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In the previous movie, I introduced you to how we can we can work with this plug-in which is called FocalPoint. Now because this plug-in is so powerful and so interesting, I thought it would be worthwhile to take just a couple of minutes to explore how we can work with this plug-in and how we can paint this effect out of particular areas of our photograph. Well, I really like the shallow depth of field on this image, yet I want it even more shallow. So in order to do that, I will click on this icon here to open up my onOne panel and I can do this, because I have already installed this plug-in or these set of plug-ins, rather.
Next, we are going to go to FocalPoint and then we will double-click Open FocalPoint 2. This will then open the FocalPoint dialog. Now here I have my little bug and I will go ahead and position this over at the face. What I am going to do is just make this really nice and narrow and small so that I have all of this focused in on the eyes. Next, I can control my overall Vignette and here I am just going to try to brighten that up a bit and I can control the Blur amount as well, adding a lot of blur to the background areas. Well, at this juncture, I have this nice sharpness on the eyes, but I'm not necessarily really liking what's happening to the rest of the image.
Well, let's scroll down a bit, we have some options. Here we can dial in Contrast, you can see we either have less or more, we can modify the Brightness, also the Highlight Bloom, getting a little more highlight in there. I can get this exactly where I want it in regards to Contrast, Color Saturation. Also, if we want to add Film Grain, we can do that, in this case, we don't need it, so I will turn off that option. Well, next, you notice, there is a FocusBrush. Well, if you click on the brush itself, you can then access this, the Size, the Feather and Opacity.
Now what we can do here is we can simply paint across areas of our image. So as I am painting across these areas at this low opacity, I am starting to bring in more focus into this area. Let's increase the Opacity, bring it up to about 50 there. You can see now as I paint over these areas, again, I am just bringing this in. So why point this out. Well, there are times when the shape that you create with the bug just won't work, or there may be other times, just for creative effect, where you wan to bring in focus in the different areas of the image. Now, sometimes it's even fun to have a real low Opacity, big Brush Size, lots of Feather.
Just to paint it over those transitional edges, so that the focus kind of tapers off in a little bit more of a realistic way and here again, just bringing that around the edges there kind of adds that nice kind of soft effect. Now, to look at the before and after, simply click on the Preview icon. Here it is before and then after. Go ahead and paint a little bit more here, press the Left Bracket key to make my brush smaller, just like in Photoshop, same shortcut there. Bring in a little bit more of this area of the face and also over here.
Now, I am ready to apply this, simply click on Apply. It will then apply this effect on a new layer, and the great thing about this is that we have this flexibility of having this layer. Here it is, our before and then our after. Let's zoom in a little bit more closely here so you can see it; once again before and after.
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