Greenery is the Pantone color of the year for 2017. Articulate Challenge even has a week dedicated to creating a greenery template/course. I thought I would use a greenery background for a template, but a bit more interesting than a solid or gradient one. So I came up with this bokeh idea after watching a wonderful video of plants germinating with beautiful bokeh background (around 1:40′).
Above is the result of my experiment (I referring to this post for steps 3-5, with some chagnes). A summary of the steps:
- Create a solid greenery layer.
- Create some gradient fills. I used three gradient fills: linear, so the bottom is darker; reflection, so the middle becomes the darkest; diamond, so that there’s a bit of variations/shadows in the center part. This will be the backdrop.
- Now for the bokeh. On a new layer, use the brush tool to draw the dots. Vary the positions and sizes.
- Now click Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur. Move the slider to create the blurred effect. I used around 20 for this one.
- Change the blend mode of the layer to Color Dodge. This makes the blurred dots brighter.
- Create another layer, draw some smaller dots, and change the blend mode to Color Dodge. These are the non-blurred dots that make the bokeh more interesting and realistic.
That’s it. This is a crude experiment. For more realistic results, you might refer to a real bokeh photo and adjust the sizes and positions of the dots. But it’s a relatively easy to way to add some visual interest to a background.