A Greenery Bokeh


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:

  1. Create a solid greenery layer.
  2. 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.
  3. Now for the bokeh. On a new layer, use the brush tool to draw the dots. Vary the positions and sizes.
  4. Now click Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur. Move the slider to create the blurred effect. I used around 20 for this one.
  5. Change the blend mode of the layer to Color Dodge. This makes the blurred dots brighter.
  6. 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.







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