Digital Anarchy has released two of its software products for use in Apple’s Aperture. Knoll Light Factory generates lighting effects that enhance the natural or man-made lighting in photographs. ToonIt Photo creates cartoon-like images from photographs. Both products are currently available for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
Knoll Light Factory is a powerful tool for enhancing stock photos, wedding/portrait photography, and landscape photography. The plug-in creates extremely realistic lens flares and other lighting effects, including sun rays, street lamps, headlights, candle flames, light rays, and glows. Light Factory has been used in many feature films and television shows, and was originally written by John Knoll, Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor at ILM, to create the Photon Torpedoes in Star Trek First Contact.
ToonIt Photo analyzes photographs and then creates flat regions of colour and outlines that produce a cel-shaded cartoon look. One of the key features of ToonIt is its ability to translate the details of the human face and form into a believable cartoon.
Both cost US$129 each (around £90), and are available for $99 (£68) each from until February 28, 2009. Owners of the Photoshop version of these plug-ins can purchase the Aperture versions for $49 (£35) each.
The products are available for Aperture 2.0 and higher. Both products run on Macintosh OS 10.4, 10.5 and higher, and are native to both Intel and PPC systems.