Thursday, January 14, 2010

onOne Software: FocalPoint 2

By The Editors Published in Plug-Ins
onOne Software: FocalPoint 2
Achieve the popular look created by a tilt-shift or fast-aperture lens even if your budget doesn’t allow you to buy one right now with the second generation of onOne Software’s FocalPoint application. Your lens and aperture setting most often control what area of a photo to make sharp and what to leave out of focus, but FocalPoint 2 allows you to do this digitally by creating realistic depth-of-field effects while also controlling the focal plane. You can maintain the sweet spot of your image while diffusing the background in a way that looks natural, as well as create vignettes around the corners and edges that help focus the viewer’s eye.

This version includes many new features such as support of multiple FocusBugs for creating many areas of focus and complex depth-of-field looks. With the FocusBrush, you can paint focus or blur on any part of the image, giving you more control over the focal point. Also new is the updated blur algorithm, which is designed to simulate the physical properties of a lens for accurately matching the blur that a lens would create.

FocalPoint 2 can be purchased as a stand-alone plug-in or as part of onOne’s new Plug-In Suite 5, a bundle of award-winning applications. Estimated Street Price $159 (stand-alone); $599 (Plug-In Suite 5). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.

Multiple FocusBugs

Add up to six FocusBugs for creating multiple areas of focus or complex depth-of-field looks. You can combine them to create multifaceted shapes or to highlight multiple subjects.

FocusBrush

For even more control over the focal point, you can use the FocusBrush to paint focus or blur on any part of the photo. Use the brush to fine-tune the shape of a FocusBug or to paint wherever you want manually. Two concentric circles control the size with an inner hard edge and outer soft edge.

onOne Panel

Quickly launch FocalPoint 2 from within Photoshop without having to navigate through a bunch of menus. In addition to providing faster access to the application, the panel saves time by letting you access your favorite and most frequently used effects and presets from right inside of Photoshop.

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