by Kay Michael Kuhnlein
Here we have a plugin which you can actually only describe by superlatives, because the features break all moulds. But let´s start from the beginning.
NO is my answer, you can simply be grateful to the programmers that you have the option of making the window disappear into nirvana.
To get back to my example above, the janitor is asking me now: ”Am I allowed to install a camera in each room to statistically gather where you spend the most time?” You will certainly guess that my answer here is again NO!
It does not matter at all, what you would like to do with your foto, Filter Forge offers you a solution. There are 9385 (no misprint) available for that.
The neat canvas of FILTER FORGE
Of course not all of the 9385 filters are uploaded on your hard disc during installation, but only a part of it, distributed to the according styles. In the upper left part are the topic areas for the filter groups, to the right of them is the listing of the directed filters with thumbnails. If one of the filters is marked, the existing presets as well as a “default” setting is shown in the lower left part.
In addition to that you have the option of adjusting the effect of the filter selected before to your personal preferences by the tab sheet “settings”.
To the right a high-format preview is displayed, on which you can even judge details of the selected effect very well.
Where are the 9385 filters and how can you get them on your computer?
Here you get to the 9385 filters
Above on the canvas you find the link. A mouse click and the magic box opens, do not get frightened, the selection is almost infinite.
Now you can select
You are almost at the finish
Actually hard to imagine that you do not find anything suitable with this offer, but should it nevertheless happen, there is still a solution.
In the highest right part on the canvas you find the button for “Filter Editor”. With this button you can change an existing filter or create a completely new filter just as you like. You do not need any special programmer skills for that, but only study the instruction/help – folder of the developer.
If you achieved something really great with this work, you should make your new filter accessible for the general public through the website of Filter Forge. This is explicitly desired. Under certain circumstances you are even allowed to download a free version of the plugin for that. Please do understand that I am not able to extensively describe all details here, otherwise this is not going to be a review but an E-Book. If you are interested, please visit www.filterforge.com
Programming own new filters, without any programming skills
One after another I click on everything with a red margin.
You can experiment here if needed
Honour, to whom honour is due
The Ford Mustang in Grunge Look – let´s see whether my Ford dealer will grant me a somewhat higher discount now.
For the second example I chose a portrait – Photographer: Michael Bernigau.
Not an everyday photo, but an eyecatcher
Clipart works as well
At my last reviews I showed an example as well, how the presented
filters also achieve extraordinary results with completely usual
cliparts. It is almost funny that in most cases there are no examples
for that on the developers` websites.
A nice clipart, but as such noticeable at first sight.
This used to be a clipart, but who would immediately notice it?
The red marked settings were used
Enough with that, if you feel like it, then download a demo version from the website www.filterforge.com. Try and test the filters with different original images. This is the best way for you to see whether it is a “must have” for you.
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