OCTOBER 10, 2001
by David Nagel
There are really two categories of visual effects plugins for compositing applications. You have canned special effects and general-purpose image manipulation tools. Neither one is inherently superior to the other. But, in large part, canned special effects have limited applications for professional use. After all, once a special effect has been used in a widely distributed piece, subsequent uses are just copies. On the other hand, there is the fact that so many general image manipulation tools offer sub-par quality and dubious usefulness.
And then there's Tinderbox from The Foundry.
Last year The Foundry debuted Tinderbox 1, a collection of 20 general- and specific-purpose special effects that fairly blew the minds of everybody who had a chance to experience them. Tinderbox 2, released in the middle of this year, expands upon the original release with some truly useful additions, some stunning effects and, above all, high-quality results.
What it does
This is not a simple "paint on a path" type of filter. Its purpose is to make an image look as if it had been painted. The filter gives a number of controls for brush size, stroke length and paint properties. However, it does not provide options for the paint style, such as oil, watercolor, etc.
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Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications.