Vectoraster by LostMinds
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Vectoraster by LostMinds Designing with Shapes


What becomes really interesting, is when you start to recognize the detail preservation that you can achieve when you dial in the parameters. SEE THE CLOSE UPS, then go back and look at the first image. Yes -I was able to preserve the freckles on my face!

And while it might be argued that my face is a good candidate for the line rasters, Vectoraster (with the same settings) does a great job with boxes too. Notice the specular highlight detail.

You can start to break up the uniformity of any populated point with some random ?effectors?.  The point transformation allows for a variation and range for those elements, even within Random calculations

COLOR.  The color values allow you to pick a primary fill color on the vector elements, or (the cool part), you can blend in colors from the source image.  Now, based on the values of the mixed colors that you choose, you can come up with an interesting random array of colors.  Obvious.
However, what?s really great is that the color is just a solid fill, and transfers with the vectors that you export as an EPS, so you can take the color image with you to Adobe Illustrator.

I?m not quite sure where it captures the color from on larger shape fills, but on a few tests, the samples that it used were really nice.

The values of base color, primary, and secondary image must add up to 100%.  If you can?t add three values together to equal 100, don?t worry.  It?s automated.

GO DEEPER.  There are so many values to modify, so many permutations of values and images that you can use, I can?t wait to see what the community comes up with.  Additionally, you can use it to support other design software. possibilities, possibilities.

plus, you can export to movies.... next test.

There are so many different values to dive into, it will take hours of use to scratch the surface of the variations that are possible with the software.  Download the software which is free to try out, and only $12 to upgrade from earlier versions.  If you don?t have it yet, it?s still only $32, which is cheaper than most plugins for any raster or vector design software you may be currently using.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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