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What's the difference between the standard and the CK version?

Focus CK includes several key features that make it essential for serious prosumers and professionals who want to get the most out of their craft:

- can be used as a plug-in for professional photo applications like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom or Apple Aperture and Photos for Mac.

- more powerful Blur controls such as Radial and Linear Motion Blur.

- adds In Focus controls such as Sharpen and Clarity.

Can I upgrade from standard version to CK?

If you want to upgrade from the standard version of Focus purchased from the Mac App Store, please contact our 24/7 support team via support@macphun.com

They will send you a special link so that you’ll only pay the difference between the standard and CK versions.

Please, note that you should have the mac App Store version installed on your computer in order to activate the upgraded Pro version.

What languages are supported?

Focus CK is available in the following languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch.


Can I install Focus CK on more than 1 Mac?

Focus CK can be installed on up to 5 Macs owned by the same person. You’ll simply need to use the same license and e-mail address.




What is Focus CK?

Focus helps you eliminate the need for additional and expensive equipment and extends filter and lens functionality beyond your camera.

Focus CK helps you add professional lens effect to your photos without expensive gear. Shoot with any camera or smartphone, then enhance photos in Focus to add pro look in no time.

Focus is your ultimate app for focus experiments.It offers the power of tools from lens effects to motion blur for photo enthusiasts and pros alike. It brings you radial and linear motion blur controls to enhance the sensation of movement in your photos.

How to activate Focus CK?

Please, open Focus CK.

On the Welcome screen, you have the options to Activate the app or to Launch Demo version.


If you have a license key, hit Activate and enter your email address and activation code.

If you proceed with a Demo, each time you launch the application, you will see this window and will be able to activate or launch a demo version.

To activate Focus CK from inside the software, click on Focus CK in the top menu and click Activate. Then enter your activation code + email address.


Where can I find my license for Focus CK?

If you ever lose your activation code for Focus CK, you can find it here: https://skylum.com/support

Enter your email address you used to activate the application under License Retrieval and hit Proceed.


How do I manually check for the updates?

In order to manually check for updates, please, follow these simple steps:

1. Open the application and upload an image by simply dragging it to the Focus CK icon in the doc.

2. After that, please, click on the Focus CK tab in the upper left corner (near the Apple logo)
3. In the dropdown menu, please, click on Check for Updates

Which image formats are supported by Focus CK?

Supported file formats are RAW, TIFF 8-bit, 16-bit, PNG, JPEG


Which formats can I use to save edited image in Focus CK?

You can create an image file and save it in the following formats: JPG, PNG, TIFF, PSD or Focus document (thus you can proceed editing this file with Focus CK later).




What are the shortcuts in Focus CK?

Space Preview Mode On/Off

CMD + Z Undo

Shift + CMD + Z Redo

CMD + 0 Go to Crop

CMD + 1 Go to Portrait

CMD + 2 Go to Nature

CMD + 3 Go to Architecture

CMD + 4 Go to Macro

CMD + 5 Go to Tilt-Shift

CMD + 6 Go to Custom Focus

"=" Increase Aperture Value

- Decrease Aperture Value OLD VERSION

Alt = Increase Vividness Value

Alt - Decrease Vividness Value

Alt ↑ Crop Increase Crop

Alt ↓ Decrease Crop

Alt → Increase Horizon

Alt ← Decrease Horizon

] Portrait , Macro Increase Size

[ Decrease Size

Alt ] Increase Inner Circle Size

Alt [ Decrease Inner Circle Size

Control ] Increase Outer Circle Size

Control [ Decrease Outer Circle Size

Delete Reset All

] Nature, Architecture, Tilt-Shift Increase Size

[ Decrease Size

Alt ] Increase Inner Rectangle Size

Alt [ Decrease Inner Rectangle Size

Control ] Increase Outer Rectangle Size

Control [ Decrease Outer Rectangle Size

CMD ] Rotate Clockwise

CMD [ RotateCounter Clockwise

Delete Reset All

] Custom Increase Size

[ Decrease Size

Alt ] Increase Hardness

Alt [ Decrease Hardness

CMD I Invert Mask

Alt + Delete Reset Mask

Delete Reset All

↑ Move Focus Up

↓ Down

→ Right

← Left

Will it work as a Photos extension?

Focus CK does not work as an extension to Photos yet.

We are currently working on a fix for that.


Will Focus CK work as a plug-in?

Yes, Focus CK works as a plug-in with Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and CC; Photoshop Elements 10-14 (App Store version is not supported due to Apple Sandboxing); Apple Aperture 3.2 or later; Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6 or CC 2014, СС 2015, СС.

How to install Focus CK plug-ins?

Focus CK works as a plug-in to Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Apple Aperture.

To install the plug-ins, please, follow these steps:

1. Make sure, that host applications (Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Apple Aperture) are closed.

2. Launch Focus CK and click on the Focus CK tab in the upper left corner (near the Apple logo)

3. In the drop-down menu, please, click on Install Plug-ins

4. Then, please, hit Install near the plug-ins you want to add

(The system will ask you to enter the password to your Mac)

How to use Focus CK as Lightroom plug-in?

To transfer a photo from Lightroom to Focus CK plug-in, please, follow these steps:

1. Open Lightroom and upload a photo you want to work with

2. Once you applied the necessary edits in Lightroom, go to Photo > Edit In > Focus CK

How to use Focus CK as Photoshop plug-in?

To transfer a photo from Photoshop to Focus CK plug-in, please, follow these steps:

1. Open Photoshop and upload a photo you want to work with.

2. Once you applied the necessary edits in Photoshop, go to Filter > Skylum Creative Kit > Focus CK

How to use Focus CK as Aperture plug-in?

To transfer a photo from Aperture to Focus CK plug-in, please, follow these steps:

1. Open Aperture and upload a photo you want to work with.

2. Once you applied the necessary edits in Aperture, go to Photos > Edit with Plug-In > Focus CK


How to save a photo in Focus CK?

To save a photo in Focus CK, simply click on the Share button and hit Save Image as

How to transfer a photo from Focus CK to Lightroom, Photoshop, Aperture, Photos?

After editing with Focus CK you can transfer this photo to Lightroom, Photoshop, Aperture or Photos.

Once you applied the necessary edits in Focus CK, go to File > Open In and select the app you want to proceed with. You can open a photo in any other Creative Kit app the same way.

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