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Digital Anarchy Readies Texture Anarchy for Photoshop

Plugin suite generates procedural textures and edge effects By Dave Nagel
At the Siggraph convention this week in San Diego, Calif., Digital Anarchy previewed a forthcoming release of Texture Anarchy, a collection of texture-generation plugins for Adobe Photoshop. It's expected to ship early next week for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows.

Texture Anarchy includes three plugins for Photoshop designed to produce and manipulate procedural textures. The main plugin, Texture Anarchy, offers 38 algorithmic noise types with automatic variation production, as well as a "Deep Editing" feature for modifying all aspects of the textures, including the noise type, scale, rotation, color, gradients and other aspects. It includes four fully controllable light sources, a gradient editor and 27 blending modes for creating variations on the textures, which can also be applied as bump maps.

Tiling Texture Anarchy, the second plugin in the set, is similar to Texture Anarchy, but is used to produce seamlessly tiling textures. It offers most of the features of the main plugin but puts constraints on rotation and texture scaling for the purpose of tiling.

The third plugin is called Edge Anarchy. It uses procedural textures for generating edge effects around or on images and includes options for edge shape, falloff, lighting control, etc.

Texture Anarchy will ship with "several hundred" presets, according to Jim Tierney, who heads up Digital Anarchy. It also allows users to save and load presets. It will be available next week at an introductory price of $129 (regularly $149). For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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