Experiment with Heart Bokeh Textures


by Jen White

When browsing through emails the other day, I came across an offer for free “heart bokeh textures.”

My first thought was, “Sounds like something I NEED!”

A nano second later (maybe a little more), I was downloading the mysterious “textures” and spending the afternoon with my new toys. I had a great time and thought I might as well drag you along to the party. Let me get you started. . . .

Download the Heart Bokeh Textures

• Go to: http://gloeckchen.deviantart.com/art/Heart-Bokeh-Textures-110665615
• Click on the Download button. Here’s where to find it:


ATTENTION: The file will download as a zipped RAR file. If your computer doesn’t know what to do with RAR files (my Mac had no problems with the RAR file), then you can convert the RAR into a ZIP file. Here’s how to do that:

  • Download the RAR file to your computer’s Desktop.
  • Go to: http://www.convertfiles.com/convert/archive/RAR-to-ZIP.html
    This is a free website—Convert.com—that will convert files for you. I did experience a couple pop-ups, but those are easily exited out of.
  • Click Browse and navigate to the RAR file on your Desktop.
  • Change the Output to Zip File Archive and click Convert.


The process will take several minutes. You will see it working. When it’s finished, Convert.com give you the link to download the ZIP file. Click on the link to download it, then you are good to go.


So what do you do with things like this? Well, just do like me—experiment. In other words, make ugly things until you come up with something you like! Let me show you some of the simple results I came up with.

Use the Textures as Paper Overlays

When I first saw these textures, my first idea was to put them on a background paper. Simple enough, right? So, here’s a paper from Everlasting Love by Studio Manu. It’s a LOVE kit, but this paper didn’t say much about “love” until I applied the texture.

Here is the paper before I applied the Heart Bokeh Texture:


And, here is that same paper with the texture applied with a Blend Mode of Soft Light:


Use the Textures as Photo Overlays

Next on my list was to try these textures on some photos. What photos work best? Well, bokeh happens where there is light. So I went on a search for photos that have sunlight streaming through them.

Here is a stock photo I found that has good sunlight. This is the before image:


Here is that same image with the heart bokeh texture applied with a Blend Mode of Soft Light:


Here is a snapshot of my beautiful Addyson on a bright weekday morning. When I took this photo, my first thought was that the photo was ruined by the sun. Here’s the before:


But, I’m glad I kept the photo. I really like the result of the after photo. What little girl wouldn’t want hearts floating all around her?!? For this image, I set the Blend Mode of the texture to Color Dodge.


You just never know what you are going to get until you experiment. Give these textures a try and then stop back by to leave a link to your results. The party is just getting started. 😀

Heart Bokeh Textures: gloeckchen at DeviantArt.com
Background paper: Everlasting Love by Studio Manu
Jogging photo: MorgueFile.com
Addyson photo: Jen White


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21 Responses to “ Experiment with Heart Bokeh Textures ”

  1. Nanci25 on March 2, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Using these textures as overlays creates so much depth in your photos. It almost makes them come alive. I’m going to get mine right now! THANKS FOR SHARING!

  2. Luisa (ouisiekelly) on February 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    This is really cool. Thanks a lot Jen. I will play with them 🙂

  3. lozzie on February 15, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    thanks so much …looking forward to using these great bokeh hearts…

  4. Jennifer K on February 14, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    How fun!! Thanks for the info. I’m off to make a page with it.
    Jen (jeneeo)

  5. BettyC on February 13, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you so much, Jen, especially for the conversion instructions!

  6. Diane G on February 11, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks so much, Jen, for the freebie link and for all the ideas on how to use them! I’m looking forward to playing!

  7. Diane on February 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Thank-you for this lovely bokeh and tips to use them. Thank-you also for the ‘convert files’ tip. I have never been able to download .rar files before.

  8. Frenchie on February 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I loved this when I saw it in the Digital Scrapper Newsletter and rushed to download the file. Thanks for that tip. I also want to thank you for the tip about Bokeh Textures working best on photos with light. I was not aware of that. Maybe a tutorial on using Bokeh Overlays could be developed for one of the Premier Tutorials. I’d sure like to see it.

  9. cjdegroot on February 11, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks, this is awesome!

  10. RuthAnn on February 11, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    These heart bokeh are so cute!! Thanks for sharing. Will have fun playing with them.

  11. Annette on February 11, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Thanks Jen, I got it. Looking forward to playtime.

  12. janine on February 11, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Thank you so much for these adorable bokeh textures. I have downloaded them and can’t wait to start making some fun layouts with them. Thanks also for the instructions for converting this file – that is a really handy website. You rock as my grandkids would say.

  13. Brigitta (Scrapgirl) on February 11, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Thank you Jen…I will experiment with this as well. Your photos turned out great, very inspiring.

    Scrapgirl (Brigitta)

  14. Lynphd on February 11, 2014 at 9:35 am

    “so little to do and so much time!” Stop. Reverse that! There is so much I want to try to do that I’m afraid that I could spend all day using these new toys and not get anything else done. Like work. ☺ Thanks, Jen, for finding these.

  15. PJ on February 11, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I am blown away – never tried anything like this before, thank you sooo much!

  16. Wanda Fulton on February 11, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Thanks for all the cool tips Jen. You have inspired me today!!

  17. Cristi on February 11, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Very neat! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Evelyn on February 11, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Thanks for the freebie info. Can’t wait to try it.

  19. Kathy S on February 10, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    This looks like so much fun…can’t wait to try it! Thanks, Jen.

  20. Nann on February 10, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Yep…. love it and I will play around with it.

  21. Jenifer J (rfeewjlj) on February 10, 2014 at 1:37 am

    This is so cool!! 🙂 Love it! 🙂

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