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Flaming Pear Super BladePro

Texture & lighting effects for Adobe Photoshop By Dave Nagel
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 stronger?and $15 less than the original filter. What could I do? I had to buy it?and 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 created?stone, bark, wood, fabric, etc.


How it works
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 ways?normal, 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;
  • Gloss;
  • Glare; Reflection (of the environment);
  • Glassiness;
  • Caustic;
  • Iridescence;
  • Iridescence Colors, which are set along a slider;
  • Tarnish;
  • Rain, which adds striations;
  • 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;
  • Grit;
  • Abrasion;
  • Moss;
  • Leakiness, which affects the pattern of the moss;
  • Blotches;
  • 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 size.

    In addition, there are two selectable lights that allow you to select color, intensity and direction; a random button; a button to let you save and load your favorite settings; and a scalable preview window.

    The new version also adds an undo button and a random seed button for changing the appearance of blotches.

    The experience Working in Super BladePro is incredibly easy. If you're not sure where to start, you can just hit the Random button until you find something you like, then tweak the results to achieve your final desired effect.

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