June 30, 2011
Alexandria, VA, June 30, 2011 – Filter Forge, Inc. today released the second beta test stage 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 second beta stage introduces support for Bezier curves, adds an Edge Detector component, improves preview interactivity and adds scripting support for noises.
The highlight of this beta is the support for hand-drawn Bezier curves, which are commonly used in computer graphics for creating tone curves, bevel profiles, shapes and more. Filter Forge already offers a wide range of tools for generating curves mathematically, but many artists missed the ability to draw curves manually, as they used to do in other popular software tools.
Other notable additions in Beta stage 2 include the Edge Detector component that finds edges in images using several methods, an expanded scripting API that now offers support for noise functions, and an interactive before/after separator allowing users to see the original image and the applied effect side-by-side. To read more about the new beta and see the examples, click here: http://www.filterforge.com/download/beta3/index.html
"Drawing curves by hand is a lot easier than assembling them from math operations", said Vladimir Golovin, CEO of Filter Forge, Inc. "With this release, we're making Filter Forge easier and more familiar to graphic artists."
The beta testing is open for anyone – no registration required. The beta version is available at http://www.filterforge.com/download/beta3/. The beta is a fully functional 30-day trial version of the Filter Forge 3.0 Professional edition. All registered Filter Forge users 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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“I really like Filter Forge, I seem to find new uses for it constantly. The 2.0 upgrade looks great, HDR will be really welcome.”
3D and Visual Effects Artist