at a Glance
Platforms: Macintosh and Windows
Demo Available: Yes
Impression: Flaming Pear's plugins are top-notch,
and Flood is no different. The water effects are versatile
and impressive, and the filter works pretty quickly,
even on high-resolution images. (On a low-end G4, you
won't even see a progress bar until your image passes
about 1,024 x 768.) This is a solid piece of software.
Benefits: Like most of Flaming Pear's plugins, Flood
provides a decent number of controls for customizing
the look of the effect. This is a pretty specialized
filter, but you'll still see a goodly range of effects.
You can use the presets that ship with the filter, create
your own or even generate random settings.
I like this filter a lot, but I'd like to see more control
over the shape of the bodies of water that are generated,
maybe some special edge effects (breaking waves, mist,
etc.) and the ability to insert more than one ripple.
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Flood is certainly a worthy addition to your plugin collection,
assuming you have the need to submerge objects in water. It's performance
is great, and it provides the user with lots of options for customizing
the look of the effect. Certainly the price is right ($20). But
there are some enhancements I'd like to see go into this filter.
First, I'd like to be able to create more than one ripple. Second,
I'd like to be able to create breakers or add a little whitewater.
And third, I'd like to be able to add effects to the edges, such
as mist or contours.
going to give this a strong buy recommendation though because
I know some of you out there are flipping through the stock
catalogs looking for a perfect body of water to composite over
an image. Flaming Pear Flood is a much better solution with
its high quality, customizability and performance, not to mention
its modest price.
Pear Flood is available for Macintosh and Windows for $20 or
in a bundle with two other filters (Melancholytron and Hue &
Cry) for $40. For more information or to download a demo, visit
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Wide User Group.
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