And the winner of the OnOne Software Comment-a-thon is…

And the winner of the OnOne Software Comment-a-thon is…

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A big thank you to everyone who participated in the MCP Comment-a-thon Contest.  I have loved all of the activity and truly hope you will keep it up even though this contest has come to an end.  In fact I have a new idea that I will be announcing soon to really get things more active.

*** The winner is: MISSY ***

She has won Genuine Fractals from OnOne software.

If you are not the winner, remember you still get 10% off any of their products. Just enter “MCPACTN” at checkout for the discount.

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OnOne launched a new product yesterday called Focal Point.  I downloaded the demo and it really looks fun!  Here are the details:

FocalPoint provides photographers with a way to create realistic depth of field control, plane of focus control and selective focus to any image after it is photographed allowing for more control and precision. The plug-in’s unique FocusBug control has a tangible, hardware feel much like adjusting a lens. This special on-screen control makes it fast for a photographer to choose the “sweet spot” of focus either in a round aperture shape or a planar aperture shape and then control how much and what kind of blur they would like to add. Blur choices include a standard defocused look as well as a blur that simulates motion. This has a huge benefit over hardware tools like auxiliary lenses and filters because it allows the photographer to control the focus and blur after the image is taken, giving them more control and requiring fewer shots in camera.

FocalPoint uses the same FocusBug controls to allow the photographer to simultaneously selectively blur as well as lighten or darken the areas outside of the “sweet spot” of focus. FocalPoint can also be used just for vignetting without blurring the image at all. In addition, the FocusBug allows users to tilt the chosen “sweet spot” aperture in 3D, simulating the tilt effect of a view camera or tilt-shift lens. This allows users to increase or decrease the amount of feathering or blur across a plane.

And once a photographer has created an effect they like, they can save it as a preset so they can easily recall it. FocalPoint remembers all of the settings applied including the relative size and position of the FocusBug so users can apply it to similar images without having to make any additional adjustments. By using Photoshop actions to access a FocalPoint preset photographers can even batch process an entire folder of images.

FocalPoint is designed for use with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements and supports Adobe Photoshop CS2 and CS3 and Elements versions 4.0.1, 5, 6 and higher. It is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and Vista and Mac OS X 10.4.10 and 10.5 and higher. onOne Software’s FocalPoint plug-in is available now for $159.95 from onOne Software authorized distributors and resellers, or direct from onOne Software at www.onOnesoftware.com

FocalPoint plugin for Photoshop

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3 Comments

  1. May 10, 2008 at 1:47 pm — Reply

    Congratulations Missy! I hope you enjoy!

  2. Missy
    May 10, 2008 at 11:48 pm — Reply

    I’ve been out-of-town in nowhere land and just got back and checked your blog! I can’t believe I won! I NEVER win anything! Thanks so much! I’m SO excited to play with it!!
    How do I claim my prize??

  3. May 11, 2008 at 9:24 pm — Reply

    I sent your email address to OnOne. Let me know if they contact you with the number to register it. I believe you will download it from the site. And the registration number will get you licensed. Email me direct and I can get you the info.

    And congrats!!!

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