Anamor­phic Pro

Photo edit­ing with depth

Mac Format - - FRONT PAGE - Alex Cox

£28.99 FROM BrainFev­erMe­dia, brainfev­erme­dia.com NEEDS OS X 10.10 or later

Por­trait Mode in iOS takes ad­van­tage of the dual sen­sors of the lat­est iPhones to cap­ture depth data and im­age sub­ject. The fea­ture pulls out the sub­ject of a photo while giv­ing the back­ground a cin­e­matic out-of-fo­cus look.

Anamor­phic Pro takes the process one step fur­ther, al­low­ing you to ad­just the blur­ring ef­fect af­ter the fact, ap­ply Lookup Ta­ble (LUT) fil­ters for a classy look, or use the newly-added brush tool to cre­ate unique fo­cus maps and dis­card orig­i­nal depth info al­to­gether.

It works, at least to a cer­tain ex­tent; Anamor­phic Pro’s sim­plis­tic in­ter­face makes rea­son­ably im­pres­sive re­sults as easy as tweak­ing a few slid­ers, and bokeh con­trols of­fer a fairly good fac­sim­ile of the kind of char­ac­ter­is­tics you’d ex­pect from pro­fes­sional lenses. We’d have ap­pre­ci­ated a way to lock down a depth set­ting and then tweak the orig­i­nal map – the iPhone’s sen­sors don’t al­ways get it right – and, for the money, a lit­tle more con­trol over the (ad­mit­tedly very smart) se­lec­tion of fil­ters would be good. This feels al­most like a toy – the re­sults might be sharp, but the ex­e­cu­tion’s a lit­tle off.

Use the brush tool to ‘block out’ ar­eas you want to shift in fo­cus.

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