How To Create Bokeh Effects

The bokeh effect occurs when your subject is in clear focus, but your background (and, occasionally, foreground) is blurred or out of focus. Using the bokeh effect draws the eye to your subject and creates a pleasing contrast between the elements of your composition. You can create the bokeh effect at the time of image capture - or you can use your image processing software to achieve the result.

You can control the amount of blur applied to the area outside the selection, and you can adjust the transition between the area in focus and the blurred areas. Corel PaintShop Pro also lets you choose between circular or hexagonal aperture shapes. The aperture shape can affect light patterns that appear in the out-of-focus areas. This effect is called bokeh, and it is most noticeable in small pinpoints of light on a dark background.

1. Install PaintShop Pro

To install PaintShop Pro photo editing software on your PC, download and run the installation file above. Continue following on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

2. Select the area of focus

From the Edit tab, select the area that you want to keep in focus

3. Adjust depth of field

Click Adjust > Depth of Field. The Depth of Field dialog box appears

4. Adjust the amount of blur

Move the Blur slider to adjust the amount of blur applied to the out-of-focus area.

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