Topaz Lens Ef­fects

NPhoto - - Test Team -

£48, $80

www.topa­zlabs.com/lensef­fects

Shal­low depth of field ef­fects are tough to im­i­tate with soft­ware, but Lens Ef­fects lets you do just that. You need to cre­ate a depth of field mask tai­lored to your com­po­si­tion in or­der to ac­cu­rately ap­ply a sim­u­lated bokeh blur, but it’s a tricky process to master and the dated in­ter­face doesn’t help.

Lens Ef­fects re­pro­duces other op­ti­cal ef­fects too, such as tilt-shift lens blurs, fish­eye dis­tor­tions and toy cam­era styles. How­ever, you’ll find more com­pre­hen­sive ver­sions of th­ese in other plug-ins, and while Lens Ef­fects has a few unique fea­tures, they aren’t enough to make it an es­sen­tial app.

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