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
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.
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
The very best tool
available to help you with the task of sharpening your
"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 the money.
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 very conveniently.
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.
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
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 the plugin.
you sharpen your photos
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
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 far.
FocalBlade ... is
suitable for optimizing individual images with a lot of
care - an ideal mixture of control and comfort. ... adds
no noise to the result.
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
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
Arguably the number
one sharpening tool
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
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
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
... 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
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
tools like FocalBlade often achive better results than
c't special - Digitale Fotografie
FocalBlade stands out ... because
of razorsharp results when sharpening and very versatile
fine-tuning possibilities. Probably the best external
and internal (as a plugin) sharpening tool.
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
multilevel, 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
Rating: 4.5 of 5
... a feature-rich and user-friendly
application that can be used for both novices and professional
photographers ... It's wrapped in a well-structured and
approachable layout ... a comprehensive and intuitive
utility, packed with individual tools and designed for
those who want to adjust general and advanced photo properties
... as well as correct imperfections and improve the overall