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Marlin Studios Releases "Panoramica" Texture Library

Collection of panoramic land and sky backgrounds By DMN Staff Writer
Graphics studio and publisher Marlin Studios has announced the release of its "Panoramica - Land & Sky" two CD-Rom set, created by artist and photographer David Campbell.

The product is the 12th in a series of texture libraries created for use by 2D and 3D graphics artists. Panoramica is a collection of beautifully photographed and post-processed panoramic land and sky backgrounds, in full hemispherical and 180/240/360-degree formats. Matching 3D models are included for the various size textures. Also included is a set of six stop-action animated cloud formations, suitable for video and other applications.

Panoramica is also a tool for photorealistic lighting and shadowing. The ultra-photorealism takes effect when radiosity is used in a 3D program with the panoramic textures. Radiosity picks up the illumination values of the entire sky and renders ultra photorealistic lighting and shadowing. The panoramic textures are useful to architects, game developers and general 2D/3D artists; the images are also large enough for use in high-end print applications.

Because a panoramic texture sometimes requires close scrutiny by the camera as it moves in a scene, panoramic textures need to be large in size. The textures included with Panoramica in some cases area as large as 10,000 x 2,000 pixels. If an artist requires smaller sizes, the panoramic textures can be reduced to required specifications. The textures are presented in TIFF format for lossless quality. The two CD-Rom set sells for $249 plus shipping and handling and can be ordered online at

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