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- [Tony] Hi there and welcome to design tools weekly with me, Tony Homer. This week we're going to be taking the look at the optics plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom from Boris FX. Now, if that name rings a bell you're probably an aftereffects user and familiar with them for their mock-up pro tracking and roto application. A version of which is actually bundled with after effects. Well, this, as I said is for Photoshop and Lightroom and we're just going to have a quick look at some of the features. So if you're interested, you can investigate more. Let's go to the background layer here. And up to the filter menu because I have the optics plugin here installed. And that will launch like so. Now it's layered in here and we'll introduce two or three layers as we work through this to change this. First of all, let's have a quick look at what we've got here. So you've got the controls for resetting here. You've got the controls for adding a mask and if you choose to add a mask, you've got several different variations you can use there. You can apply using the gear icon at the top here and cancel using the big X at the top there as well. You've got some view controls here including before an after view. So side by side here, and other views that you can use and create snapshots and so on. You can also view a histogram, which is actually live here. And then a whole bunch of different effects, some of which or most of which, or even almost all of which come with presets that you'll see on the right hand side. So if we go to the color tab here, there are some adjustments here, and if I scroll through you can see there's a whole load of different things there. We've got this diffusion and blurs area which gives us some interesting effects we'll use one of those in a moment. Then film emulation here so film damage, for example, you can see that many, many presets there. And grades and grads and tents there. So you can apply those. And then some image controls here, lens features, so you can emulate different lenses and light and rendering special effects and stylizing and then of course you can create your own and your favorites just here as well. I'm going to start out with one of these presets here. I'm going to use this one here warp chroma. And you might notice that some of these are prefixed with the letter S. And if you see that it means it comes from their award-winning Sapphire series. So that's built into here as well. So I have a bunch of presets but what I'm going to do here is just move around some of these controls and you can see how, what I'm doing there is getting a repeated offset and I can actually move the outer side around as well. I can go to these parameters. You can see there's a whole bunch of parameters for this particular effect. So I'm going to increase the number of steps there and you can change the Z distance there as well. So plenty of things going on that looks pretty interesting like that. I might go with something like that and you can shift on different axes. You can actually also do that using this widget which you'll see in a lot of the effects as well. I can go ahead and add another effect on top of that by adding a layer here, let's go ahead and use one of these diffusion blurs just here. So again, this is something else from a Sapphire just here. This blur motion. And this one also has two controls just this, so let's go ahead and pull this across to the side like so and we can rotate and zoom both of these pretty easily. That looks pretty special. So let's go ahead and make that radiate outwards like that. Let's go ahead and add just one more here. In fact, you know what, I think what I'm going to do also is change the blend mode of this so just something else I can do with that effect. So let's try that on screen. That looks crazy good. Just there we'll add one more and I think this time we'll go to the light controls just here and there's this glint rainbow again from the Sapphire set. Now with this what I can do is change the actual blurs here individually. So I've got whole bunch of controls there for radius. So if I bring the radius down, maybe make this one here a little bit wide but this diagonal, which will go nicely across the back of the dome, so like, so I think that one works pretty good. You can go crazy big with it if you want to. It's very Star Trek, early first film Star Trek in case you're old enough to know what that means. Then I'm going to go ahead and apply that. So it will calculate it and then return a result to Photoshop. And because this is a small object you can see it's actually applied as a smart filter here. So if I wanted to blend that or go back and edit it, then I can do that. But I think just to finish this off what I'm going to do here is select everything and copy it. I'm going to go ahead and paste that down on top. Then I'll just change my blend mode here. I think hard light would work pretty good just there. And you can say fab, fab plugin really, really love it. So many possibilities we'd need all day to talk about it, but there you are. That's it for me for this week. And I'll see you next week here on design tools weekly.