I was wondering if anyone has had experience with using the Alien Skin Bokeh application. Is it worthwhile, or it gimmicky? Thanks!


I've played around with it, but elected not to buy it. I was fairly impressed with the results, when it worked, but found it only worked in a tiny subset of cases.

here is pretty much a best case example:

Bokeh Comparison

the subject is pretty clearly defined from the background (decent shallow depth of field to begin with) and doesn't have long hair.

I could not create a single example that I'd consider worth posting for any person with long hair, which was dissappointing. If you're willing to spend a great amount of time in photoshop tweaking the selection, perhaps you may do better.

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  • how is this different from selecting the background with lasso/magnetic lasso and Gaussian Blurring it? (just curious) – JoséNunoFerreira Feb 2 '11 at 23:19
  • it does a better job of aping the look of a real lens. The tool actually has a number of presets for specific lenses (known for their good bokeh), and then lets you tweak. You can simulare a variety of effects like number of aperture blades, etc. as well. – Jon.Griffen Feb 2 '11 at 23:45
  • @JoséNunoFerreira Don't ever use Gaussian Blur to replicate a lens blur. Photoshop has a Lens Blur filter that's much more suited. – Kenneth Ballenegger Feb 3 '11 at 0:40

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