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Boris FX Optics 2024

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Cinematic Effects Plugin for Photoshop & Lightroom

Enhance your photos with awe-inspiring effects and stunning aesthetics using Optics. Crafted by renowned experts in the field of visual effects, this comprehensive toolbox brings you top-notch lighting and lens effects inspired by Hollywood films, handpicked cinematic styles, and the ability to create lifelike particles. Elevate your photography and digital artistry with Optics, a must-have tool for professional visual enhancement. Unlock new creative possibilities and captivate your audience with stunning visuals, all within your reach.

Highlights include over 180 filters and 1000s of gorgeous presets in 10 categories: Color, Diffusion/Blurs, Film Lab, Grads/Tints, Image, Lens/Distort, Light, Render, Stylize, and Particle Illusion.

Optics is available as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom and a standalone application.

New in Boris FX Optics 2024   

  • 8 Filters: Atmospheric Glow, Magic Sharp, Orbs, Prism, S_PrismLens, Smoke and Fog, Super LED, and S_UltraGrain
  • Particle Illusion: Adds masking, trails, gradient presets, 3D deflectors, force turbulence, and more
  • More Presets: 100+ professionally designed and curated presets

Particle Illusion Update   

Particle Illusion adds even more creative features to elevate motion graphics workflows.

  • Emit particles from masks
  • Add artistic flair to animations with particle trails
  • Easily update particle colors with an enhanced gradient editor and presets
  • Add organic motion using force object direction turbulence
  • Create faster with dozens of usability improvements

Fast and Creative Photo Manipulation

Optics features a robust layer-based compositing interface and powerful, flexible masking tools. Tackle everything from simple photo editing to full image manipulations to designing and generating custom assets and graphics.

The Best Lighting Effects   

Explore the largest collection of procedural lens flares, lighting, gobos, and particle effects for photography. Just say no to stock footage elements. Quickly design, edit, and save your own libraries of presets of favorites with Optics.

Combine and build your own library of presets and favorites. Everything in Optics is procedural for creative control.

Artist Tested. Hollywood Proven.

Optics gives you access to the same plugins and filters regularly used on the most popular films and TV series with the addition of top tools from the Boris FX Suite.

Add Lens Flares, Light Rays, Ultra Zap (lightning), UltraGlow, Light Leaks, and many more effects from our Emmy Award-winning Sapphire collection, or retouch skin easily with Continuum’s Beauty Studio.

Stunning Particle Creation

The Particle Illusion category is a fast and easy-to-use particle engine that creates unique effects and elements.

Particle Illusion features 1700+ particle presets to enhance photo editing, including Smoke, Fire, Water, Sparkles, Explosions, Dust, Sci-Fi, and more. Learn more about Particle Illusion.

You can also create and export cinemagraphs — photo animations — using Optics in Photoshop, Lightroom, or the standalone application.

Get started with cinemagraphs. Watch Now

Physical Camera Characteristics

Optics is the only Photoshop plugin that emulates the physical characteristics of optical camera filters, whether it’s historical film stocks, color grading, or lens and diffusion effects.

Add beauty and depth to your digital images with diffusion filters like Mist, Fog, Net, Halo, and more.

Packed with Effect Presets 

  • 600+ film stocks and film looks
  • 126 optical lens flare presets from Boris FX Sapphire
  • 800+ Gobo lighting patterns
  • 1700+ particle presets, including Abstracts, Dust, Smoke, Fire, and more

Masking and Paint Tools

Optics features powerful masking and paint tools to replace backgrounds, isolate effects, or fix and touch up pixels.

  • EZ Mask with gestural stroke-based masking
  • Gradient, Spot, Path, Snap, Selection, and Paint mask types
  • Combine multiple masks using blend modes
  • Paint, clone, and blur with support for Wacom tablets
  • Exchange masks with Photoshop
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Optics User Guide

Host Compatibility

  • Adobe Photoshop CC and up (64 Bit Only)
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 and up (Non-app store version)
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic



  • macOS: 10.14 or higher
  • Windows: Windows 10 or higher on x64


Recommended Hardware:

  • Processor: Intel or AMD processor
  • Memory: 2GB of RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • Disk: High-speed disk array or SSD storage. 1GB of available disk space for caching and temporary files

Graphics Card:

  • NVIDIA GTX 460 or better
  • AMD Radeon 57xx series or better
  • OpenGL 2.1 capable graphics card
  • OpenCL 1.1 capable graphic card
  • 1GB of graphics memory

Licensing options:

  • Nodelocked license
  • Licenses both the Photoshop/Lightroom plug-in and standalone

Host Applications:

  • Adobe Photoshop CC and up (64 Bit Only)
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 and up (Non-app store version)
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic


  • Color management using ICC profiles
  • Exchangeable Image File Format (Exif)
  • Camera RAW, TIFF, JPEG as well as Kodak Cineon and DPX file formats
  • Mac Retina Display Support
  • 8, 16, 32 bit image processing
  • Multi-processor acceleration
  • GPU acceleration
  • Multi-processor support


Optics 2024

Launch September 14th 2023

Bringing Still Images to Life with Boris FX Suite, After Effects, and Photoshop

Bringing Still Images to Life with Photoshop & After Effects

If you've ever wanted to know how to make still images come to life, as you've seen in documentaries, Nick Harauz from Boris FX shows you how!

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Add a Blood Moon with Boris FX Optics #halloween

In this Quick Tip, Mick Harauz shows you how to add a creepy blood moon to your images in just a few steps in Boris FX Optics.

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Boris FX: Creating Beautiful Bokeh with Optics

Ben Brownlee shows you how to use Optics to create beautiful, blurred backgrounds that make your subject stand out.  He explains 3 different ways to use S_RackDefocus on its own and within Photoshop. 

Procedural Photo Editing & Effects with Boris Optics

Procedural Photo Editing & Effects with Boris FX Optics

Ross Shain dives deep into procedural photo editing and effect with Boris Optics. Learn color correction, masking, optics, and more.

Battle of the Bens

Battle of the Bens: Live Photo Manipulation w Photoshop + Boris FX Optics

Battle of the Bens: Ben Eshagpoor & Ben Brownlee show how two different creatives approach the same task with wildly different results.

How to Add Stunning Lens Flares in Photoshop with Boris FX Optics

How to Add Stunning Lens Flares in Photoshop with Boris FX Optics

Ben Brownlee walks you through creating gorgeous realistic and stylistic lens flares in Photoshop using Boris FX Optics, based on the Sapphire LensFlare!

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How to Create EZ Masks in Photoshop with Boris FX Optics

Ben Brownlee shows you the process of creating complex-looking masks with EZ Masks using Boris FX Optics in Photoshop. Try a free demo today!

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Boris FX Optics: Quick Start Guide #gettingstarted

Watch this Optics tutorial to learn how to add Lens Flares, Glows and other Hollywood-style feature film visual effects elements to your photos.


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