Maybe it is all about the hokey bokeh

Gadgetwise is usually sooooo spot on….but I think they missed it with this recommendation of Alien Skin’s PhotoShop plug-in to create effortless bokeh The piece is directed at point and shooters who don’t have the option of controlling depth of field at capture. Enter the Alien Skin plug-in that allows you to create out-of-focus areas in  the image. I don’t have a problem with focus control after the fact but am I’m I missing something….isn’t it pretty easy to do this in layers with a little PS gaussian blur? It’s 199 smackers US for the plug-in which seems like a lot for a small amount of convenience. But bokey seems to be in short supply this days.


~ by keithphilpott on March 30, 2009.

3 Responses to “Maybe it is all about the hokey bokeh”

  1. Hi Keith,

    Gaussian Blur creates a type of blur that is quite different from what a camera lens produces. At Alien Skin’s webpage, we compared Bokeh’s lens simulation results with those of Photoshop’s filters, including the Gaussian Blur filter.

    This webpage also shows that Bokeh accurately reproduces the blur characteristics of a real Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II lens. None of Photoshop’s filters can do this.

    But don’t take my word for it. Feel free to try it out for yourself.


  2. Terence-
    You are correct. After visiting your site I can definitely see the difference between lens bokeh and gaussian blur. It’s a subtle but distinct difference. Most of the subjects I shoot need to be sharp everywhere in the frame so I’m by no means an expert on bokeh.
    I’ve tried Blow Up2 so I know you guys make good stuff.

    Thanks for the correction.


  3. Hi Keith,

    Thanks. We try our best. 🙂


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