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A new way to focus Mac images



  PicFocus Do you have pictures? Of course you do. Thanks to a decade of iPhone, movie loss and printing, most of us have thousands of tens of thousands of digital photos stored in Mac's Photos app, which is an inexpensive way to add three types of focus.

Apple made a big deal out of iPhone's ability to handle portrait photos. No, not just pictures as portraits. It's easy. What takes some work is to make these pictures into traditional portraits where the person is in focus and everything behind is little out of focus. PicFocus does it and more.

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This cleverly designed 99 percent Mac app enhances the images by providing you with simple tools to add focus, blurry backgrounds and run a few filters to enhance the image. In this case, a few pictures are worth a few hundred words.

 PicFocus

In the top view, PicFocus lets you define a particular border in the image. Everything in the background can be affected by other tools – black and white, unclear focus, etc.

The secret sauce is the clever edging tool that lets you put an object on the image in front of the light. Standard slider gives you more granular controls over each option – blue, highlights, color saturation and heat, for background. Sharpness, clarity and liveliness for the foreground.

There is nothing to not here. It's fast. It's easy. The results are impressive and there is no learning curve.

warnings?

Tests and errors are your friend. Despite the friendly interface and simple adjustments of all parameters, getting the changes you want takes some work. Exercise.

 PicFocus for Mac

Otherwise, not much can be easier. Drag and drop an image onto PicFocus or click to open an image. Select the tool and sketch the image you want in the foreground. PicFocus knows that everything else goes into the background. The slider for Saturation controls the color depth.

Strangely, the heat control slips again for more color heat, but right for cooler color. PicFocus is a fascinating way to adjust focus and color with little effort. Just don't get lost in trial and error.

Nicely done and a good buy of 99 cents. As always, I'd like to see a PicFocus version for iPhone and iPad.


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