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Alien Skin Bokeh 2 review

Create shallow depth of field effects post capture

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Our Verdict

For

  • Quick and intuitive control over focus region position, size and feathering
  • Advanced Spin and Twist controls for motion blur effects
  • Nice-looking vignette effects

Against

  • Dull appearance
  • Long list of technical-looking presets
  • Expensive for what it does
  • Lacks manual masking tool

Alien skin bokeh 2 review

Real-world scenes consist of different objects and planes at different distances, and it's rare to be able to recreate depth of field effects accurately. But you can create the impression of depth of field very easily with Alien Skin Bokeh 2, and that's all you really need.

We liked

Once you've found your way around, Alien Skin Bokeh 2 is easy and fast to work with, and it produces excellent defocus and vignette effects with little effort on your part.

We disliked

Alien Skin Bokeh 2 looks both technical and distinctly old-fashioned. It's also pretty expensive, costing twice as much as OnOne's FocalPoint 2.

Final verdict

The quality of the results is terrific, but Alien Skin Bokeh 2 is not cheap, and the software interface itself isn't much to look at, either.