Tagged: Bokeh

Photoshop CS6 Sneak Peek #6

This latest sneak peek offers a look at Photoshop’s new Iris Blur feature, which by all indications will render any “Bokeh” filters by 3rd parties virtually obsolete for the average designer.

That being said, Bokeh 2 from Alien Skin offers a lot of control over the bokeh filter process, as well as numerous other features that I don’t see in this video – so I suspect photographers and designers who want a richer feature set may still find value in the Alien Skin plugin.

Alien Skin announces Bokeh 2 plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS5

Bokeh 2 boxAlien Skin has released Bokeh2, thier easy to use tools for creative blurring, including spiral motion blur. New support for Adobe Photoshop CS5 64-bit and Lightroom is in the mix, as is an improved preview feature which is now much faster and more interactive, making experimentation easier.

Bokeh 2 gives photographers and designers a wide range of tools to focus attention where they want it. The focus region is easily placed over the subject and then the fun begins. Every aspect of the lens blur can be customized, from highlight intensity and shape to motion blur and vignette.

Bokeh 2 released

Focus attention where you want it with Bokeh 2

Bokeh 2 now works in Lightroom, including batch processing. The 64-bit version of Photoshop CS5 works great with Bokeh on both platforms. Bokeh provides multiple techniques for non-destructive editing in Photoshop, including Smart Filter support and rendering effects on a duplicate of the original layer.

Bokeh 2 sells for $199. Owners of Bokeh 1 may upgrade for $99. Online or physical delivery is available through the Alien Skin website. Free upgrades will be automatically sent to purchasers of Bokeh 1 who purchased in April 2010 or later.

Bokeh 2 is a plug-in and requires one of the following host applications:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS3 or later
  • Adobe Lightroom 2 or later
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 or later

I’m a huge fan of Bokeh, and I plan on putting it through its paces and post a review as soon as I get my hands on it.

Free textures: Bokeh

Bokeh is the way a camera lens renders out-of-focus points of light. Bokeh textures can make for beautiful backgrounds and a simple way to add a little interest to your design layouts.

Bokeh textures

Out of focus light (Bokeh) can make beautiful highlight elements in your design layout

This free pack of ten Bokeh textures will give you a great start to your collection. Each texture in the pack is approximately 6.5 x 5 inches at 300dpi.

Alien Skin Bokeh plugin review

Macworld recently published my review of Alien Skin Software’s Bokeh plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks and Elements.

AlienSkin Bokeh

AlienSkin Bokeh plugin offers easy tilt-shift effects

Part 1 of the review can be found here, and covers the bokeh effect to emphasize your subject by adding blur to the background and adjusting the highlights of your image. Part 2 of the article can be found here, and covers the ability to use the Bokeh plugin to simulate tilt-shift photography, which effectively allows you to turn your image into a miniature model as seen in the image above. If you don’t have the budget for expensive tilt-shift and bokeh lenses, this plugin might be just what the digital doctor ordered to enhance your images.