I’m pleased to announce that the Pixel Bender Gallery plug-in for Photoshop CS5 is now available for download from Adobe Labs. Key points:
- It runs filters really, really fast on your graphics card (GPU)
- The plug-in is not one filter, but rather a harness into which you can drop Pixel Bender files (.PBK and .PBG)
- Pixel Bender also runs cross-platform in After Effects & Flash Player 10
- The filters people write for Flash will also work in Photoshop
In addition, the plug-in now includes a very cool Oil Paint filter that produces some painterly results (see this pair of screenshots), nicely complementing all the painting enhancements in Photoshop CS5.
The plug-in is essentially the same as the version that was available for CS4, but it has been revised for CS5 & 64-bit Mac compatibility. Here’s a one-minute demo movie that shows the plug-in in action. You can download additional filters from the Pixel Bender Exchange, discuss PB authoring in the user forum, and use the Pixel Bender Toolkit to create your own filters.