Plugin Galaxy 2 is a plugin for creating special effects and enhancing images with the help of more than 160 basic effects. Compatible with dozens of graphics applications including Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop Elements, PhotoPlus, Photo-Paint, IrfanView and PhotoImpact, it 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.
Plugin Galaxy 2 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 and the effects are accessible from a single dialog.
The Play button generates random animations in the preview for exploring the possibilities of the 160+ main 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 filter settings as preset files and open them for later use. 400 presets are already included with Plugin Galaxy. Many Plugin Galaxy effects also affect the transparency of image layers, which offers further possibilities.
Version 2 of Plugin Galaxy is only available for Windows at the moment (also compatible with Windows Vista), while the Version 2 for MacOS X is planned. Price: $69.95 (Regular License) or $39.95 (Academic/Educational License). It can be purchased at http://www.thepluginsite.com/products/plugingalaxy/. A demo version with a few free effects is available for users to try out.
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