So one of the things I saw demo-ed at Adobe max earlier this week was the new Pixel Bender plug-in for Photoshop CS4. The plug-in allows you to collect a bunch of very cool filter effects and access them through your Photoshop Filters menu. It’s pretty dang cool as you can see from my groovy effect (CircleSplash) applied to this photo from Monday’s keynote.
Yesterday, Adobe Principal PM John Nack talked all about it on his blog, and mentioned it’s now available for download from Adobe Labs. (By the way, once you’re there, unless you want to create these babies yourself, which makes me think you’re way geekier than I am, you’ll want to skip the Toolkit and scroll down to “Pixel Bender Plug-In for Photoshop CS4.”)
Notes from John:
- It runs filters really, really fast on your graphics card (GPU). (As John pointed out when he showed this in the ADIM session, make sure to click this checkbox in the filter dialog box in order to see the effects rendered at graphics card speed.—cw)
- The plug-in is not one filter, but rather a harness into which you can drop Pixel Bender files (.PBK and .PBG)
- Pixel Bender also runs cross-platform in After Effects CS4 & Flash Player 10
- The filters people write for Flash will also work in Photoshop
- We should therefore see an explosion in the number of new Photoshop filters becoming available.
Read John’s post here for more information (he’s even got a demo movie). There are twelve effects that come with the plug-in, and there are already a host of wild effects for download in the Pixel Bender Exchange. Check it out, dekePeeps!