We're going to take a look today at a Photoshop filter that, though not new, I've only discovered in the last week. The company is Flaming Pear Software. The filter is BladePro. It, like so many other filters from Flaming Pear, is both relatively unknown and shockingly feature-rich. It's also shockingly affordable: For a $49 shareware fee, you get a filter worthy of more praise than many a commercial offering. Combined with other packages from Flaming Pear, you have a suite of filters to rival anything on the market for value and performance. Let's take a look at what this thing can do.
Each one of these is controllable through 12 sliders that allow you to adjust the intensity of each filter. These include radius of the bevel, height of the bevel, smoothness, texture, gloss, glare, reflection of the environment, glassiness, caustic effect, iridescence, iris colors and tarnish. The tarnish effect also allows you to select the tarnish color, though the default works well. You can also change the effect from normal to procedural +, procedural -, difference, lighten, darken, add, subtract, multiply, screen, tarnish and caustic.
On top of all this, you get two fully controllable, color-selectable lights, a random button and the ability to save and load your favorite settingsplus a scalable preview.
But what's just as impressive as the controls are the results you can achieve using BladePro. And, just in case you're not the kind to experiment, Flaming Pear provides good documentation, along with some easy to follow tutorials. Click here for a screenshot of the BladePro interface.
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