Photoshop Selections for Exposure’s Bokeh

Good morning, everyone! We have something super-special lined up for you today. A quick and easy lesson in making and managing Photoshop selections. In the video below, I’ll take you through how to make a clean, hard-edged selection for use with specific bokeh effects inside of Exposure.

Photoshop selections: Exposure-Bokeh-Video-Blog

Gotta give Robert Lounsberry props for the shot!

Making a selection like this controls Exposure’s blurring from the Bokeh panel. This is how we can make a realistic-looking shallow depth of field. Once your selection is complete–I use the Quick Selection Tool (W) in the video–save that sucker! There’s nothing worse than losing a selection that took you painstakingly long hours to make. Sure it only takes a few minutes in the video, but you get the idea. You’d certainly save a rough draft of an email, so you may as well get in the habit of saving your Photoshop selections, too.

This video was recorded in a new format with our fancy new setup in the recording booth. Let me know what you think of it.

-jimmy out
*drop the mic*

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Jimmy is on the marketing team at Alien Skin. He builds our training videos, writes for the blog, governs our social channels, and he is the self-proclaimed king of swag. He's also a professional photographer and a complete fitness nut.


  1. Van June 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Where’s the second part, video?

    • Jimmy Beech June 16, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Still working on that one, Van. Should be done soon.

  2. Jerry Cagle June 17, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Nice work, Jimmy, but even more interesting is your editing booth…! How about discussing how you set that up? BTW: you missed a little bit of his nose… =:o)


    • Jimmy Beech June 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Hey Jerry!

      Oh man, that booth was a beast in itself. It took a lot of elbow grease to setup and even more to move. We picked it up from 😉

  3. Norman Nichols June 27, 2015 at 4:02 am

    where is the second video

    • Jimmy Beech June 29, 2015 at 7:18 am

      We’re working on it right now, Norman. Thanks for your interest.

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  5. Sabin Albei October 5, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Hello. I have now Bokeh 2 but I don’t want circles and elipse to use and to make focus and the rest bokeh. I want to do as I did until now, I select the part of the picture that I want do become bokeh to bring something in attention , after I select I went to bokeh choose the type and it became bokeh ( the background ) how can I do this with Bokeh 2?

    Kind Regards,

    Sabin Albei

    • Jimmy Beech October 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      You can use a selection in Photoshop to drive the focus effects in Bokeh 2 just like you described.

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