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Akvis has released version 3.5 of Refocus, a program for improving the sharpness of out of focus images and adding lens blur effects to your photos. Version 3.5 offers an advanced algorithm with improved image processing speed for the program's "Tilt-Shift" (miniature) and Iris Blur modes. The improvement is especially noticeable when using the larger values of the Blur parameter, the company says. Registered users of Refocus can upgrade to version 3.5 for free by downloading and installing the new version.
Akvis Press Release
AKVIS Refocus 3.5 Becomes Faster! Improved Image Processing Speed for Blur Effects
May 8, 2013 -- AKVIS announces the release of AKVIS Refocus v.3.5 for Windows and Mac OS X. The software improves sharpness of out of focus images and adds lens blur effects to your photos. In version 3.5 image processing speed has been increased.
AKVIS Refocus works in three modes: Refocus, Tilt-Shift, and Iris Blur. In first mode, the program improves sharpness of out of focus images. The software can process the entire photo or bring into focus only the selected part to make the subject stand out against the background. Two other modes let you add bokeh and lens blur effects to your photos.
Refocus mode makes blurred photos sharp and clear. You can re-focus the entire image or only selected parts. To draw attention to certain details, it's possible to use selective focus. Using special tools you can separate the subject from the background; to achieve a more realistic selective focus effect you can sharpen one part of the photo and blur the rest.
Tilt-Shift mode allows leaving a sharp strip in the image, adding gradual blur at the edges, with smooth transitions between the regions and with bokeh effects. This mode gives the objects on the photo a "toy" look. It blurs the outer parts and makes the objects appear as if they are miniature models. In real photography, you can achieve this effect with special tilt-shift camera lenses. Using AKVIS Refocus you can bring any photo into a world of miniatures!
Iris Blur mode creates shallow depth-of-field effect, blurring the background while keeping the subject in focus. In contrast to the previous mode, this one lets you specify the shape of the sharp area (ellipse, rectangle). Real photographers can achieve this effect by opening aperture and using different lenses.
With this program you can create a blur background in a click!
The software is easy-to-use, even for novices. To get started quickly, the program offers a large number of presets. You can observe the result in real time and compare before and after states.
Version 3.5 offers an advanced algorithm with the improved image processing speed for Tilt-Shift and Iris Blur modes. The improvement is especially noticeable when using the larger values of the Blur parameter.
Minor bugs have been fixed.
Registered users of Refocus can upgrade to version 3.5 for free by downloading and installing the new version.
Download AKVIS Refocus v.3.5. For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use.
The software can be used as a standalone program and as a plugin to image editors. It runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.8, both 32 and 64 bit.
The product sells for $39.00, downloadable from http://akvis.com. The functionality of the program depends on the license type. During the trial period you can try all options and choose the license you like. Consult the comparison table for more details about license types and versions of Refocus.