Alias|Wavefront has released Maya Paint Effects for After Effects. The set of plug-ins allows 3D paint tools similar to those found in the module for the animation package within Adobe’s compositing tool. Paint Effects allows users to paint organic shapes along masks, or bezier or motion paths. These animated paint strokes can take the shape of many forms of natural media including plants, fibres, glows, water and metal. The plug-ins run on Mac OS and Windows 98/NT/2000. They can be bought and downloaded online for $499 at and at Alias’ Web site, which is the first time that this has been available for an Alias product.