lighten modes
      8m 10s
    5. Cleaning up and integrating a bad photo
      6m 38s
    6. Blending inside blend modes
      6m 55s
    7. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 53s
    8. A few great uses for the contrast modes
      9m 7s
    9. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      5m 5s
    10. Capturing the differences between images
      4m 18s
    11. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      4m 45s
    12. Blend mode shortcuts
      6m 21s
    13. The Fill Opacity Eight
      8m 57s
    14. Using the luminance-exclusion slider bars
      8m 8s
  10. 44m 20s
    1. Color Range
      1m 14s
    2. Introducing the Color Range command
      7m 24s
    3. Selecting a complex image with Color Range
      5m 49s
    4. Refining a selection in the Quick Mask mode
      7m 4s
    5. Viewing a mask with or without its image
      4m 24s
    6. Painting directly inside an alpha channel
      5m 39s
    7. Correcting fringes around a masked layer
      8m 5s
    8. Turning a layer into a knockout
      4m 41s
  11. 59m 43s
    1. Refine Edges
      1m 28s
    2. Laying down a base layer mask
      6m 49s
    3. Introducing the Refine Edge/Mask command
      7m 57s
    4. Edge detection and Smart Radius
      4m 42s
    5. Using the Refine Radius tool
      7m 31s
    6. The transformative power of Refine Edge
      3m 37s
    7. Perfecting a mask with overlay painting
      10m 58s
    8. Combining Quick Selection with Refine Mask
      10m 37s
    9. Bolstering and integrating hair
      6m 4s
  12. 1h 18m
    1. The Pen tool
      1m 50s
    2. Pixel-based masking versus the Pen tool
      6m 45s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path outline
      6m 57s
    4. Moving, deleting, and adding anchor points
      6m 10s
    5. Dragging control handles to modify curves
      5m 27s
    6. Converting a path outline to a vector mask
      5m 36s
    7. Customizing a geometric shape
      5m 53s
    8. How to position points and control handles
      7m 7s
    9. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      8m 7s
    10. Duplicating and scaling a vector mask
      5m 21s
    11. Cusp points and the Rubber Band option
      6m 21s
    12. Setting anchor points in the pasteboard
      6m 8s
    13. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 43s

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