Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Get InFocus with #Topaz Labs...

This photo was taken in low light conditions with a compact camera that records in jpeg format. Sometimes an image is well focused, however a little extra sharpness and clarity goes a long way. Mouse over the image to see the original photo and the results of using the brand new In Focus plug-in from Topaz Labs. This software has a blur estimation feature that is designed to detect and solve complex blur types. You can attain clarity, detail and crispness not visible in the original image. Tip - For the best results, always start with noise reduction software (I do this regularly in my workflow). Topaz Labs DeNoise 5 is an excellent noise reduction plug-in, retaining fine features like stars while eliminating noise within an image. Topaz Labs usually knocks the ball out of the park with new software and plugins, this is another great example.

Want to know more? Listen to what Dr. Yang, developer of Topaz Labs has to say...
Video One, and Video Two.. More about the software in a press release...

"Topaz Labs announces the release of Topaz InFocus a Photoshop plug-in used for image sharpening and blur reduction. It is the first commercial software that offers auto-blur estimation and uses advanced deconvolution technology to help reverse the effects of image blur. This new sharpening approach completely changes the way detail refinement is done, by recovering true details, restoring image clarity and offering natural sharp-looking enhancements. The range of achievable sharpening possibilities have been dramatically improved and simplified with this new tool, allowing users to easily go beyond the lens to increase the sharpness and definition of any image. 
Recovering clear and sharp details from a blurry image is a very challenging problem that has been under intense research; and only in the last couple of years have there been some impressive breakthroughs in this area,  said Dr. Feng (Albert) Yang, developer and president of Topaz Labs.  We are pleased to have achieved the necessary technology required to provide a practical and useful tool to the hands of photographers everywhere.  
Topaz InFocus actually recovers blurred detail and finds edges, as opposed to other common sharpening methods which simply boost edge contrast to create a perceived sharpness,  said Ashley Robinson, product manager of Topaz Labs.  By mathematically reversing image blur caused by lens imperfections, atmospheric haze, camera sensor abilities, focus issues and camera shake, we are able to help photographers achieve detailed and naturally sharp images. 
Topaz InFocus can be used prior to image enhancements to help reverse the effects of blurry and out-of-focus images or as a post-enhancement solution that can help refine image clarity and vividness making it a versatile sharpening solution designed for professionals and photo enthusiasts. The program also includes a micro-contrast tool for adding additional finesse to image detail and structure. 
InFocus is a plug-in that works with a variety of host programs including Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Aperture, iPhoto and Lightroom. It is compatible with Windows and Intel-based Macs. Topaz InFocus retails for $69.99, but is being offered at a one-time introductory price of $29.99 until December 3, 2010. InFocus is also joining Topaz Photoshop Bundle, which offers photographers a complete image enhancement toolbox for all of their post processing needs. The bundle, including InFocus, retails at $199.99. For more information about Topaz InFocus, click here to visit the homepage."

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~ Deb