Filter Forge Releases Free Adobe Photoshop Plugin for Pattern Effects

The plugin includes filters that can generate a variety of patterns and backgrounds.

What sets Filter Forge apart from other texture-generation tools is that it allows users to create new Photoshop filters for the generation of seamless textures, visual effects, distortions, patterns, backgrounds and frames. Filter effects are adjustable and editable, seamlessly tiled, resolution-independent and support real-world HDRI lighting. They can also generate diffuse, specular, bump and normal maps, essential for the creation of realistic textures.

The plugin is used by graphics pros, game studios, design agencies, photographers, and even the US military, which apparently used Filter Forge to design camouflage patterns. Those using the plugin have access to a library of more than 7,000 free textures and can receive a free copy of the plugin if a texture they create becomes popular with other users.

Those without a copy of Filter Forge can still experience some of its capabilities, however. Freepacks are free Photoshop plugins based on the technology used in Filter Forge and are capable of generating seamlessly-tiled textures with professional-grade anti-aliasing. The Metals, Photo Effects, Frames, Hearts and Distortions collections have now been extended with Patterns, which provides nine effect filters, each of which can generate patterns and backgrounds, including seamless and resolution-independet tartan, ripples, wrapping paper and pins.

Freepack 6 - Patterns for Mac and Windows is available for free download on the Filter Forge site. A free download of the beta version of Filter Forge 3 is also available.