Luxology has released imageSynth 2, the newest version its popular image processing tool. The company says that ImageSynth 2 features up to ten-times faster performance, allowing artists to quickly process existing images into new seamless textures, synthetic images and backgrounds, and generate super high-resolution images from low resolution sources.

imageSynth 2 is now available in both a new standalone version (below) and as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS3 (bottom) or CS4 on both Mac and Windows.

The imageSynth software allows users to quickly create a new synthetic image based on areas of interest that are identified in one or more source images. imageSynth can handle a wide range of image subjects, and Luxology says that it's especially useful when working with 'noisy' images such as crowds or beach pebbles. The royalty-free images that imageSynth creates are unique derivations and will tile together seamlessly, making them ideal for use as backgrounds, brushes or texture maps.

imageSynth 2 offers a new algorithm is threaded for use on dual-core systems, improved memory management for handling of larger scenes, and new control over chunk size and orientation.

imageSynth 2 costs US$99 (around £56). Existing imageSynth users can upgrade for $49 (£28).