Very good results already in the simple
auto-mode combined with a huge amount of features for
special cases make FocalBlade the sharpener of choice.
... FocalBlade from The Plugin Site reaped the deserved
victory in this comparison. The combination of very high
image quality, good usability and large amount of features
plus fastest rendering leaves no open desires. Rating:
87 of 100 points.
Magazin July 2012
Razorblade-sharpen your Photographs
with FocalBlade ... its way better than everything
else Ive reviewed. In case youre wondering:
it does a lot better than Adobes built-in filters
do. ... FocalBlade is not just another Unsharp Masking
thing. It doesnt even come close to Photoshops
Smart Sharpen. In fact, its way smarter than that.
... FocalBlade should be in every serious photographers
tool chest. It allows you to sharpen images much better
than any other method or application Ive tested
FocalBlade is the definitive
sharpening tool. ... it is brilliant at creating a sharpened
effect ... FocalBlade achieves fine results even on images
of low quality... The plug-in is flexible and easy to
use, delivering top quality results ... The speed at which
FocalBlade performs is impressive. The amount of control
you have over the sharpening of an image ... is also exceptional...
When extreme sharpening occurs, the plug-in doesnt
produce halos, as many other sharpening tools do.
Photoshop Creative Magazine
I wish I had tried it earlier!
Without a doubt, this is the best sharpening plug-in Ive
tried, and it beats the pants off the many sharpening
actions Ive found on the web. Its user-friendly
interface and powerful sharpening algorithms make it a
good investment for digital imaging newbies, and a must-have
tool for advanced users.
|Every now and then a
tool comes along that completely redefines its category.
FocalBlade is just such a tool. ... With FocalBlade you
are provided with the most powerful and flexible tool yet
produced for image sharpening.
... what makes the tools in FocalBlade
unique is that you can control how you sharpen images
without introducing negative side effects (increased noise
and halo) ... FocalBlade allows users to sharpen poor-quality
images without boosting inherent noise... one of the biggest
advantages of FocalBlade is the user interface design...
Similar plug-ins ... don't have the well-organized user
interface and excellent documentation... it makes the
plug-in easier to use.
Photoshop User Magazine April/May
It is not so often I get as impressed
by a new program as I did with FocalBlade. ... Its purpose
is to give the user a powerful tool to sharpen images
and i.e. in Photoshop do it better and with more easiness
than with the built in filter "Unsharp Mask". So it does!
The best thing, I think, is that it can sharpen the edges
separately from the surface.
FocalBlade is probably the most
versatile sharpening program around ... an absolute snip
at $49.95. ... makes FocalBlade a gem ... Photographers
have had a long time to wait for a sharpening plug-in
that has the controls of FocalBlade. I doubt that I will
ever want to use USM again.
Photographic Society Journal
... this tool will make your
life easier ... There is a workflow for every level of
skills. ... the learning curve is fast and easy. ... Need
I to say I adopted Focal Blade for my everyday workflow
? It's that easy to use and working so well ... Highly
recommended if you're serious about your images.
|FocalBlade is very flexible
and still not difficult to use. ... There is no doubt that
FocalBlade is one of our top sharpening filters (it might
end up even in the #1 spot). Very impressive.
PhotoWiz' Focal Blade is one
of my two favorite third-party filters for very powerful
special effects sharpening. You can get almost unlimited
effects and still remove over-sharpening artifacts.
The very best tool available
to help you with the task of sharpening your photographs.
"Best Of The Best" Awards
FocalBlade was created to provide
you with a whole range of powerful features in one single
filter. ... The dialog box is well designed and easy to
navigate with everything in it's place. ... A lot of work
has gone into producing this product and it's well worth
It is better than commonly built-in
sharpening functions from any photo editor software. ...
Focal Blade increases the patterns due to jpeg compression
much less than other -built-in- sharpening tools. ...
Focal Blade allows you to sharpen your digital photos
Photo Software Guide
|FocalBlade ... is a
universal image sharpening tool that combines great power
and flexibility with ease of use. ... It's no exaggeration
to say that FocalBlade has just about every conceivable
option you'll need for sharpening any image.
Photoshop comes with a sharpening
filter but it is rather limited in capability. The Plugin
Site's FocalBlade gives me far better control over how
my photos are sharpened for display
Adobe's Photoshop CS is ... a
powerful and useful tool but only when used with a few
plug-ins, namely Photowiz Colorwasher and Focalblade.
These two plug-ins allow me to bring out the true colour
of an image and to sharpen it extremely accurately without
too much time and effort. The results are excellent.
