Thursday, January 14, 2010

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.
By The Editors Published in Plug-Ins
onOne Software: FocalPoint 2
FocusBug

FocusBug

The insect-like shape with antennas in the middle of the screen is the FocusBug and the main way of controlling the app. It controls the sweet spot, or the portion that stays in focus, while the outside area blurs. Click the middle of the body, and a round grid shape appears. This is the sweet spot, and you can adjust its size, shape and position.

The legs set the size and shape of the blur, while clicking on the bug itself and moving it around the scene changes the position. The antennas control the type and amount of blur, as well as the hardness of the blur edge. You can make the legs longer to increase the axis of the FocusBug or twist the legs to rotate its shape.

The FocusBug’s shape can change from round to planar (or square). The round version acts more like a selective-focus lens or filter, while planar is helpful when simulating depth-of-field effects or creating the swing and tilt movements of a tilt-shift lens.

Lens Presets

Lens Presets

The revised blur algorithm replicates the physical properties of a lens. Combined with easy-to-use presets, you can simulate blur typically achieved with fast lenses. The result is an authentic out-of-focus look with aperture-shaped highlights that look like they were captured in-camera. This is nice when you can’t open up your lens to get the desired depth of field.

Smart Filter Support

FocalPoint 2 can be used as a Smart Filter in Photoshop CS3 and CS4, allowing you to make nondestructive blurs and vignettes on Smart Objects like RAW files.

Highlight Bloom and Brightness/Contrast Controls

Highlight Bloom and Brightness/Contrast Controls

You can control how strong the highlights are in the blurred area, or bokeh, through the highlight bloom tool. There also are new brightness and contrast controls for the blurred area of the image, expanding your creative options.

Vignettes

Vignettes

Adding a vignette is an immediate way of focusing the viewer’s eye on the object of focus. The vignette controls have been improved to deliver a more natural-looking, edge-only vignette. You also can overlay the vignette to preserve detail.

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