The use of selective focus has been part of photography since the very first lenses where invented. There are many techniques used to control either the plane of focus or removing sharpness from edges. The most common way to do this is by controlling depth of field in the camera by using a large aperture lens producing a narrow depth of field. Now photographers have a new Photoshop plug-in to help put the focus where they want — the all new FocalPoint 1.0.
Ultimate Blur Control
-The unique controller in FocalPoint called the \"FocusBug\" has two shapes, round and planar. The round bug simulates a selective focus lens or filter. It has a round bokeh (out of focus region) that is favored by portrait and wedding photographers
-The FocusBug allows you to tilt the sweet-spot aperture in 3D, simulating the tilt effect of a view camera or tilt-shift lens. These allows you to increase or decrease the amount and feather of blur across a plane.
-FocalPoint allows you to vary the blur style that is used. Select from a standard defocused look or add a little motion to simulate the look of certain lenses.
Add Layer Mask
-FocalPoint always returns its results to a new layer in Photoshop, protecting your original image for further editing. It can even automatically add a layer mask so you can selectively paint out the FocalPoint effect in Photoshop to restore important details.
-FocalPoint also allows you add add a vignette, either lighter or darker around the sweet-spot. You control the amount and size in realtime. No need to make another layer or use complicated effects or actions. You can even use FocalPoint just for vignetting without blurring the image at all.
Windows XP with SP2 or Vista
Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework or higher
OpenGL capable video card with 128MB VRAM (256 recommended) at 1024x768 or higher
OK with Adobe Photoshop 9.0 (CS2) <- tested