You can also create button
effects on a single layer or on multiple layers to apply a variety of effects
to a single final image. For single-layer images, the process is simple: You just
paint a neutral area onto the canvas, type a word on top of the neutral area in
a more saturated color, merge layers, select your area and apply the filter.
Applying the effects to
images is just as easy. You can select no area and let Blade Pro do the figuring
out for you, in which case it will apply effects to non-white areas of the image,
or you can select regions with the selection tooland even feather the selection,
as in the image below on the right.
Flaming Pear's BladePro is well worth the download. Following that, it's well
worth the registration. This thing offers lots of control, solid performance and
excellent output. While you're at Flaming Pear's site, make sure you check out
some of their other offerings, most of which can be downloaded as fully working
Blade Pro Summary
Flaming Pear Software
Impression: Better than many commercial filters, these are polished
plugins with some stunning results.
Benefits: Lots of control.
Easy to understand interface. Fine documentation, online and off. The results
are sharp. The effects are impressive. The price is definitely right.
The filter automatically goes to the last folder used when you're looking for
bump maps or environments, which can waste some of your time. Also, under some
circumstances, a few of the sliders seem to have no effect whatsoever on the filter.
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