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How-To Create a Holiday Bokeh

2013-12-03 23:41:52 GMT

Bokeh: a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image.

In ACDSee Pro 7 and ACDSee 17 you can achieve the bokeh effect but using the Lens Blur tool in Edit mode. The Lens Blur tool produces a blur that mimics the blurring effect of a camera aperture.

Here’s how to create that effect:

1. In Edit mode, in the Detail group, select Blur.

2. In the Blur type drop-down list, select the type of blur to apply.

3. Set the following options:
  • Select a bokeh shape from the options on the Blur panel. These shapes concentrate in highlights.
  • Amount specifies the strength of the blur. Move the slider to the right to intensify the effect.
  • Bokeh Frequency specifies how often the bokeh shapes show up.
  • Bokeh Brightness specifies how much the bokeh shapes stand out.

4. Do one of the following:

  • Click Done to apply your changes and close the Blur tool.
  • Click Cancel to discard all changes and close the tool.