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Plug-in Play (Last part of a series)

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By Neil Garcia

Turning a dull scenario into a scene that could have been photographed in Wonderland, Narnia, or Oz, the Auto FX Product Line Bundle Gen 1 includes seven individual plug-ins that are specially developed for photographers and artists who are not afraid to push their imagination and photography to the limits.

Offering more than basic photo editing options, the Auto FX plug-ins are designed to do almost anything, even logo making and digital painting. Depending on the plug-in used, photographs can be turned into readymade artworks with distinct visual appeal, from surrealistic landscapes with a mystical appeal to movie-inspired scenarios that border on the fantastic and the imaginary.

  • PRODUCT SPECS System Mac OS X 10.5 / PPC or Intel OS / Windows XP+ /
    2GB memory, 2GB RAM Application Adobe Photoshop CS+ / Adobe Photoshop
    Elements 8+ / Corel Painter X3 / Corel PSP X5+ (32-bit) / Corel Draw X4+ (32-bit)ImageJPEG / TIFF and PSD (via Photoshop)Price499 USD (Product Line Bundle Gen1) /129–249 USD (individual purchase) /www.autofx.com

  • With Auto FX’s mystical lighting effects, light can be manipulated easily, such as the spotlights playfully added to this image.

  • Making use of the ‘oil impressionism’ effect in Dreamsuite Ultimate, a photo easily turns into an artwork with expressive brush strokes.

  • Most of the effects and adjustments can be accessed on the topmost part and the left panel of the user interface, while the individual palettes can be moved around to create room when adjusting the T-paths.

    OUTSTANDING FEATURES

    Mystical Lighting & Ambiance Gen 1

    Taking cue from the literal meaning of photography, this plug-in allows photographers and digital artists to draw with light, making it easy to brush over areas in a photograph where light is needed. In addition, it allows users to manipulate atmospheric conditions in photographs, such as snow, mist, rain, flare, and haze and fog.

    Dreamsuite Ultimate Gen 1

    Jam-packed with different artistic, graphic, and photo effects, this plug-in is the go-to software for turning a photograph into a digital canvas, letting users create illustrations and digital paintings from photographs in no time.

    RECOMMENDED FOR

    These set of Auto FX plug-ins are a sweet treat for the creative and imaginative eye. Digital artists and illustrators who frequently reference photographs in their works can now mimic the look and feel of traditional fine art mediums in creating their digital masterpieces.

    Similarly, photographers who want to explore the territory of photo illustration and creatively combine it with the discipline of photography will have a lot of artistic options in the Auto FX lineup, while those who want to add a mystical or fantasy look to portraits and landscapes may find the Auto FX plug-ins helpful in creating different artistic effects, such as flares and hard-to-do light beams, in just a couple of clicks.

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