Alien Skin Software have announced the immediate availability of Bokeh, its new lens simulation plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Photographers use Bokeh to draw attention to their subject by manipulating focus and depth of field after the shot has been taken. From changing the depth of field to placing a radial sweet spot and adding a vignette, Bokeh has many tools for realistic blurring and altering the mood of a scene. Bokeh is the first software based on mathematics sophisticated enough to produce a natural blur and creamy
"Bokeh is the Japanese word for 'blur' and is a photographic term that refers to the visually-distinctive appearance of the out-of-focus areas in a photograph,
" said Terence Tay, the lead developer of Bokeh. "Alien Skin's Bokeh plug-in provides photographers with the creative freedom to manipulate the aesthetic quality of bokeh, including the ability to create heart and star-shaped bokeh highlights.
"Making the Subject Pop
A busy background or shooting with a narrow aperture can distract the viewer from the photographer's subject. Bokeh can draw attention back to the subject in multiple ways. If the photographer selects the subject in Photoshop, Bokeh can blur the background to give the realistic impression that the shot was taken with a lower f-stop. This decrease in depth of field gets rid of visual clutter. This capability is useful for any photographer, but particularly for the many cameras without full-frame sensors.Limitless Creative Freedom
Bokeh provides a flexible radial sweet spot for gradually softening a scene everywhere except on the subject. This effect could be achieved with expensive tilt-shift lenses, but is more easily done after the shot using Bokeh.
Vignette darkening can be used to draw the eye to the subject, change the mood of a scene, or simulate a low-end Lomo camera. Bokeh provides full control over the vignette, including feathering and shape tools such as the radial sweet spot.
The photographer has a wide range of control over the shape of the simulated aperture in Bokeh. This shape has the most noticeable effect on highlights. Everything from the number of blades to blade curvature to the creaminess (photographic term for softness) of highlights can be manipulated. Bokeh is so flexible that it can even render heart-shaped highlights.Accurate Lens Simulation
Bokeh is the only software that accurately simulates the distinctive blurring and creamy highlights of real lenses. The engineers at Alien Skin Software performed careful experiments with lenses famous for their Bokeh highlights, such as the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 II and the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro. The result is a photo-realistic look, in contrast to the unnatural blur from other software.Pricing and Availability
Bokeh sells for $199 USD. Online or physical delivery is available through the Alien Skin