3's Fade tool
3's Live Generation
includes extensive controls for each of its filters and live effects.
5 , 2000
CValley Releases FILTERiT 3.0.1
version adds Illustrator 9 enhancements
released version 3.0.1 of its Mac-only FILTERiT plugin for Adobe Illustrator.
The new version adds enhancements designed to make it run more smoothly under
Illustrator 9, though it remains compatible with Illustrator 8.
is a suite of real-time effects and filter effects for Adobe Illustrator. It adds
several items to Illustrator's tool palette, as well as a pull-down menu for adjusting
the parameters of certain effects. In total, 82 filters are included, as well
as 11 real-time effects. Here's a quick look at some of the highlights.
3 live effects
All real-time effects in FILTERiT 3 can work with text objects without converting
them into outlines and paths. Lives features allow for changes in colors and strokes
of objects as they are edited. Live effects include:
- Live Neon dresses up the
outlines of a selected object for a neon effect. Settings are update automatically
as an object is edited.
- Live Border alters borders
outside or inside a selected object. It includes capabilities for solid and gradient
- Live Emboss, as its name
implies, embosses objects, including text.
- Live Shadow creates a drop
shadow on a selected object. It includes a number of styles, as well as editable
- Live Circle creates copies
of objects along a circle. This also can be applied to text objects and grouped
- Live Tiling creates copies
of objects along horizontal and vertical lines like tiles. Copies can be proportionally
distributed as they are transformed (size and rotation).
- Live Frame creates copies
of objects and groups of objects along a rectangular frame.
- Live Reflections creates
mirror copies of objects and groups along horizontal, vertical and radial axes.
- Live Generation (pictured,
second from top) copies objects and groups with varying sizes and directions.
- Live Explosion creates
and arranges copies of objects and groups to form an explosive pattern.
- Live Galaxy creates and
arranges copies of objects and groups in a spiral pattern.
New tools in FILTERiT 3 give users access to 82 individual effects in nine categories.
We can't look at all of the effects here, but the categories include warps, waves,
lens effects, craft, roughening, broom, metabrush, fade (pictured, top) and align
points. Each one (except align points) includes a corresponding palette for choosing
styles and setting parameters.
We'll be reviewing
FILTERiT 3 soon, at which point we'll bring you more details.
The 3.0.1 updater
is available free for current users via CValley's Web site. The full version retails
for $129. For more information, visit http://www.cvalley.com.
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