AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Refocus 3.5 for Mac and Windows systems. The software improves sharpness of out of focus images. Version 3.5 offers an advanced algorithm with the improved image processing speed for Tilt-Shift and Iris Blur modes.
AKVIS Refocus works in three modes. Refocus mode makes blurred photos sharper. You can re-focus the entire image or only selected parts.
Tilt-Shift mode allows leaving a sharp strip in the image, adding gradual blur at the edges, with smooth transitions between the regions and with bokeh effects. This mode gives the objects on the photo a “toy” look. It blurs the outer parts and makes the objects appear as if they are miniature models.
Iris Blur mode creates shallow depth-of-field effect, blurring the background while keeping the subject in focus. In contrast to the previous mode, this one lets you specify the shape of the sharp area (ellipse, rectangle). (This mode is only available under Home Deluxe and Business licenses.)
A demo of AKVIS Refocus is available for download. During the trial period you can try all features of the software free of charges. The software can be used as a standalone program and as a plug-in to image editors. The plugin edition is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, etc. AKVIS Refocus sells for US$39 and is available at www.akvis.com .