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Nature and Particle Effects Software and Plugins

Windows and Macintosh special effects software and plugin filters for generating natural elements, lighting effects, and particle effects. Particle effects are special effects where an object is generated repeatedly in different shapes, sizes, colors, and rotations. These plugins will help you add artificial snow, icicles, water, lighting, stars, nebulas, reflections, lens flares, sparkles, glows, flares, auroras, glitter, fire, droplets, smoke, sparks, bubbles, fog, lightning, and more to your images. Also includes image spray type plugins for spraying or stamping photo objects onto a canvas in randomly repeating brush strokes (similar to Paint Shop Pro's Picture Tubes).

Light Artist (Win)
Light Artist allows users to quickly and easily create realistic lighting effects by adding and modifying light sources and changing the surface qualities of digital photos.

AKVIS NatureArt (Win)
"AKVIS NatureArt is a program for imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos. It also allows creating nature sceneries from the scratch converting a blank sheet into a sea view or a night sky with scattered stars. Available as a Photoshop plug-in and as a stand-alone application."

Aurora (Win/Mac)
[Plug-in] Allows Photoshop users to add natural elements (skies, water, light, etc.) to any 2D image to enhance an existing picture or create new content from scratch. Works with PhotoShop 6.0, 7.0 or higher.

Flood (Win/Mac)
[Plug-in] Add rippling, watery reflections with control over waves, ripples, and perspective. Turn any image into a waterscape. $20 US.

Glitterato (Win/Mac)
[Plug-in] "Create stars and nebulas with lots of realism and little fuss." $20 US.

LunarCell (Win/Mac)
[Plug-in] Create detailed planets and strange worlds instantly. $20 US

Novamatic 2000 (Win)
[Standalone] The free stand-alone software creates nova effects such as flares, suns and stars on BMP images. Postcardware.

PhotoLight (Win/Mac)
[Plug-in] Generate realistic photographic lighting effects.

PhotoSpray (Win/Mac)
[Plug-in] Spray pictures on top of any RGB images or layers in Photoshop, Photo-Paint, Illustrator, or Freehand.

SolarCell (Win/Mac)
[Plug-in] Design suns and stars with controls for coronal flares, deffraction spikes, sun surface detail, halo, and rainbow effects.

Terragen (Win/Mac)
"Terragen is a work-in-progress scenery generator for Windows and the Mac OS. At this stage of its development, Terragen is free for personal non-commercial use."

Water Reflections (Win)
"Sqirlz Water Reflections is a way of adding a pool of water to any image. Choose from a variety of ripples, and control details such as wave size and perspective. The pool can be of any shape. Animations can be saved as Macromedia Flash (SWF) files, and AVI video clips." Freeware

Universe Image Creator (Win)
[Standalone or plug-in] "Create realistic images of deep space. First, create your star field and then add nebula, stars, vortex, lens flares, planets, and now galaxies." Shareware - $24.95 US for stand-alone version. A Photoshop-compatible plug-in version is also available for $29.95 US.

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