Alien Skin Releases Bokeh 2 Plug-In

Alien Skin has announced the immediate release of Bokeh 2, the latest version of its lens simulation plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Bokeh lets photographers hone in on their subjects by manipulating focus, vignette, and depth of field in post production.

Bokeh 2 accurately simulates the distinctive blurring and creamy highlights of real lenses. The company achieved this by working with lenses famous for their bokeh—including the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 and Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro.

New Features

This new version of the software also lets you render film grain to match the original photo, making the image look more natural. The plug-in also has been enhanced so you can see real-time changes to your image while working on it. Other new features include the ability to simulate the effects of tilt-shift lenses and add creative shapes to the highlights in your image. And the addition of factory presets means that new users can begin experimenting right out-of-the-gate.

The Bokeh 2 plug-in is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS3 or later; Lightroom 2 or later; Photoshop Elements 7 or later; and Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X3. For photographers using Windows-based PCs, you must have at least a Pentium 4 processor and Windows XP SP3 or later. For Mac users, an Intel processor and Mac OS X 10.5 or later is required. The plug-in works with the 64-bit version of Photoshop CS5 on both the Mac and PC. The company suggests a monitor with the resolution of 1024×768 be used.

Bokeh 2 retails at $199. Upgrades from Bokeh 1 will cost $99. For photographers who purchased Bokeh 1 in April 2010 or later, the upgrade will be free.

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Look for our review of Bokeh 2 in the near future!

— Diane Berkenfeld


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