AKVIS Refocus v.1.0 Improves Sharpness of Out of Focus Images

December 17, 2010 – AKVIS announces the release of AKVIS Refocus v.1.0 for Windows and Macintosh. AKVIS Refocus improves sharpness of out of focus images. The program can process the entire photo or bring into focus only the selected part to make the subject stand out against the background. To achieve a more realistic selective focus effect, you can sharp one part of the photo and blur the rest. Registered users of AKVIS Enhancer can get this program for free. Other users can benefit from the Christmas offer (- 30% on all programs, coupon code “XMAS2010″).

Digital cameras are a good companion for capturing everyday moments – they are handy and offer automatic settings that save you time. However, sometimes the camera fails to focus on the subject automatically and it comes out unsharp. AKVIS Refocus will take care of such images.

AKVIS Refocus improves sharpness of out of focus images. The program can process the entire photo or bring into focus only the selected part to make the subject stand out against the background.

Even if a photo looks sharp enough, there is always room for improvement. To create a special effect and draw attention to certain details, you can use selective focus.

In digital photography the selective focus technique is used to shoot portraits, macro and close-up photographs. For this purpose, one switches to aperture mode and adjusts the settings till the subject is in focus.

In AKVIS Refocus you can use two pencils to separate the subject from the background and adjust the settings to get the selective focus effect. There are also AKVIS presets which provide different degrees of sharpness.

To achieve a more realistic selective focus effect, you can sharp one part of the photo and blur the rest. The Defocus feature that allows blurring the background is available only for Home Deluxe and Business licenses.

AKVIS Refocus is also helpful with landscape photos. When shooting an object or a landscape at a distance, you may notice that the picture looks hazy. AKVIS Refocus will make the photo more distinct and thus more impressive.

Special Offer: All registered users of AKVIS Enhancer (v.1.0-11.5) can get the new program AKVIS Refocus for free!

Other users can benefit from the Christmas offer (-30% on all programs, coupon code “XMAS2010″ when ordering the program).

The program is available in plugin and standalone versions. The plugin version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5 64 bit. Read more about compatibility here: http://akvis.com/en/compatibility-software.php

The software runs on Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Win7 and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4-10.6.

A fully featured free evaluation download of AKVIS Refocus is available at http://akvis.com/en/refocus/index.php

AKVIS Refocus sells for $ 39 USD at akvis.com. Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS programs in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle with a great discount. For business licenses consult the official web-site. One license key allows activating the software on two computers, for example, on a desktop and a laptop.

About Company:

Founded in 2004, AKVIS specializes in development of image processing software and Photoshop plug-ins. The company has released a number of successful products. The AKVIS team is enthusiastic about graphics and image processing issues. The company sponsors web-design and digital photography contests. The company offers free licenses to non-profit organizations (heritage foundations and historical societies) involved in conservation and restoration of photographic archives having cultural value.

For Christmas offer (- 30% on all programs) please use the coupon code “XMAS2010″ when ordering the programs at akvis.com.

  2 comments for “AKVIS Refocus v.1.0 Improves Sharpness of Out of Focus Images

  1. December 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I would love to see a review of this product. Sounds almost to good to be true!

  2. December 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I was always skeptical of the images enhancements of poor images that are performed by the genius forensic computer geeks on the TV shows like CSI. I laughed out loud and proclaimed “that can’t be done, it just isn’t possible.”

    Now I’m eatting my words.

    I haven’t tried the Akvis program but I have tried the Topaz product and am amazed at the results.

    The Akvis product is less expensive for the basic home edition, but….. they have seperate licensing pricing personal and business use. Topaz doesn’t have a seperate licensing requirement for business purposes that I know of.

    The basic Akvis product does not include the select and blurring feature. That is only available on the Home Deluxe and business versions.

    The question I have is this: is the bluring feature a true bokeh effect or is it simply a gaussian blur effect? If it is a true Bokeh effect than it might be worth the extra cost, but if it is only the typical gaussian blur effect than it’s not doing something that can’t already be done with Photoshop.

    I’ll give the Akvis product a try and compare it to the Topaz product. If all is equal the business license requirment will be the deal breaker, even though price is a few dollars less than the Topaz product.It’s a matter of principle. Imagine if Canon, Nikon, Epsom and all the other companies that provide photographic tools, charged professionals additional fees for the right to use their product for commercial purposes.

    I highly recommend the Topaz bundle which includes the TopazInFocus, DeNoise, Detail, ReMask and more. With this package and Genuine Fractals I’ve been able make some incredible enhancements on par with the fictional cop shows.(you still can’t sqeeze a license plate number from a low mPix security camera two blocks away…sorry)

    Marvin, it may sound too good to be true, but Topaz has already proven it is possible. I’ll do side by side comparison see if the Akvis product measures up. But I can’t get past the business licensing fee…that’s unjustified for a product like this.

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