Picutel Smart Resize is a Photoshop plugin (only Windows supported for now) for advanced resizing of photos. Unlike ordinary resizing, Smart Resize can change the proportions (aspect ratio) of an image without introducing artifacts such as unnaturally tall or short people. This is accomplished by only rescaling the least interesting or important regions of the photo, leaving the more interesting regions untouched.

An example can be seen in the following video. At the top smart resizing is used, while ordinary resizing is shown at the bottom:



I’ve tested this plug-in with the following image:




Photoshop ResizeI resized the image in Photoshop with Image/Resize, deselected Constrain Proportions and lowered the width from 500 to 300 pixels.

As you can see, the main subject is distorted.










Smart ResizeI used the same original, but this time I resized with Picutel Smart Resize after making a selection around the girl first.

This time no distortion of the main subject. Slight distortions in the background can be easily corrected with cloning, but wait…. there is more.










Smart Resize ExtraYou can even take it a step further and make multiple selections. In this example I included the big roll of hay in the background in my selection:












It doesn’t happen so often that you come across a plug-in that is actually useful. It’s not the ultimate solution, because in some cases you still need to do some cloning in the background, but regardless of this it’s still an impressive product and I’m looking forward to future developments.

Digital-MakeoversPhotoshoproadmap has collected for you some links to great makeover techniques and plugins.

Check it out here.

Enrique at Photoshoproadmap has listed 5 plugins with a unique approach/concept:

- Altia PhotoProto
- Filter Forge (already discussed in two of my previous blog entries)
- AVBros. PageCurl Pro
- Knoll Light Factory
- Digital Element Verdant

Check it out at Photoshoproadmap.


Filter Forge textureEnrique Flouret of The Photoshop Roadmap, who also wrote the tutorial “Rendering a map using relief shading technique” that I mentioned in the blog about a week ago, released a very detailed tutorial that explains how to use the Filter Forge Photoshop plug-in to create a wet and muddy rocks texture.

For those who are unfamiliar with this plug-in; the Lunacore blog mentioned this excellent plug-in about 3 months ago: Filter Forge Photoshop plug-in.

Filter Forge in action

ImageSynthImageSynth is advanced technology that works within Adobe PhotoShop for creating seamless textures and for creating high resolution images from low resolution sources using advanced image synthesis algorithms. Hence the name!
imageSynth is included FREE with every purchase of modo. And now you can buy it standalone.

Developed in conjunction with the smart people at Allegorithmic, the imageSynth plug-in is a powerful ally to Adobe PhotoShop for anyone wanting to create seamless tiling textures. The plug-in is simple to use and rewards experimentation. You can use imageSynth from Luxology to create an unlimited number of creative new images based upon simple seed images that you choose from your collection. The resulting images are unique, and will tile seamlessly, making them ideal for use as backgrounds, brushes or texture maps. You can also take a low resolution image source and use it to generate a high resolution image that is based upon. This is a very powerful tool providing a myriad of creative solutions.

Fire 3
Fire3 by is a unique tool for creating fire. Fire3 allows you to add fire to different objects, layers or selected areas. It can also create various transition effects.

Moire Pattern RemovalThe free Fourier Transform plug-in (only for Windows) has been designed to make filtering in the frequency domain available for free.

It uses one of the fastest implementations of the Discrete Fourier Transform and has many applications, such as:

- Separating or removing periodical patterns.
- Analyzing and enhancing certain periodical patterns.

Remove Moire from Color Image
The plug-in is developed mainly for B&W images but also works well with some color images after using this little Lunacore trick:

- open image that needs to be fixed
- duplicate image (image/duplicate)
- apply FT filter to the original image
- drag/drop the duplicate with the mouse (while holding down the shift key) to the current document
- use filter/noise/median to blur this color image until pattern disappears
- set blending mode of this layer to color

Filter ForgeThe Filter Forge plugin-in can produce textures and effects like organic metallic and rocky surfaces, structures, abstract textures, repeating patterns, distortions, color corrections and more.

All filters are adjustable and editable, resolution-independent, seamlessly tiled and support real-world HDRI lighting. Also, filters can automatically generate diffuse, bump, specular and normal maps, which makes Filter Forge an essential tool for artists creating 3D models and environments, architectural visualization and high-end game content.

The main feature in Filter Forge is the Filter Editor, a visual node-based environment allowing users to build custom filters without writing a single line of code.

Another major feature is the Filter Library, a free online repository of user-created filters to which anyone can contribute. It makes Filter Forge immediately useful for anyone who has no time to learn the Filter Editor.

There is support for multi-core processors, 32-bit and large images, up to 32,000-32,000 pixels.

The beta (Windows) version of Filter Forge is available at upon registration and approval.
The OS X version for both Intel and PowerPC processors is in development. The final commercial version will be priced between $200 and $300 and is planned for release this fall.

Filter Forge Examples

SharptypeMicroworld Sharptype is a filter plug-in for Photoshop which generates clear type at small point sizes in Photoshop. Sharptype creates a sharper type than the built-in Photoshop engine, which will improve readability.

Photoshop CS2Adobe has released the Disable VM Buffering plug-in for Mac users, which can be installed to eliminate pauses during painting on Macintosh machines with more than 4GB of memory.

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