REVIEW MAY 23 , 2001
Flaming Pear is a company that you might not be familiar with but that has put out some pretty serious effects filters for Photoshop. I've previously reviewed two of their products, BladePro and Super BladePro, both of which are designed to generate general material effects like stone and metal. This week we'll look at a plugin of theirs that has a much more limited scope but that might prove pretty useful to you compositing folks out there. It's called Flood, and its sole purpose is to place bodies of water onto an image.
Not sure what this means? Well, take a look at the before and after shots below.
Flood is a compositing dream, assuming that you have a need to composite water around a subject. If you do, then this is certainly a better solution than doing it manually with a piece of stock photography. It's just as realistic, and it lets you customize the appearance so that you can build just about any kind of water body you need, from rice paddies and mud holes to big, wide seas.
This filter is incredibly easy to use, and it requires very little tweaking to get it to look right. The skyscraper image above and the castle image below used essentially the same settings, but the filter automatically match the water to the scene.
You simply set the horizon to match the original image, and all of a sudden you're done. Unless you want to customize the look of the water, of course.
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