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Filter Forge 7.0 Released, Improves Channel Export, Adds Copy and Paste, and More

November 15, 2017

Alexandria, VA, November 16, 2017 – Filter Forge, Inc. today announced the commercial release of Filter Forge 7.0, a desktop application for Windows and macOS that allows digital artists to build their own filters in a visual editor or download thousands of user-submitted filters from the online library. This release features a rewritten engine that speeds up rendering, adds support for copying and pasting images from and into the program, enables 3D artists to export all render channels at once, and updates dozens of components that simplify and enhance filter creation.

Filter Forge is a powerful Photoshop plugin and a stand-alone desktop application for Windows and Mac OS X that allows photographers, web designers, 3D modelers and other computer artists to apply over 5900 ready-to-use visual effects to their images, generate over 6200 of unique procedural textures, and create their own filters. There are 3 key features that make Filter Forge stand out among similar tools:

  • A free online filter library containing over 12,000 user-created textures and effects, making Filter Forge instantly useful for anyone who has no time to learn how to create filters. New filters are added every week. All filters are adjustable and resolution independent, and most of them support seamless tiling, real-world HDRI lighting, and can automatically generate diffuse, specular, bump, and normal maps. To view the filters, visit the Filter Library at https://www.filterforge.com/filters/
  • A visual filter editor that allows digital artists to create their own filters by arranging components such as blurs, gradients, color adjustments, distortions, or blends, into a network to combine their effects. For end-users, the filter internals are hidden behind a simple set of controls, so anyone can immediately benefit from filters without having to learn their inner workings.
  • Contributors who submit filters to the online filter library can get a full version of Filter Forge 7.0 at no cost. A filter that gets popular with the users earns a reward point. Three reward points earn the author a free copy of Filter Forge. For more information, visit the reward program page at https://www.filterforge.com/more/freecopy.html

The key feature of Filter Forge 7.0 is simultaneous render and export of render channels that generate special texture maps used in 3D packages and game engines. It will save much time and effort for all 3D artists using Filter Forge.

The rewritten rendering engine can speed up lots of filters. Most filters can benefit from the new sample cache architecture, and in quite a few lucky cases the improvement is in double digits.

The new Copy and Paste commands enable interoperability with any graphic editor regardless of its plug-in support. They preserve the image precision and HDR colors and thus allow for filter stacking: users can now copy the rendered image and paste it back into Filter Forge to apply another filter.

For filter creators, Filter Forge 7.0 introduces mappable list and slider inputs that were added to 47 existing components. The new input types give filter authors more expressive power by allowing parameter mapping, the foundational principle of Filter Forge, to be applied to component parameters defined by lists and sliders.

Filter Forge 7.0 is available for Windows and macOS. It can be used as a stand-alone application or as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and compatible host applications. The fully-functional 30-day trial version is available at the Filter Forge download page at https://www.filterforge.com/download/

Filter Forge is offered in three differently priced editions targeted at entry-level, mainstream and professional digital artists. Starting November 16 all new Filter Forge 7 licenses are offered at a special 75% discount. To buy Filter Forge at a discount, visit the Filter Forge ordering page at https://www.filterforge.com/buy/

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 the Filter Forge website at https://www.filterforge.com

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