effectively sharpens photos for display and print, reduces noise
and produces great looking blur, soft focus and special effects.
FocalBlade is ideal for sharpening and enhancing all kinds of
photo, e.g. snapshots, landscapes photos, portraits as well
as high-ISO shots, because it effectively sharpens and reduces
noise at the same time.
is available as a Photoshop-compatible plugin for Windows
and MacOS X as well as a standalone application
and Lightroom external editor for Windows. The plugin works
in dozens of graphics applications, including Photoshop, Photoshop
Elements, Paint Shop Pro, Photo-Paint, PhotoImpact and IrfanView.
All versions support batch processing and process RGB images
with 8-bit and 16-bit/channel. The FocalBlade standalone application
supports JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PSD, Camera Raw and DNG image formats
The Magic of FocalBlade
transforms the most lifeless image into something unbelievably
sharp and artifact-free so quickly and with so little effort,
that the whole process can seem like
magic. In fact the secret lies in its sophisticated and painstakingly
fine-tuned algorithms. These enhance and uncover the smallest
details with radius values smaller than 0.1 pixel and sharpening
up to 2000% without damaging the image.
and surfaces are sharpened independently, which means a photo
can be sharpened overall without destroying the softness of
areas such as sky, walls, skin and other even surfaces. The
Adaptive Radius method even sharpens each image pixel with a
different radius depending on its details level. FocalBlade
avoids halos at high radius settings and even provides sliders
for suppressing white and black halos independently. Furthermore,
it allows the user to protect shadows, highlights and certain
produces unmatched sharpening results and offers a tremendous
amount of control of the sharpening process. Unlike other tools
it features automatic sharpening, does not add visible halos,
does not increase noise, retains a photographic look, respects
edges, allows precise adjustments and instantly achieves a great
result. FocalBlade is flexible as well as very easy to use.
Best of all, FocalBlade saves precious time and is available
at an affordable price.
supports one, two and three pass sharpening workflows, incorporates
modes for various tasks and experience levels and offers interactive
explanations for each feature. FocalBlade even batch process
images with the help of actions or scripts.
The Split View and Preview tab
sheet features are great for comparing the original and sharpened
versions as well as visually choosing the sharpening strength.
Displaying the edge mask and sharpening halos in FocalBlade
is a big help for manually fine-tuning the effect. Additionally
you can apply grain to increase the impression of sharpness
in low-quality images. More than 80 presets are delivered with
FocalBlade and saving your own preset files is also possible.
the seven years of its existence FocalBlade has gained an entourage
of thousands of photographers worldwide and established itself
as probably the most popular sharpening plugin for Photoshop
and other compatible applications.
New in Version 2
2 incorporates dozens of new features and improvements. Based
on the results of an extensive survey with over 1000 users,
FocalBlade 2 received an innovative overhaul and dozens of elaborate
It renders 10 to 120 times faster
than Version 1 (depending on the used settings and CPU). It
supports multiple sharpening workflows and various output devices.
FocalBlade 2 is now fully scripting aware and supports smart
filtering in Photoshop CS4 and CS5.
2 achieves better sharpening effects with less artifacts through
improved edge masking and halo reduction. It now allows sharpening
radiuses of up to 32 pixels. To further reduce sharpening problems
three colors can be chosen to be protected from the sharpening
effect. The new Softproof feature, which simulates the sharpness
of prints on screen, helps users achieve satisfying sharpening
results without test prints.
Lab and CMYK images are processed by FocalBlade
2 without having to switch to RGB mode and back. FocalBlade
also reduces color noise, adds grain, zooms the preview up to
3200%, benefits from several UI enhancements, including a Navigator
tool for quickly displaying an image area, and contains many
other new features.
2 Upgrade: Registered users
of Version 1, who bought it in November 2009 or later or purchased
the 64-bit upgrade of Version 1, are allowed upgrade to Version
2 for Windows for $19.95. Others can upgrade for $29.95. The
upgrade also includes the 64-bit plugin. Please contact
us with your order details.
Mac Version 2 Upgrade:
Registered users of Version 1, who
bought it April 19, 2010 or later, are allowed upgrade to Version
2 for MacOS X for $19.95. Others can upgrade for $29.95. Please
contact us with your order
you are a registered user of Windows plugin, you can buy the
Standalone/Lightroom version for $19.95. Please contact
us with your order details.