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In Photoshop CS5: Creative Effects, Chris Orwig flexes the muscles of this powerful program to create unique and eye-catching photographic effects. This course demonstrates how to enhance images by adding light for emphasis, adding drop and directional shadows, and using the HDR toning controls, motion blur, and film grain creatively. In addition, learn how to create a vintage-style photograph or a panorama, use infrared and solarization, apply creative layer blending, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
With this photograph, I want to showcase and highlight a really fascinating plug-in which is called FocalPoint. This particular plug-in was created by the folks at onOne Software and it allows us to dial in focus and blur in a really interesting and intriguing way. Now, I have a few colleagues who say, this is their literally all-time favorite Photoshop plug-in and indeed, it is a really strong plug-in. In order to use it, you have to visit this site, ononesoftware.com. You have to then either purchase or download a free trial of the plug-in.
Well, I have already downloaded the plug-in, installed it in Photoshop, I am ready to apply it to this image. Well, you will notice that this image has two layers. The Background is the original photograph as captured and then here, we have the retouched version of the image. Again, the retouching and the creative processing, I showcased in one of my other movies, the image is done sort of speak. What I want to do now is I want to push this even further. I really want to draw attention to this area of the image. Well, to do that, we are going to use FocalPoint.
Let's click in the topmost layer, then we will go to Window>Extensions, and then onOne. This will open up our onOne panel. Next, I am going to click on FocalPoint and then I will double-click Open FocalPoint 2. This will then open up the FocalPoint dialog. Now what's interesting about this is that we can use this little bug. Now, there are other plug-ins that have this as well and they are quite fascinating. They allow us to control a particular plug-in effect in a really distinct way. For example, here I can click and drag this in order to reposition this effect.
You can see that as I do that, I am controlling what's in focus. I can also drag these points in order to change the overall vignetting, darkening it or I can brighten it up. Here I can control the Blur amount. You will notice that as I make that adjustment, it's also modifying this slider here so I can make the adjustments with the sliders as well. Yet sometimes, it's easier to use these little bugs. We can control the reach of this, the width or the height simply by dragging all of these and of course, we can also rotate this around.
Well, what do I want to do with this particular effect? Well, here I am going to bring it in over the face, next I will extend this out a little bit and I just want to bring in a nice amount of focus into this area, so that the blur is really starting after this and I want it to be a little bit more subtle. I don't want to have too strong of a defining line there, but I want it to kind of taper off and then become stronger and stronger. What about that vignette? Well, perhaps I'll leave that nice and bright. And right there without a lot of effort, you have this fascinating focus effect.
Now, if ever you want to dig deeper into this plug in, you of course can scroll down. Here you will find a number of different options for painting in the adjustments, changing the Contrast, the Brightness, adding some Film Grain, Vignetting, etcetera, etcetera. So you do have these controls and more. Yet for a point of highlighting this plug-in, I think we are at a good spot. Let's go ahead and click Apply in order to apply this particular effect to our photograph. This will bring us back to Photoshop. Now here in Photoshop, what we can see is our before and after. Here is before and then here is after.
If I zoom in a bit more, you can see this even more strongly. Again here is that before and after, really dialing in the focus into this particular area. And the great thing about this plug- in is it's nondestructive, of course. It's doing this on a separate layer and it's really, really easy. In addition, what you can do is set different focal points. You can have multiple areas that you're controlling on your image, in order to dial in the effects so that it works best. Well, with this particular image though, I think one works really well.
It draws our attention to the center of the frame and here we have it, that overall before and after with that effect, and then also just for the sake of curiosity, here is our overall before and then after.
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