Free Bokeh Overlays + Photoshop Tutorial

free bokeh overlays for photoshop

This post was originally published in December 2016, but has been updated as of 12/13/18.

The Collection now contains nearly 80 bokeh and ring of fire overlays for you to use!  It’s a dropbox link, so it will automatically update when more are added.

Hey hey!  Multiple exposures are all the rage these days with all the beautiful Christmas lights.  In fact, I swear the first one I saw this season was posted by our own Courtney Bowles of @courtneyathome.  (You can see her Member Spotlight and how she shot and edited her now-infamous double exposure here.)

Many of the weekly and monthly themes this month (and every December) include “bokeh” or “lights” or “double/multiple exposures.”

Maybe your camera doesn’t do multiple exposures, or if you have a Nikon, it’s pretty limiting.  (You can watch my attempt to do an in-camera multiple exposure on my nikon d5200 here.  Hint: It ain’t pretty.  I went with Photoshop, ultimately!)

Or, maybe you don’t want to take the time to create some of the special effects like custom-bokeh shapes.  (You can catch Meredith Minor’s tutorial on how to create heart and star-shaped bokeh here.)

And check out Shelby Zavala’s amazing multiple exposure shot step by step here!

Well, I’d love for you to check out our free dropbox folder of bokeh overlays!  Just sign up for our email list below (I promise only to send you really cool stuff!)  I’ve also included a photoshop tutorial for how to use them, and I specifically show you how I created this picture:

create bokeh effect in photoshop

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If you’d like to contribute your own bokeh overlays to the collective, that’d be awesome!  I’ll give you photo credit here on the site and also in the file name – but just know that anyone can use your overlay and won’t be required to give you credit.  Email them to me (in the largest file size possible, or share a dropbox folder with me) at amanda@photographerhack.com.

If you’ve purchased overlays, please don’t send those out of respect for the original seller.


Wouldn’t it be nice to have all the hubs, all the hashtags in one place?  Every day I post, in a private instagram account, all the hub themes and hashtags and provide you with a copy/pasteable list.  It’s never been easier to get featured on a hub!  Click here to check it out.

One thought on “Free Bokeh Overlays + Photoshop Tutorial

  • You are so cool! I don’t think I’ve truly read through something like that before. So wonderful to discover somebody with a few genuine thoughts on this issue. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is something that is required on the internet, someone with some originality!

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