August 29, 2006
Alexandria, VA, USA (August 29, 2006) – Filter Forge, Inc. today announced website updates, changes in its reward policy and upcoming changes in the Filter Library.
We are shifting the Filter Library to the Web, so its front page at http://www.filterforge.com/filters/ has got a new look and functionality. The filter database is now searchable from the website, and the filters can now be viewed by popularity and by date, as well as by category. Filters that have been awarded an Editor's Pick are shown on the 'Featured' tab of the Filter Library front page and on the three hotspots at the top of the page.
Also, you can now manage your subscriptions to the Filter Forge email newsletters directly from your Profile at http://www.filterforge.com/more/profile/. To subscribe or unsubscribe, check or uncheck the 'Subscribe to the newsletter' option on the Profile page.
An Editor's Pick no longer qualifies a filter for a reward. From now on, the only criterion is the filter's Usage Rank. The updated reward policy is available at http://www.filterforge.com/more/freecopy.html.
As before, an Editor's Pick is awarded to any filter we consider remarkable or potentially useful. There are no criteria, just the reviewers' discretion. The filters with an Editor's Pick will be featured on the front page of the Filter Library at http://www.filterforge.com/filters/.
First publicly released in May 2006, Filter Forge is a high-end plugin for Adobe® Photoshop® allowing computer artists to build their own filters – seamless textures, visual effects, distortions, patterns, backgrounds, frames and more. The key features of Filter Forge include a visual filter editor and a free online library of user-created filters to which anyone can contribute. Filter Forge is currently in the public beta testing stage, the final version is planned for release this fall. Filter Forge is the flagship product of Filter Forge, Inc., a one-product company dedicated solely to making Filter Forge a premier product. For more information, visit http://www.filterforge.com.
This is really a fantastic piece of software, I highly recommend everyone checking it out if you're into pattern/texture map creation.
“For 3D modelers, Filter Forge is a dream come true. It creates seamless textures with a single mouse click. The professional version creates the following map types for any texture: bump, normal, specular strength, specular exponent, diffuse, metallic, and alpha. The same filter can be used to generate any resolution, since filters are procedural.”
“It's a powerful and logical way of creating effects that's relatively easy to learn by seeing how other effects are built. Creating filters from scratch is time-consuming, but for a wider user group, it's a great way to modify already-created effects.”