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Have You Tried Pixel Bender Yet?

There is a simple, yet cool new plug-in that is available over at the Adobe Labs site. It is called Pixel Bender and it is a collection of image altering effects that can yield some rather interesting effects. All of us here at NAPP HQ have all been taken by this simple little feature. Pictured here is a cool example from Dave Cross after he experimented with the oil painting filter. The cool part is that this plug-in is free! Now, does it solve any real world issues? Not necessarily, but it certainly is a lot of fun to play around with.

If you really want to get ambitious you can also download the Pixel Bender Toolkit. Which allows you to create your own filter effects to be used in the plug-in. There is also the Pixel Bender Exchange where you can download filters developed by other users. For such a simple thing, seems like there is a lot going on with it. Click here to learn more and get it now.

Posted by Corey Barker

Corey is an education and curriculum developer for KelbyOne. He is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, with a degree in Illustration. Over the years, Corey has worked as a graphic artist in a variety of disciplines such as illustration, commercial design, large format printing, motion graphics, web design and photography. His expertise in Photoshop and Illustrator have earned him numerous awards in illustration, graphic design and photography. Using Photoshop since version 2, his expertise and creativity have evolved exponentially with every new version, which makes Corey an invaluable addition to the KelbyOne team.

12 comments on “Have You Tried Pixel Bender Yet?

  1. Hey Cory!! No I have not. I followed the tutorial on how to install it in CS5 and it doesn’t seem to want to work…. If you guys could maybe post something on how to install it that would be awesome! You guys rock!

  2. I downloaded the toolkit when it was featured on Photoshop User TV, and I agree, I really like the oil painting feature. One issue with it though- I find that on my Mac I have to uncheck the ‘process on GPU’ box, otherwise I consistently get some ugly green, purple and black images. Unfortunately then, it takes forever to run; and I’m running Snow Leopard 10.6.4 with Photoshop CS5 Extended in 64 bit mode. Any ideas on where the problem lies?

  3. What effect was used on the photograph of the farmer? That’s a great effect but I can’t find it anywhere on Adobe’s site. Please link. Thanks.