Tag: Bokeh

Boost your Bokeh with MacPhun Focus 2 Pro

MacPhun Focus 2 Pro does the same job as a number of other digital ‘bokeh’ filters. It lets you selectively defocus parts of the image to create a shallow depth of field effect. This can work well with portraits, where it can blur cluttered backgrounds, and you can use it with high-angle shots that look down on your subject to create a ‘miniature’ effect. It’s all done using an on-screen gadget which is either circular or horizontal. You adjust this to produce your area or zone of sharp focus. Away from this the focus drops away so that the...

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3 ways to add digital depth of field with the Perfect Effects 8 Lens Blur filter

It’s easy to get shallow depth of field with a camera. You just need a camera with a large sensor, and a lens with a large maximum aperture and the laws of physics do the rest. But adding depth of field digitally is trickier, so let’s see if a filter designed specifically to do this job can produce genuinely realistic results. The new Lens Blur filter in Perfect Effects 8 (part of the new Perfect Photo Suite 8 bundle) is going to look familiar to anyone who’s used past versions of Perfect Photo Suite. It’s actually the Focal Point...

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How to create depth of field effects with Focal Point 2

Focal Point 2 is available both on its own and as part of OnOne’s Perfect Photo Suite, a collection of image effects and tools which can be used as a Photoshop/Lightroom/Aperture plug-in, but also works as a standalone application. You can achieve very sophisticated depth of field effects with this program, but it does take some learning – that’s the only thing I’ve got against Perfect Photo Suite at the moment, the fact that I have to keep checking the manual to figure out how things work. I’ve never had this to quite the same extent with Nik (Google)...

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