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Basic Bokeh Tutorial by regularjane Basic Bokeh Tutorial by regularjane
A very basic Photoshop/GIMP tutorial on getting started with Bokeh textures. There are a million (nearly!) other ways of using Bokeh within your images...this is just one very simple way of doing so.

You can can find LOADS of Bokeh packs here [link] to experiment with :) !

If you used this tutorial and would like to show off your work leave a comment...

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puppielova Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
i want to try it but the link doesn't exist :'(
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puppielova Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
oh i got it! thank you~
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AiSherryChan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Newbie here.When I click on texture,it was too large so I can't really see the lights.. All I can see is pink.How do I fix this? Sorry for bad english.. ^^;
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regularjane Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No probs!
What program are you using...?

The reason you are seeing just the pink section of the texture when you open it is that it is zoomed in fully. In most programs clicking CTRL and - zooms in to a smaller view of whatever you are viewing. If you need the texture to be smaller you could resize it to a smaller size. Most of my textures are sized at 2600x2600px so if that is too big, scale them down to 800x800px.

If you have pasted it onto your image already, by clicking CTRL T (in photoshop) allows you to resize your texture on top of the image you pasted it onto.

Hope this helps...let me know if you have any further problems!
Jane :)
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AiSherryChan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I'm using GIMP 2.8 version.I tried to follow what you said,but I failed. I wanted to put your texture on a photo but it became like this :


[link]
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regularjane Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
OK..the easiest way to do it is to resize the texture to the same size as your image (or as close as possible as I can see from your screen cap that you are posting the rather large texture onto an image sized at 500x706px). That should do it!
Hope this helps :hug:
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AiSherryChan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
It works! Thank you!
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regularjane Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent! :) :)
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oOStacieOo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
How the heck does this apply to Gimp? < excuse my frustration> I have gimp 2.6 and Im so lost.
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regularjane Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I am not sure about versions of GIMP...I have downloaded a recent one but not sure what version it is! But, I will try to explain...open your image and the texture that you want to use. COPY ctrl+c the texture and PASTE ctrl+v it on to your image. From the layers box (usually on the right hand side) choose a layer mode and adjust the opacity. The layer modes can be adjusted from a drop down menu that usually displays NORMAL to start off with. the opacity is a percentage number near the layer mode menu. Reduce the percentage to suit your image when you have adjusted the layer mode.
I hope this helps....I don't have GIMP on this laptop so this was off the top of my head :hug: Good luck and let me know if you need any more info :)
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oOStacieOo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Find out what the version is o.O
I tried following your simple guidline^ and there is no layers box...
thanks for your patience.. because you are about to deal with a pessimistic person here XD
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regularjane Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
OK...one last try! On my computer with GIMP and I am using the same version as you and have made a couple of rough screen caps.

The first one (1) shows the bokeh layer and the image to paste onto. On the right there is the menu with the layers tab visible.

The second one (2) shows the layer pasted onto the image and the areas highlighted in pink are all the options that you can click on to adjust the layer mode. I have changed the layer mode from NORMAL to SCREEN. The two exclamation marks !! are there to show you where you can grab the layers menu tab if it is not there.

[link] [link]

:hug: I am sometimes pessimistic too but my new years resolution is to be more positive so here I go!
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oOStacieOo Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I GOT ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. I was stupid and didnt pay attention to....the... little square arrow box thing. agh. THANKS !
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regularjane Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yaaaaaaaaay!! Happy New Year! :hug:
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oOStacieOo Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
haha. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PATIENCE :) I was praying the whole time I'd figure it out >< silly me. <3
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oOStacieOo Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I have the window open on the right side where there is SUPPOSED to be layers. Im on the same icon as you are in the first picture: looks like t/cross thing. youll see it in the link below

[link]
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oOStacieOo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ps. try [link]
Its very similar to gimp. check it out please? its online and free :) no need for download.
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oOStacieOo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
[link]
is a tutorial, but it doesnt make sense to me.
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oOStacieOo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
okay. I understand now using the pixl program.. all Im missing is how to transfer the bokeh image over to the other image to make it in the background and what not with the whole opacity thing. I paste the image on ish but I cant see it < I cant necessarily copy and paste the way the tutorial shows... some thing comes up and say "no clipboard" o.o > Thanks for your patience o.o Hopefully this sort of spamming ish stuff hasnt bothered ya.!
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JohnnyNiffer Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
When I paste the bokeh image onto my image it doesn't show me the dotted lines around it so I can adjust the size. Do you have any solutions or suggestions? I've tried a bunch of things, but nothing is working and I'm getting kind of frustrated. :/
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regularjane Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
CTRL + T usually lets you toggle the size of the layer...try that :) And don't get frustrated.
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JohnnyNiffer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes!! That worked! Thank you! :D
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regularjane Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:) :hug:
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simha007 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
usefull tut is this ya.
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regularjane Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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WillaWalo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I am new to this. I downloaded one of your packs, but how do I copy it, it wont let me. :(
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regularjane Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi!
see [link]
Hope this helps! :)
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lily-azalea Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super helpful--thanks for making this!
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regularjane Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: np :heart:
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marwa-ness Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
I love the simple and pleasenty effect it has made.
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regularjane Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart: Thank You :heart:
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