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How can I create quick bokeh?

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Q&A, by Mark White
February 11, 2016

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Bokeh is a great photographic effect that occurs naturally in photos when light appears out of focus, but it’s also something you can manually create, either in your pictures or as textures to use in your work.

While you can manually build bokeh with circle shapes, blend modes or brushes, you can create it from any picture. Simply go to Filter>Blur Gallery>Field Blur, up the blur and experiment with the Light and Color bokeh dials. If you want to create bokeh behind your subject, simply select around the person, Ctrl/right-click and hit Layer Via Cut, and then on your original layer, Ctrl/right-click on the space where your subject was, and choose Fill>Content Aware. This will give a smooth background from which to create your bokeh.