at a Glance
Used: G4 400; Mac OS 9.0.4; Photoshop 5.5 and 6.0.
Impression: Excellent tool for creating textures for
al kinds of uses, whether it be for import into 3D programs or text
effects right in Photoshop.
Benefits: A large number of controls allow users to customize
their textures and texture effects, including importing bump maps
and textures, with two 3D lights and support for a number of parameters.
The program could use clearer labels for what each button does.
Could use better support for vector objects.
Flaming Pears Super BladePro
& lighting effects for Adobe Photoshop
We previously reviewed
regular ol' BladePro from Flaming Pear Software and gave it high marks
for its ability to create metallic textures inside Photoshop. Super BladePro,
which was released just a couple of weeks ago, comes out even strongerand
$15 less than the original filter. What could I do? I had to buy itand
that's saying something for a guy who gets his software for free.
Super BladePro, available
as an online download order for $30, is a plugin for Photoshop designed
to create 3D and 2D textures on any object, with an emphasis on metals.
But, really, any texture effect can be createdstone, bark, wood,
It starts with a selection of 14 bevel shapes, ranging from a spherical
effect to multiple ridges surrounding various types of hills and valleys.
It also has 12 preset textures. Any PICT file can also be used as a texture
and can be easily imported just by clicking on the currently selected
texture. It also ships with 246 spare environments and bump maps, and
more are available for download from the Flaming Pear Web site. Bump maps
can be scaled, and environments can be rotated and flipped. The effect
can be applied 15 different waysnormal, procedural+, procedural-,
lighten, darken, add, subtract, multiply, screen, tarnish, caustic, abrasion,
difference, height and unlit.
Now, the previous
version, BladePro, allowed you to adjust each effect through the interaction
of 12 sliders. The new one, Super BladePro, adds 12 more, for a total
of 24. These controls include:
- Radius, which lets
you set the radius of the bevel;
- Height, which adjusts
the height of the bevel from -100 to 100;
- Smoothness, which
adjusts the fidelity of the texture from 0 to 100;
- Texture, which
sets the relief of the texture from -100 to 100;
- Embossing, which
sets the overall emboss effect from -100 to 100;
- Reflection (of
- Iridescence Colors,
which are set along a slider;
- Rain, which adds
- Evaporation, which
affects the appearance of the rain striations;
- Diffusion, which
also affects the rain effect;
- Wander, which alters
the pattern of the rain effect;
- Dust, which adds
layers of dust (0 to 100) to certain areas of the object;
- Leakiness, which
affects the pattern of the moss;
- Blotch Size.
Super BladePro lets
the user select the colors for several of these slider effects, including
rain, evaporation, dust, tarnish, abrasion, moss, leakiness and blotch
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