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Instagram is constantly introducing the latest and greatest features to help users create and share professional-quality photos and videos, including bokeh. The app has revolutionized the way we handle content, and the demands on creativity are ever-increasing. With the bokeh effect now offered by Instagram, users can achieve that professional photo effect from their phone (or desktop).
In this article from Web siteyou’ll learn what bokeh is, how to add bokeh to photos and videos on your mobile phone, what apps are available for bokeh, and how to use it on your desktop computer.
Part 1: What is bokeh effect?
Part 2: How to apply bokeh effects in IG?
Part 3: Best Bokeh Effect Apps for iOS and Android
Part 4: How to add bokeh effect to Instagram video?
The word “bokeh” or “bokeh” is the Japanese term for “blur”. We’ve all seen images where the subject is clearly in focus, but the rest of the image or video is out of focus. This is bokeh at its simplest. The appeal of this type of photography is that it forces the viewer to focus on a very specific part of the image, the part that is in focus.
A slightly more complex but visual way to explain bokeh is that it doesn’t actually blur the background. Sophisticated but beautiful and now accessible to people on both mobile and desktop platforms.
How to add a bokeh effect to blur the background of Instagram Stories?
With the bokeh effect, it’s not difficult to make your Instagram story, although not all mobile devices have this feature. Do not worry; there are a number of apps you can download to achieve this effect, and you can download a finished image from your camera roll.
Steps to Add Bokeh Effect to Instagram App
Open Instagram and create a new story (tap the + in the top left corner of the home screen or profile, or swipe right on the home screen to open the Instagram camera).
At the bottom of the screen you will find Focus. If you don’t see this feature, continue to follow the instructions on how to achieve this effect using other methods.
After selecting the Focus option, you can take a photo or video with bokeh effect. This effect is best achieved when photographing a person or a single object.
You can still edit the image with the Instagram filter options after capturing the focus effect.
Finally, add a story and you’re done!
Again, not all mobile devices are capable of this function. Therefore, I have compiled a list of third-party applications that you can download to achieve the same effect.
Part 3: Best Bokeh Effect Apps for iOS and Android
If you’re one of those people who doesn’t have the Instagram focus feature, there are several apps you can use to create the bokeh effect. Below I will introduce you to two apps that are perfect for adding bokeh effects to photos and videos.
Auto Blur Background – iOS & Android – FREE
The Auto Blur Background app for iOS and Android is free and allows you to import images from your camera roll or take photos directly in the app to blur them. Once you have set the amount of background blur you want, you can add various bokeh effects.
How to create Instagram Story with bokeh effect from this app:
Import your photo or take a photo with Auto Blur Background app.
Edit the data to your liking using the range of tools offered at the bottom of the screen.
To export, select the icon in the lower right corner.
From this step, you can either import directly to Instagram or export to Camera Roll. After exporting to Camera Roll, open the Instagram app and add a new story, select a photo from Camera Roll and click “Add to Story”!
Various editing tools
Save and share options available
Editing tools are customizable
Easy to read interface
Ads appear multiple times while using the app
The blur function is not always accurate for the image
AfterFocus – iOS and Android – $0.99
AfterFocus is another bokeh effect editing app that you can use to import photos to your Instagram story with this feature. With this app, you can set the focus area and then the app will do the rest of the work! This application has an extremely natural and professional look.
To add photos from AfterFocus to your phone:
Select an image to edit using various functions.
Select the export option and save to your camera roll
Open the Instagram app and add a new story by selecting a photo from your camera roll and clicking “Add to Story”!
Basic and advanced editing tools
Dual photo function
Ads appear multiple times while using the app.
Part 4: How to add bokeh effect to Instagram video using Wondershare Filmora?
Now that you’ve learned a few ways to create a bokeh effect for Instagram on mobile devices, it’s time to learn how to add a bokeh effect on your desktop to a video. Here I recommend Wondershare Filmora, an easy-to-use yet powerful video editing software for Windows and Mac.
Filmora allows you to apply circular or linear tilt-shift effects to give your content a simple bokeh effect. Follow the steps below to create bokeh effects with Filmora for Instagram Story videos.
After downloading this software, follow these steps to create a tilt and shift effect:
Launch Filmora and set the Instagram video aspect ratio to 1:1 accordingly, then import your videos into editing software from your computer, phone or tablet.
Drag the clip you want to edit to the “timeline” (bottom panel of the screen) from the top panel.
Go to the Effects panel and find the Utilities category. There you will see options for Tilt Shift Circle and Tilt-Shift Linear. Or you can use the search bar at the top and type “Tilt”, after which you will see “Tilt-Shift Circle” and “Tilt-Shift Linear”.
Drag the effect to the editable part of the clip. These effects can be adjusted to change the intensity, size and rotation of the effect.
Exporting media files from Filmora is very easy. Your content may be published directly to YouTube and Vimeo from that platform, or stored on your computer. Click the “Export” button in the main functions of the interface, select the format in which you want to save the content, and name the file accordingly. Select the location where you want to export the content, then click Export.
Note. In addition to using the tilt-shift circle and line effects for the bokeh effect, you can also try some of the bokeh effects directly. Type “bokeh” in the search bar and then try overlays and bokeh effects.
All in all, Instagram is an all-in-one platform that allows users to create and share their own unique content. The app continues to add new features and options to help users maximize their creativity. These features also include a focus tool or a bokeh effect. Bokeh on Instagram is possible on some devices, but not all. If your Instagram account doesn’t have the ability to use the Focus feature, there are dedicated apps and platforms that allow you to achieve this effect.