Review Roundup: Boris FX Optics, VFX for Photographers
Boris FX Optics brings lighting effects, color grades, film stock effects, and more to your photography. Use Optics in Photoshop or Lightroom. We’ve been collecting reviews from authoritative sources over the past year and thought it would be auspicious to share a few with you.
Optics 2021 has been out for a while so there are A LOT of reviews out there. We have EIGHT reviews here, all for the current release. It’s interesting to compare different reviews because everyone uses the software a bit differently. Most of these are reviews from Blogs and magazines, but there are a couple of video reviews too.
Add Drama and Flair to Your Images Easily: Boris FX Optics Review, The Phoblographer
I like how this review breaks down the pros and cons of the software, first thing. The reviewer likes the quality effects, the UI, the EZ Mask system and that it can be used as a standalone or a plugin for Lightroom or Photoshop. They also can’t disagree with the price! Of all the reviews on this page, this one dives deepest, covering Performance, some of the effects, and gives a lot of examples.
Best Photoshop Plugin? DIYP Reviews Boris FX Optics, Illya Ovchar, diy Photography
Learn how Optics is different from other tools. The reviewer jumps into the presets and gives several useful examples.
Optics by Boris FX: Comprehensive Review and Tutorial, Rikard Rodin, Nucly • Photoshop and Creative Design Training
Rikard created an almost 2-hour video for your viewing pleasure.
Boris FX Optics – Review and Complete Overview , Skills Factory
Boris FX Optics 2021 review: Hollywood visual trickery, now for digital photos, J.R. Bookwalter, MacWorld
J.R. clearly knows the history behind the plugin and includes some effective examples in his review. He covers the Sapphire filters in the package, as well as the filters Boris FX acquired from Tiffen Dfx.
Boris FX Optics by Oliver Peters, DigitalFilms
Oliver talks about the technical side and the raw formats and resolutions that Optics supports. He also explains the EZ Mask, useful for cutting a person out of their background for effects. In addition, he dives into the Lens Flare Designer, which uses the same technology as Sapphire filters. At the end of his review, he includes several examples of the filter on images.
Maximum Workflow: Boris FX Optics, by Sean McCormack, Lightroom Magazine
Lightroom Magazine published this article in Issue 64 of their magazine. In the review, he has a fantastic example of different settings of the effect applied to the same image. He explains how to install and activate the plugin, then talks about Optics vs. Lightroom. The article includes a tutorial of some of the features of Optics, including masking with EZ Mask and adding lens flares.
Award-Winning VFX Specialists Boris FX Releases Software for Photographers, Wouter du Toit, FStoppers
Wouter breaks down what comes in the Optics package. He also talks about the user experience and workflow, what he likes, and what he doesn’t like about the tools. He includes some fantastic examples as well.
Need more Boris FX Optics Information?
Below, check out some news updates and tutorials for your new favorite Photoshop plugin.
- Update: Boris FX Optics 2021.2
- Battle of the Bens: Live Photo Manipulation w Photoshop + Boris Optics
- Procedural Photo Editing & Effects with Boris Optics
- How to Create EZ Masks in Photoshop with Boris FX Optics
- How to Add Stunning Lens Flares in Photoshop with Boris FX Optics
Lighting Effects, Film Stocks, Color Grades, and More!
Boris FX Optics is the definitive digital toolbox for photos. Created by professional feature film VFX artists, Optics is designed to simulate optical camera filters, specialized lenses, film stocks and grain, lens flares, optical lab processes, color correction as well as natural light and photographic effects. Take your images to the next level, try Optics.
Available now as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as a standalone application for macOS and Windows. Purchase a new license or choose a subscription option.
The Ultimate Visual Effects Package
The Boris FX Suite offers the best-in-class complete library of Boris FX award-winning tools, such as tools for visual effects, planar tracking, and rotoscoping tools. To put it another way, get it all for one low-cost annual price of $1,295.
Boris FX Suite Includes:
Sapphire plugin suite multihost license
Continuum plugin suite multihost license
Mocha Pro standalone application and the multihost Mocha Pro plugin
Silhouette standalone application and the multihost Silhouette Paint plugin
In addition, get Boris FX Optics, a multihost plugin
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