Alien Skin News

Bokeh 2 Around the Corner

I hope you've caught your breath from the excitement of Exposure 3, because Bokeh 2 will ship on August 24th! Every part of Bokeh 2 has improvements, from the user interface to performance and new effects. You can see a few examples below and at the top of the newsletter.

Bokeh 2 Motion
New motion blur!

Bokeh continues to accurately simulate shallow depth-of-field and tilt-shift lenses. Here are some highlights of the new improvements.

  Now Bokeh handles specialized lens optics with motion blur or even a spiral blur that no real lens can create.
  You can combine multiple focus regions to handle complex situations.
  The vignette is even more flexible with the ability to cover an area independent of the blur region.
  Film grain can be simulated in the blurred region to match the grain of the original photo, making the result look natural.
  Speed!

Bokeh 2 Vignette
More flexible vignette!

Bokeh 2 includes much requested Lightroom and 64-bit Photoshop CS5 support. The user interface has been completely rewritten for a more interactive preview and slick controls for combining multiple focus regions.

The upgrade will be $99 for owners of Bokeh 1. Free upgrades will automatically be sent to owners of Bokeh 1 who purchased in April 2010 or later.

Exposure 3 Reviews

Bokeh 2 Motion

Tyson Robichaud wrote a very thorough review of Exposure 3 that includes lots of his own photos. I highly recommend reading it if you haven't tried Exposure 3 yet. You can see more recent Exposure reviews at our site here, watch videos, see examples, or try it free!

Illustration Look with Snap Art

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© 2010 Valdo Peixoto

Valdo Peixoto has developed a gritty comic book look using Snap Art. Snap Art has a Comics filter, but this is a process quite different that uses the Oil Paint filter as one step in the process. Take a look at some examples of his work on Flickr here. Very cool stuff! Valdo's professional photography is unrelated to this "illustration" project, but it is great too and definitely worth a look.

Exposure 3 Bug Fix

We recently updated Exposure 3 to fix a few bugs. One bug prevented saturation from being boosted. Another caused a compatibility conflict with other commercial plug-ins. We recommend that everyone install the update. You can download them here:

Mac OS X: http://www.alienskin.com/d/exposure-3.0.0.1049.dmg Windows: http://www.alienskin.com/d/exposure-3.0.0.1049.exe


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Exposure 3 Reviews
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Illustration Look with Snap Art
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Exposure 3 Bug Fix


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