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Project Tip: Saving Bokeh layer styles

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
January 31, 2013

A tip for applying bokeh blur effects using brushes with layer styles in Photoshop

Save your layer styles whenever you need to apply bokeh blurring to an image, using the New Style button in the Layer Style menu.

Then, whenever you next use the Brush tool, open the Styles palette and simply click on your saved one to apply the same effects instantly.


This bokeh effect is revealed in Issue 97, in the Feature ‘Essential Photo Effects’.

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Photoshop Creative issue 97 

  • Robin

    Good idea – where do you find the Bokeh style in Photoshop? – Directions are a little sketchy for me.

  • fantastic effect, i love bokeh style