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By Mason Resnick
March 10, 2009
Do defocus control after the fact!
What it does: Alien Skin Bokeh controls the quality of the out-of-focus areas of the image, called "Bokeh" in Japanese. This includes emulating shallow depth of field that would require a telephoto lens and/or a wide aperture in the real world. You can also use this software to create the selective focus effect of tilt-shift lenses and large-format cameras using the radial sweet spot tools; you can also create a toy camera look or change the shape of blurred spectral highlights to create special effects. For example, you can turn those rounded shapes in the blurred background into heartsâ€”a nice post-production touch that wedding photographers may want to offer their customers. Who it's for: Anyone who wants full defocus control and likes to be creative with backgrounds, foregrounds and selective focus effects. It's especially useful for wedding photographers looking for a creative edge. What else you need to use it: A Mac running OS X 10.4.II or later, Windows XP or later, Adobe Photoshop CS3 or Elements 4 on Mac and 6 on PC, or later. Cost: $190 Samples: (Photos courtesy Alien Skin)
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Mason Resnick is the editor of the Adorama Learning Center and a lifetime photography enthusiast.
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