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Digital Film Tools Releases Light! for Photoshop

Plugin creates natural lighting effects By Dave Nagel
Digital Film Tools has released Light! for Adobe Photoshop, a plugin designed to produce natural lighting effects in a scene. Digital Film Tools is an offshoot of Los Angeles-based visual effects house Digital FilmWorks. Their new plugin is available for Macintosh and Windows.

Light! allows users to add lighting to a scene where none existed before. Users select areas of the image, and then both light and shadow can be introduced. The plugin includes pre-built shape and texture libraries, including windows, doors, leaves and abstract patterns. Users can also add their own shapes and patterns to the library to create custom lighting effects.

The software uses proprietary matte extraction techniques to isolate portions of the image using luminance, color (red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow), hue or saturation. It also allows for shape transformations, displacement and cornerpinning.

Light! operates in RGB, CMYK and grayscale and supports Photoshop actions. It requires Photoshop 5.5 or later and runs on Mac and Windows systems. A demo is also available. (At press time, the demo did not work in Photoshop 7 under OS X. We'll let you know when an OS X version becomes available.) It sells for an introductory price of $50. For more information, visit

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, 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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