Bokeh has long been a celebrated photographic style. In simplistic terms, it features a primary focus on a subject and a gently blurred background. The technique is both beautiful and a sure way to grab a user’s attention.
But what if you want to implement a Bokeh aesthetic without photography? There are some unique methods for doing so.
Here are eight examples of Bokeh effects powered by code. There may be some similarities on the surface. But look closely, and you’ll also discover how detailed these presentations are. Let’s get started!
Bokeh Lighting Background by Wakana Y.K.
In photography, Bokeh often adds depth to an image. This snippet takes the concept to an entirely different level. Three.js is used to add some slick 3D animation. Plus, users can drag the background to change the perspective.
See the Pen Bokeh Lighting Background by Wakana Y.K.
Bokeh CSS Doodle by Crystal S
See the Pen Bokeh CSS Doodle by Crystal S
Animated Bokeh Lava Lamp Canvas by smpnjn
This example of Bokeh combines the effect with the gooey brilliance of a lava lamp. Bubble-like lens flares fade in and out of focus, while the movement remains serene. The result is a scene that creates a calming vibe.
See the Pen Animated Bokeh Lava Lamp Canvas by smpnjn
Hex Bokeh Effect by Will Boyd
Here’s a decidedly different take on Bokeh. First, you’ll notice a static-looking background that features hexagons. But start scrolling, and you’ll discover a scattered parallax effect. The snippet also uses a clever bit of generative UI to create a new scene upon each page refresh.
See the Pen Hex Bokeh by Will Boyd
Bokehlicious with CSSby Andy Fitzsimon
If you’re looking for subtle beauty, this snippet fits the bill. True to form, it emphasizes the foreground text. Meanwhile, colorful blobs move quietly in the background. SVG and CSS combine to add an atmospheric touch.
See the Pen bokehlicious by Andy Fitzsimon
Canvas Bokeh Effect by Aaron Silber
You may notice that most of the examples we’ve shared have a dark color scheme. But this one is proof that a bright palette can also be compelling. Once again, subtlety rules as dots gently fade in and out. It’s nothing fancy – but that’s the point.
See the Pen Canvas Bokeh Effect by Aaron Silber
Snowing Bokeh by Preetesh Jain
This snowy snippet can convey an array of emotions – from seasonal to noir. The black-and-white color scheme also provides a different twist on the aesthetic. The greatest concentration of white is at the bottom, yet it’s hard not to focus on the darker dots descending from the top.
See the Pen Snowing Bokeh by Preetesh Jain
Refreshing CSS Bokeh Effect by Nayra Rodrguez
Does your project have some flexibility when it comes to color? Then this snippet is worth checking out. Each click or refresh paints a new scene – including the color palette. The slow-moving orbs and muted tones won’t distract from your content.
See the Pen Untitled by Nayra Rodrguez
Bring Bokeh into Focus Through Code
Implementing Bokeh effects is a surefire way to add some artistic flair to your website. And the snippets above demonstrate a variety of potential uses. You can create anything from subtle backgrounds to something big and bold.
We hope you found this roundup inspiring! If you’d like to see even more examples of Bokeh in action, check out our CodePen collection.