Plugin Galaxy 3 is a plugin for creating special effects and enhancing images with the help of 160 native filters and countless Filter Factory effects. It supports multiple CPU cores for fast rendering and can be used as a smart filter. Plugin Galaxy works under Windows in dozens of graphics applications including Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop Elements, PhotoPlus, Photo-Paint, and IrfanView. It supports 8bit and 16bit RGB and grayscale images.
New in Version 3
Version 3 of Plugin Galaxy renders up to twelve times faster. It now supports smart filtering, action recording and Filter Factory effects. 245 Filter Factory effects are already included with Plugin Galaxy and 3000 additional effects can be downloaded and imported. 45% of all native Plugin Galaxy effects produce a much smoother result. 5 new native effects (e.g. Anaglyph 3D, Outburst Shift), 9 new presets and various new effect options were added. The preview can now be zoomed up to 3200% and double clicking a slider label sets a default value. A new Skin feature imitates the user interface of Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and PaintShop Pro.
The Native Effects
Plugin Galaxy provides filters for transparency manipulation, blurring, texture and pattern generation, noise creation, mirroring and warping. It also includes metal, chrome, neon, pop art, glass, page curl, rainbow, sunshine, sunset and star effects and lets you enhance, colorize, add edges to your photos and even encrypt them. There are also effects like feedbacks, grids or zooming. Additionally Plugin Galaxy includes presets for creating fire, rain, snow, water surface, metallic text, contrast and frame effects as well as rendering cosmic scenes.
Filter Factory Support
Plugin Galaxy 3 offers 245 Filter Factory effects and lets you import 3000 more effects, which can be downloaded from the web. Plugin Galaxy renders these filter effects with a higher quality than any other Filter Factory engine by using bicubic interpolation and floating point precision and makes sure that they produce the same effect independent of the image size. You can also apply Filter Factory effects to 16-bit images in 64-bit applications as well as stack stack multiple filters as effect layers and save them as a preset. Blending the effects with the original image according to 20 different blending modes and adjusting their brightness is possible too.
All Plugin Galaxy effects are accessible from a single dialog. Thousands of potential effects can be created with the help of sliders, check boxes, color boxes, preview coordinates and blend modes. The Play button generates random animations in the preview for exploring the possibilities of all effects and the Jump button produces random filter settings. With the Layers feature you can also apply multiple effects to the image without leaving the Plugin Galaxy dialog. Additionally you can save layers including their filter settings as preset files and open them for later use. 490 presets are already included with Plugin Galaxy. Many Plugin Galaxy effects also affect the transparency of image layers which offers further possibilities.
For Beginners as well as Experts
Plugin Galaxy offers four modes for adjusting the effects from the simple Novice Mode to the sophisticated Expert Mode. The Classic Mode is very similar to the previous version of Plugin Galaxy and the Manual Mode makes all essential controls available without switching between tab sheets. You can also apply the same effect to a large number of images by batch processing them in Cloak Mode.
What Makes It Special
Unlike many other effect collections you can select all Plugin Galaxy effects from a single dialog and apply multiple effects without leaving the plugin, which saves a lot of time. The Play and Jump Buttons can give you new effect ideas with the help of random settings. 160 native and tousands of Filter Factory effects can be used to create unlimited effect variations with the help of various controls and by combining the effects with each other. All in all, Plugin Galaxy also offers many useful effects and features in a package with a low price.