Exposure X Bokeh Tutorial Video

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We just finished up a new bokeh tutorial tutorial video teaching about Exposure X’s bokeh controls. Take a few minutes to focus on what’s out of focus. Bokeh used to be it’s own software product, but it was integrated into Exposure a few versions back. Now you get two products for the price of one when you buy Exposure X.

Have you ever taken a long look at the way blur behaves? Bokeh is the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of an image. Exposure’s blur gives you the look and feel of an actual lens. I’m talking about the kind of blur that’s way beyond Gaussian.

In the bokeh tutorial, you’ll learn how to control the look of the blur and how to use focus regions to specify areas which remain sharp. See how to use the tons of preset blurring styles that simulate current lenses from Canon or Nikon, and some from historic models too. Learn about highlight boosting and pick up a few tips about grain matching.

You can quickly grab from presets, or you can dive in and create your own creative focus effect. Whatever you choose to do, this bokeh tutorial video contains all of the needed info to get you blurring like a boss in Exposure X. Take a peek.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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  1. Amalia S. October 8, 2016 at 7:00 am

    I am trying to add multiple blur shapes into an image. I want to use one half planar shape and on top, a circular shape. Is this not possible?

    when I try this, either all bokeh adjustments are deleted (although on the panel it seems as if they are customly set) or only the first adjustment is only apparent. Is there no way to add one on top of the other and then merge? like, layer style?
    thank you in advance,

    • Jimmy Beech October 10, 2016 at 7:09 am

      Hi Amalia,

      Yes, you can add multiple focus regions to an image in Exposure. I suspect that you have overlap between the regions, which can easily cancel each other out. One way to preview where the blurring will happen is by holding the Show Mask button. The mask will show you where the blurring effect is applied: black means blur, white means no blur. In Bokeh, once a masked area is white, it can’t be changed back to black by adding more regions. You will need to adjust the other focus region to make them work together.

      If the blurring effect you hope to achieve is complex, you may have better luck using the brushing tool.

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