FocalBlade is - as part of a
collection of Photoshop-compatible plugins - known worldwide
for its quality and user-friendliness ... This software
was programmed to avoid straining the hardwear, so even
computers with little RAM render quite fast when applying
FocalBlade lets you sharpen your
without the risk of damaging them ... It is easy to use
in Novice or Expert mode with interactive explanations
for each feature and an online manual that gives you more
Canvangelist Issue 13
FocalBlade (FB) is designed as
a single pass sharpening plugin, and seems to me the ultimate
of its type. ... FB is generally fast and easy to use.
... It gives the finest possible control over sharpening,
and is a far and away the best product of its type so
FocalBlade ... is suitable for
optimizing individual images with a lot of care - an ideal
mixture of control and comfort. ... adds no noise to the
Usability: Very Good
This is an incredibly powerful
tool for sharpening your images, and it produces excellent
results. ... One of the more powerful features of FocalBlade
is the masking feature ... [it] helps you target the sharpening
only to areas that actually need it, which also enables
you to apply a bit stronger sharpening than you might
otherwise be able to get away with.
Tim Grey DDQ
FocalBlade was my first commercial
plug-in for sharpening photos. It's still my favorite.
... Support is among the best on the Web. ... FocalBlade
is a very flexible tool. ... You'll also find that FocalBlade
is reasonably priced.
The Lights Right
The non-optimal example image
(on the left) shows clearly more details after using FocalBlade
(on the right). Being able to influence dark and bright
halos seperately helps to achieve good results.
Arguably the number one sharpening
Resource - A Sharper Image
It gives you more precise control
than Photoshop ... FocalBlades ease of use, level
of control, and zippy performance warrant taking the plug-in
for a spin. ... The Mask Display option alone is worth
the purchase price. With multiple techniques suitable
for almost any image, FocalBlade could quickly become
your one-stop answer for image sharpening and blurring.
Pros: Multiple sharpening
and blurring modes; ability to enhance fine details by
entering a radius value of 0.5 pixels or fewer; resizable
window; handy X-ray negative edge-mask display; convenient
text description of controls; handy Screen and Print buttons;
swift; easy to use.
Cons: None significant.
Rating: 4.5 of 5
Now theres a delightfully
simple and powerful tool that seems to cover
all the sharpening ground youll ever need ... If
you ... need a more effective sharpening tool that the
one you have built-in to your graphics software, look
no further than FocalBlade. For $49 its the best
value sharpening plugin available, beating others ...
hands down in terms of features for the money. ... I can
see it becoming entrenched in my digital kitbag for years
to come and I give FocalBlade five out of five GO INSIDE
Magazine review lights!
I highly recommend using ...
FocalBlade. ...If you want the ultimate control and damn
the torpedos, go for FocalBlade ... enough power to keep
you experimenting for hours ... clearly labeled and entirely
user friendly ... will clean up halos and aliasing, no
matter how far you push the sharpening. ...You can get
almost unlimited effects and still remove over-sharpening
PEI Magazine September/October
FocalBlade is a plugin so professional
yet simple to use. If seeking an affordable yet powerful
Sharpen/Blur effects plugin, Focal Blade will make your
work and production more efficient.
3D USER Magazine Taiwan
FocalBlade ... packs a great
deal of capability. It has a well-organized and helpful
interface... The results on screen and on inkjet were
very good ... particularly useful in limiting grain or
noise effects in flat areas.
Digital Photo Pro Magazine
Very well received by the photographic
media ..., it has a reputation for excellent sharpening
without introducing unwanted artifacts such as halo effects.
... One particularly useful feature is its display of
several split view modes so that you can compare original
and sharpened versions side-by-side with variations of
the current settings.
John Lewell, The Digital Photographer's
Sharpening tools like FocalBlade often
achive better results than Photoshop.
c't special - Digitale Fotografie
2 64bit is my preferred sharpening tool. It allows me to
thoroughly sharpen details while maintaining skin softness
in my nude compositions and portraits. Ive tried many
other sharpening tools but one way or the other they are
destructive on human skin.
FocalBlade 2 has an easy to use interface with a very good
preview pane. Good results can be obtained in the automatic
mode with only 3 basic adjustment drop downs which let you
choose the overall sharpening amount, details sharpening
and most important for me the surface sharpening which in
my place is on low or very low to maintain a soft skin.
Roger Michel Fichmann www.fototake.ch
powerfull sharpening tool with many options, and great
results. ... better results than any other sharpening
tools. Gives most natural results, which is very important
Service: very good.
Overall Rating: 5 of 5
Value Rating: 5 of 5