April 28, 2011
Alexandria, VA, April 28, 2011 – Filter Forge, Inc. today released the first beta of Filter Forge 3.0, a high-end plugin for Adobe Photoshop allowing computer artists to generate textures, create visual effects, enhance photos, and process images. The beta introduces several major features, including support for multiple source images, progressive previews, additional built-in preview images, and more.
The key feature introduced in this beta is the ability to use multiple source images in a filter simultaneously. Another notable feature is the new progressive preview that saves plenty of previewing time by rendering a rough, low-resolution preview first and then refining it in subsequent rendering passes. Also included are new built-in preview images in addition to the default 'lifesaver' image, support for alpha channel and HDR colors in filter controls, ability to inspect pixel colors with higher precision and several other improvements. The beta testing will be conducted in several stages, with new features added at every stage. For more information about the beta, visit http://www.filterforge.com/download/beta3/.
"In hindsight, our long-standing single source limitation was just ridiculous", says Vladimir Golovin, CEO of Filter Forge, Inc. "Inability to use multiple images in filters was a major roadblock for many users, and now it's gone!"
The beta testing is open for anyone – no registration required. The beta is a fully functional 30-day trial version of Filter Forge 3.0 Professional edition. All registered users of Filter Forge can get a free beta key that allows them to use the beta version until the end of the beta period. Users who find and report bugs will be rewarded with free copies of Filter Forge, which will be granted after Filter Forge 3.0 becomes commercially available. The commercial version is planned for release by fall 2011.
Filter Forge is a versatile Photoshop plugin which lets both novice and expert users create a wide variety of realistic and abstract textures and effects. Users can take instant advantage of over 8000 free community-created filters in the online filter library at http://www.filterforge.com/filters/, or create their own filters in the visual filter editor by assembling them from components such as blurs, gradients, color adjustments, noises, distortions, or blends. All filters are adjustable, resolution independent, support real-world HDRI lighting and ambient occlusion, can automatically generate diffuse, specular, bump, and normal maps, and most can be seamlessly tiled.
About Filter Forge, Inc. – Based in Alexandria, VA, Filter Forge, Inc. is a one-product company solely focused on developing Filter Forge. For more information, visit http://www.filterforge.com
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