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OnOne Software FocalPoint 2 review

Recreate depth of field effects to focus your viewers' attention

As we found with Alien Skin Bokeh 2, there's a limit to how realistic any digital defocusing tool can be, since you can't really recreate the complex planes of a 3D scene from a 2D image. But OnOne Software FocalPoint 2 gets pretty close, delivering remarkably convincing results.

We liked

OnOne Software FocalPoint 2 has a clear, direct interface, it enables you to see the effects of your adjustments as soon as you start working, and it can deliver striking and convincing defocusing effects.

We disliked

The Focus Bug looks smart, but it can be fiddly to use if you're trying to make careful adjustments to the size, shape, position and feathering effect.

Final verdict

Although not perfect, perhaps OnOne Software FocalPoint 2's real value lies in the way it opens your eyes to the creative and compositional potential of your photos.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSoftware
Software Main TypeGraphics/Multimedia
Brand Nameon1
Language SupportedEnglish
Software Sub TypeImage Editing
Distribution Media/MethodDVD-ROM
Licence PricingStandard
Licence TypeComplete Product
Platform SupportedPC, Intel-based Mac
Operating System SupportedMac OS, Windows

Add Multiple Points of Focus:

  • By popular demand, FocalPoint 2 now allows you to use multiple Focus Bugs to define the area you want to keep in focus. You can combine them to create complex shapes or to highlight multiple subjects.

Works as a Standalone Application:

  • Photoshop. Lightroom. Aperture. All are great applications and we hear every day that your photo editing workflow isn't just in Photoshop anymore. To allow you to get perfect enlargements no matter what your workflow may be, Perfect Resize now works with Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture and as a standalone application.

Easy to Use Controls:

  • The Focus Bug puts the most commonly used options in a single, easy-to-use control. Simply click and drag to position the blur. Then use the Bug's legs to set the size and shape of the blur. Next, adjust the antennae to control the type and amount of blur and the hardness of the blur edge. Using the Focus Bug is a fluid, real-time experience, just like using a lens but inside Photoshop. You can even tilt Focus Bugs in 3D, creating swing and tilt movements just like a tilt-shift lens.

Highlight Bloom, Brightness and Contrast Controls:

  • Along with the existing film grain controls, FocalPoint 2 adds a new highlight bloom tool which controls how strong highlights are in the bokeh, or blurred area. There are also new brightness and contrast controls for the blurred area of the image, opening a whole new range of creative controls.

Fast Glass Presets & Lens Simulator:

  • The updated blur algorithm used in FocalPoint 2 closely matches actual lens blur to create an authentic out-of-focus look including aperture-shaped highlights. The new blur algorithm is so accurate that realistic depth-of-field changes can be created that look just like they were taken in the camera.
  • Users can now use the new lens presets that are built into FocalPoint 2. These presets simulate highly desired, expensive lenses that produce a bokeh, or out of focus region with a specific look.

Focus Brush:

  • The new Focus Brush lets you paint focus or blur right where you want. You can use it to touch-up the shape of a Focus Bug or you can manually paint anywhere you want. Now in FocalPoint 2 combining the Focus Brush, Focus Bugs and the ability to use selections from Photoshop it's easy to create realistic depth-of-field with even difficult foreground subjects.

Works as a Smart Filter:

  • FocalPoint 2 can now be used as a Smart Filter in Photoshop CS3 and CS4 allowing you to make non-destructive, re-editable blurs and vignettes on Smart Objects like Raw files.

Improved Presets:

  • Presets have been improved to include embedded previews. This makes it easier to select the correct preset, whether inside of FocalPoint 2 or from the integrated Lightroom and Aperture palettes. FocalPoint 2 now also automatically saves your last six used settings as recently used presets so you can easily reproduce settings.

Improved Vignette:

  • Adding a vignette is a time-tested way to reduce distractions and focus the viewer's eye. The vignette controls in FocalPoint 2 have been improved to allow for a more natural, edge-only vignette as well as the option to overlay the vignette to preserve detail.

Application Integration:

  • Photoshop CS4, CS5, CS6
  • Photoshop Elements 9 or 10
  • Photoshop Lightroom 2, 3, or 4
  • Apple Aperture 2.1 or 3 for Mac
ManufactureronOne Software, Inc
Product NameFocalPoint v.2.0
Package TypeRetail
Software NameFocalPoint v.2.0
Manufacturer Part NumberFPNT20201
Manufacturer Website Address
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Put the focus where you want

FocalPoint 2 is an amazing new application that allows you to simulate the blur and depth of field you would think could only be done in camera. But what if you can't shoot a f/1.2 or even f/2.8 and you want that soft, creamy background? That's where FocalPoint 2 comes in to save the day.

FocalPoint 2 lets you create realistic selective focus, depth-of-field and vignette effects that tell your viewers exactly where to look. The intuitive FocusBug controller is just like using a tilt-shift or selective focus lens right inside of Adobe Photoshop.