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Modifying focus with onOne Focal Point

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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.

Modifying focus with onOne Focal Point

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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Photoshop CS5: Creative Effects

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  1. 1m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 25m 0s
    1. Removing an object from its background
      2m 56s
    2. Creating and modifying a shadow
      3m 13s
    3. Modifying a directional shadow
      5m 30s
    4. Removing a model from a white background
      2m 46s
    5. Building a false context
      2m 7s
    6. Adding and modifying shadows
      8m 28s
  3. 22m 42s
    1. Adding illumination to create a glow from within
      4m 10s
    2. Adding light with curves and masking
      3m 43s
    3. Adding light for emphasis
      3m 42s
    4. Improving black-and-white images with curves and masking
      3m 26s
    5. Using Shadow/Highlights to improve exposure
      3m 42s
    6. Correcting an overly backlit photograph
      3m 59s
  4. 28m 12s
    1. Improving sunset colors with color balance
      3m 20s
    2. Using color balance and masking to enhance color
      2m 36s
    3. Creating new and vivid colors
      2m 15s
    4. Using curves, color balance, and blending for best results
      3m 21s
    5. Enhancing colors
      3m 32s
    6. Saturating and desaturating colors for emphasis
      1m 56s
    7. Adding color without increasing contrast
      3m 0s
    8. Improving the impact of color with curves and color balance
      8m 12s
  5. 38m 41s
    1. Creating stunning color with Hue/Saturation and color balance
      6m 16s
    2. Creating an edgy muted and contrast look
      3m 40s
    3. Reducing color for impact
      5m 41s
    4. Enhancing color and creating color variations
      7m 29s
    5. Using Apply Image to create interesting results
      3m 29s
    6. Combining HDR toning with color effects
      5m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with Selective Color
      6m 14s
  6. 34m 23s
    1. Introducing the HDR Toning feature
      4m 44s
    2. Using layer masks and blending with HDR toning
      6m 3s
    3. HDR toning creative effect
      7m 14s
    4. Enhancing a photograph with HDR for black-and-white conversion
      6m 16s
    5. Creating a high key color effect
      5m 52s
    6. Getting an HDR-like effect with the High Pass filter
      4m 14s
  7. 26m 33s
    1. Basic infrared conversion
      5m 50s
    2. Working with infrared presets
      5m 30s
    3. Combining infrared and HDR toning
      7m 41s
    4. Creating infrared with contrast and sharpness
      7m 32s
  8. 16m 17s
    1. Using adjustment layers to create solarization
      2m 56s
    2. Adding creative color and a blur effect
      5m 20s
    3. Experimenting with gradient color and solarization
      2m 44s
    4. Creating a golden solarized effect
      5m 17s
  9. 18m 41s
    1. Creating soft focus with filters and blending
      2m 20s
    2. Using Smart Filters to create soft focus
      2m 15s
    3. Using soft focus without sacrificing color and contrast
      3m 58s
    4. Applying soft focus to skin
      5m 42s
    5. Creating a desaturated soft focus effect
      4m 26s
  10. 17m 52s
    1. Adding grain with Adobe Camera Raw
      6m 24s
    2. Adding grain with the Noise filter
      5m 24s
    3. Adding grain with the Film Grain filter
      6m 4s
  11. 37m 24s
    1. Modifying tone and converting to black and white
      4m 38s
    2. Adding texture with a grocery bag
      9m 38s
    3. Making an image sepia toned
      3m 13s
    4. Adding texture in three different ways
      5m 48s
    5. Adding a subtle vintage color effect
      4m 10s
    6. Creating a vintage color effect
      4m 43s
    7. Creative texture blending
      5m 14s
  12. 23m 37s
    1. Deconstructing the lens blur effect
      6m 23s
    2. The lens blur effect in action
      4m 13s
    3. Applying lens blur with a mask
      4m 49s
    4. Using lens blur in portraits
      3m 25s
    5. Desert fashion project
      4m 47s
  13. 23m 0s
    1. Applying motion blur
      4m 39s
    2. Creating radial zoom blur
      4m 27s
    3. Working with motion blur and masking
      6m 14s
    4. Getting creative with the Radial, Motion, and Lens Flare filters
      3m 21s
    5. Adding color and emphasis
      4m 19s
  14. 18m 15s
    1. Adding graffiti on a single plane
      4m 17s
    2. Adding reflections on multiple planes
      3m 0s
    3. Using Free Transform to create a vanishing point perspective, pt. 1
      4m 46s
    4. Using Free Transform to create a vanishing point perspective, pt. 2
      6m 12s
  15. 17m 40s
    1. Cropping with Abode Camera Raw
      4m 32s
    2. Enhancing the sunrise colors
      5m 18s
    3. Modifying the color and tone of the mountains
      7m 50s
  16. 33m 18s
    1. Hand-painting a border or an edge
      5m 39s
    2. Adding a prebuilt edge
      4m 28s
    3. Working with a real film edge
      7m 57s
    4. Introducing the PhotoFrame plug-in
      5m 21s
    5. Using the PhotoFrame plug-in, pt. 1
      4m 11s
    6. Using the PhotoFrame plug-in, pt. 2
      5m 42s
  17. 41m 48s
    1. Changing color with onOne PhotoTools
      5m 43s
    2. Modifying focus with onOne Focal Point
      3m 56s
    3. Hand painting focus with onOne FocalPoint
      3m 9s
    4. Enhancing color with Nik Color Efex Pro
      9m 27s
    5. Actualizing your vision with Nik Color Efex Pro
      8m 39s
    6. Converting to black and white with Nik Silver Efex Pro
      5m 33s
    7. More black and white options with Nik Silver Efex Pro
      5m 21s
  18. 12m 39s
    1. Finding and installing custom brushes
      4m 33s
    2. Custom brush creativity
      8m 6s
  19. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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