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FocalBlade enables the user to sharpen photos for screen display and print as well as produce great blur, soft focus, and glow effects. It is a Photoshop-compatible Plug-in which can be used in dozens of graphics applications including Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, PhotoImpact, Photo-Paint, Fireworks, and Photoshop Elements. It works with 8-bit and 16-bit RGB images.

FocalBlade features a range of automatic, semiautomatic, and manual tools for sharpening photos. It is very easy to use as it offers interactive explanations for each feature, incorporates modes for various tasks (including a Novice Mode), and provides detailed step-by-step instructions in the manual. FocalBlade works quickly and also batch processes images in cloak mode. Moreover, FocalBlade offers numerous options for creating blur, soft focus, and glow effects and for de-blurring photos that are highly blurred.

FocalBlade's sophisticated algorithms enables the user to sharpen images without ugly side effects and gives a lot of control over the sharpening process. FocalBlade sharpens edges and surfaces in an image independently keeping objects (e.g., sky, walls, skin, and other even surfaces) soft while the overall photo is still sharpened. Unlike other tools, FocalBlade doesn't produce halos at high radius settings and even provides sliders for suppressing the white and black part of halos independently. Additionally with FocalBlade the user can set the pixel size of details that are sharpened. Keep noise constant or even reduce it when sharpening a photo.

FocalBlade provides three automatic sharpening options for achieving perfect sharpening results with different classes of photos. With screen and print options, make FocalBlade automatically sharpen for screen display or for printing. There is also a semiautomatic sample-area feature, which lets the user focus on an important image area and thereby apply the optimal sharpness to this area. Additionally there are several split view modes to compare the original and sharpened version, or visually perform sharpening with the help of preview stripes that present variations of the current settings. The manual controls include independent sharpen and radius sliders, a soften slider, halo fix sliders, several masking options, and a glow feature. FocalBlade also offers five different sharpening methods. Opening and saving presets for reusing certain effects is also possible.

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System and Demo Options
System RequirementsPowerPC or greaterPentium or greater
OS RequirementsOS X 10.2 or later95, 98, Me, NT, XP
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Product Options
ProductPack QtyPlatformVersionPriceBuy
FocalBlade [ESD]
Photoshop 7.X
Photoshop 8.X/CS
Photoshop 9.X/CS2
Photoshop Elements 2.X
Photoshop Elements 3.X
001 MAC 1.0 US $49.95
FocalBlade [ESD]
Photoshop 4.X
Photoshop 5.5
Photoshop 6.X
Photoshop 7.X
Photoshop 8.X/CS
Photoshop 9.X/CS2
Photoshop Elements 2.X
Photoshop Elements 3.X
001 WIN 1.0.4 US $49.95

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