Where You Can Get Plug-ins

As I said earlier, some filters are included with Paint Shop Pro, and others are available from third parties. Most, if not all, of the companies that write plug-ins are on the Web, and some offer free demos of their plug-ins.

Plug-ins range from free (or nearly free) to shareware (priced from $15 to $25) to commercial products (priced from $50 to $200 or more).

The Web addresses of several companies mentioned in this chapter follow:

  • Alien Skin at http://www.alienskin.com. Alien Skin makes the very popular Eye Candy plug-in.

  • Auto F/X at http://www.autofx.com. Auto F/X makes plug-ins such as Page Edges, Photo/Graphic Edges, Typo/Graphic Edges, The Ultimate Texture Collection, and more.

  • Flaming Pear at http://www.flamingpear.com/. Flaming Pear is the creator of BladePro, a relatively new but increasingly popular plug-in that enables you to add textures and bevels to objects.

  • MetaCreations at http:www.metacreations.com. MetaCreations, widely known for its 2D and 3D imaging products, also produces Kai's Power Tools (KPT). KPT is a collection of awesome filters that enable you to create gradients and textures and manipulate images.

  • Wacom at http://www.wacom.com. If you're lucky enough to own a Wacom graphics tablet, you should also have a copy of PenTools. This product, which ships with every tablet from Wacom , offers a collection of cool effects that work with your pen and tablet.

I won't cover all the filters available on the market (there are just too many, with more coming to market weekly, it seems). Whole books could be written on the subject. I won't even cover each separate filter in any given package (again, there are just too many). However, I will show you some of my favorites, give you an idea of how to use them, and suggest what you can accomplish with them.

Sams Teach Yourself Internet and Web Basics All in One
Sams Teach Yourself Internet and Web Basics All in One
ISBN: 0672325330
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 350
Authors: Ned Snell

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