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June 29
Panopticum Releases After Effects, Photoshop Plug-in Sets for Macintosh

by David Nagel
Executive Producer

Panopticum has released two new sets of plugins the Mac platform—one for Adobe Photoshop, the other for Adobe After Effects. Plugin Galaxy is set of 20 plugins for Photoshop that produce more than 120 basic effects, each of which is controllable through sliders. It includes texturing, blurring and transparency manipulation, as well as effects like metals, glass and star effects. Plugins include:

  • Alpha Tool for manipulating the alpha channel;
  • Bluuur for more blur effects;
  • Breakfast for creating textures;
  • Coolorize, which manipulates the colors of an image;
  • Cryptology, which lets users encrypt or decrypt images at 64 bits;
  • Edge Tool for creating edge variations;
  • Feedback, which creates radial feedback and vortex effects;
  • Fusion for creating metal, chrome and neon effects;
  • Glass for creating glass-like effects;
  • Grid, which creates grid effects, including embossed grids;
  • Instant Mirror, which creates mirror effects;
  • Noiseee for noise effects;
  • Pop Art for creating pop-art effects;
  • Rainbow, which creates rainbow gradients;
  • Star, which creates star and lens flare effects;
  • Sunshine for emulating sun or sunset effects;
  • Synthesizer, which creates synthetic patterns;
  • Warp 1 and Warp 2 for creating warp effects;
  • Zoom, which allows users to zoom in on selected areas of an image.

The company also released Lens Pro II. Panopticum says the set of After Effects 4.x filters is available for Macintosh, though it was not available for order or as a demo at press time. Lens Pro II contains two sets of lenses and crystals effects that include six kinds of lenses and two kinds of crystals: Ellipse lens, Square lens, Droplet lens, Torus lens, Border lens, Star lens, Diamond crystal and Star crystal.

Users can adjust parameters of particles movement and create effects and animate backgrounds. Filter include:

  • Contour Lens, which allows users to create a lens on any image with an alpha channel or mask;
  • Gradient Lens builds a relief of a glass surface;
  • Triangle Surface creates crystal textures and objects;
  • Ellipse Lens creates circular and elliptical distortion effects;
  • Square Lens lets users create a lens in the form of rectangle with adjustments for shape, optics and color properties;
  • Droplet Lens creates the effect of drops flowing down on wet glass;
  • Torus Lens emulates a donut-shaped lens;
  • Border Lens allows users to create a rectangular a lens border;
  • Universal Lens allows users to create a lens of any shape;
  • Star Crystal allows users to create crystal effects, and users can set the number of facets, distance between center and border and cut of facets;
  • Diamond Crystal is similar to Star Crystal, but the facets are in the shapes of diamonds.

Panopticum Plugin Galaxy is available for $49.95. Lens Pro II is available for $79.95. For more information, visit http://www.panopticum.com.

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