What Is Bokeh Filter And How To Use It?

Last Update date : Nov 20. 2020
What is Bokeh Filter and How to use it

In this FAQ:


• What is bokeh filter?
• Which Samsung phone has Live Focus with bokeh filter?

• How to use Live Focus to achieve bokeh effect?

• How to create blurry background effect even on S9?

• Troubleshooting 

What is Bokeh effect?

Bokeh (pronounced as BOH-kay) filter makes photographs visually appealing by blurring out the background and
focusing on the subject. Live Focus feature and allows you to apply bokeh effect in your photos.


This feature is available on S9+ and Note8.

How to use Live Focus to achieve bokeh effect?
1 Go to camera app > select Live Focus
Go to Camera app

Go to Camera app

Select Live Focus

Select Live Focus

2 Change depth of field to adjust the blur > Capture
Adjust the blur level by dragging the bacgkround blur adjustment  bar

Change depth of field to adjust the blur

Tap Camera icon to take a photo

Tap Camera icon to take a photo

3 You can also edit the background blur level of a photo taken with the Live focus feature in Gallery
Select a photo taken with the Live focus feature in Gallery

Select a photo taken with the Live focus feature in Gallery

4 Tap ADJUST BACKGROUND BLUR
Tap ADJUST BACKGROUND BLUR

Tap ADJUST BACKGROUND BLUR

5 Drag the background blur adjustment bar to the left or right to adjust the blur level, and then tap the tick icon to save photo
Adjust the blur and save the photo

Adjust the blur and save the photo

Blurry background effect even on S9

Even though S9 doesn’t have Live Focus with bokeh filter, you can always achieve a similar effect by using the S9’s Selective Focus feature.

1 Go to camera app > select Selective Focus
1)	Go to camera app

Go to camera app

select Selective Focus

Select Selective Focus

2 Position the object within 20 inches from the phone > Capture
Capture Image

Capture Image

3 Tap Adjust background blur
Tap Adjust background blur

Tap Adjust background blur

4 You can select any one of the 3 background blur options: Near Focus, Far Focus and Pan Focus
Select any one of the 3 background blur options

Select any one of the 3 background blur options

Troubleshooting

The bokeh filter or effect may not work properly under the following conditions:


• The device or the subject is moving

• The subject is thin or transparent

• The subject has a similar color or pattern to the background

• The subject or background is plain

Thank you for your feedback!

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