Adding Bokeh to Your Images in Photoshop

This  video tutorial by portrait photographer Nathaniel Dodson (from the website tutvid) takes a look at how to add Bokeh to existing image to give the background  a little bit more interest.

In case you didn’t know the term Bokeh comes from the Japanese word boke which means “blur” or “haze”. A good or bad Bokeh might be subjective but it typically refers to the way points of light look in the out of focus portion of the image.

Dodson starts with a base light layer and then create a specific Bokeh layer, add it as a new layer and then add a color layer and blur both of them as well as add a bit of noise to them.

You can check another way of adding Bokeh to your image using Photoshop on a different video created by Howard Pinsky entitled “How to Create Bokeh in Photoshop“. 

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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