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XChange International Announce Path Styler Pro Plug-ins

(October 21, 2005)
XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce the release of the new Path Styler Pro plug-in for Photoshop® and Illustrator®. The Path Styler Pro plug-in uses paths to create images with super sharp bevels. Powerful new features like procedural maps, metallic materials, textures, and reflections allow users to instantly create high-quality graphics for web pages, logos, cover illustrations, and more.

The Photoshop version of Path Styler Pro is a filter plug-in that is unique in that it uses Photoshop¹s own paths as a base to create sharp bevels. Designers can use the pen tools, the shape tools, and text to create paths. Path Styler Pro uses the precision of paths to create sharp, clean, bevelled images that do not require softening. Features include: ? Multiple super sharp bevels < path-based bevels are always crisp and clean and allow you to choose between rounded, bevelled or mitered joins at corners. Users can add more than one bevel to both the inside and the outside of a path, each bevel with its own edge style, material, and texture items. ? Metallic, glass, and plastic materials < choose from 5 types of shaders for each material and control the colour, opacity, shadow, and highlight settings with dynamic sliders. ? Procedural maps < add layers of maps to almost every parameter and choose from 20 map types, including Noise, Wood, Dots, Image, and more. ? Editable contours and gradients < colour the output of procedural maps with gradients. Edit any gradient instantly with the inline gradient editor. ? Bump mapping with contours < use contours to control the shape of bevels, the output of maps, and the bumps of texture items. Create contours with the new Contour Editor. Add relief and irregularities to a surface by adding multiple texture items with procedural bump maps. Shape the bumps of the textures with the new editable contours. ? Reflective materials < create reflective materials with the new reflection item. Use procedural maps for a wide range of colourful environments. ? Directional, omni, and tube lights <  Use 4 coloured lights and a light map item to illuminate your object. Choose from directional, omni, and tube lights for sophisticated lighting effects. ? Smoothing < although path-based bevels do not need smoothing, that doesn't mean you cannot apply smoothing to the bevels in Path Styler Pro. In fact, you can even use separate smoothing settings for each bevel. ? New user interface < all-new user interface that allows designers to get great results fast, offering instant control with dynamic sliders, on-screen controls, unlimited undo/redo capability, and a huge preview that immediately updates when they make changes. ? Visual presets - instantly apply various styles to your paths with the new resolution-independent presets. View presets quickly and save your styles, contours, and gradients as preset libraries. ? Over a 100 visual style presets included With the Photoshop version of Path Styler Pro, users can also create refractive bevels that distort the background, create styles that remain editable after they apply the Path Styler Pro filter, and use document layers and alpha channels as bump maps, colour maps, or masks.

The Illustrator version of Path Styler Pro is a live effect that users can apply directly to path, compound path, and text objects. All parameters remain fully editable at all times and the effect automatically updates when they edit the path.



System Requirements:

Windows - Pentium II class processor, Microsoft Windows 98/2000/ME/XP, 64 MB or more of RAM, 800 x 600 colour monitor with 16-bit colour or greater video card

Macintosh - PowerPC processor, Mac OS System 9, or Mac OS X 10.1 or later, 64 MB or more of RAM, 800 x 600 colour monitor with 16-bit colour or greater video card, Path Styler Pro for Photoshop runs natively on Mac OS X, on Mac OS 9, and in the Classic Environment of Mac OS X.

Host Applications: Path Styler Pro for Photoshop requires Adobe Photoshop versions 6, 7, CS or CS2. Path Styler Pro does not run on Photoshop plug-in compatible host applications, such as Fireworks or Paint Shop Pro. Path Styler Pro for Illustrator requires Adobe Illustrator version 9, 10, CS or CS2.

Path Styler Pro for Photoshop or Illustrator are available now through XChange International for £59.00 each, or as a bundle for £76.00. To order, or for more information, users can visit www.xchangeuk.com, or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours. Email address is info@xchangeuk.com.

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