cf/x alpha 2.0 - compose. design. create.
Since cf/x alpha's launch, professional photographers, illustrators, designers and enthusiasts around the world turn to this powerful toolbox for high quality image composition and design.
The new 2.0 release builds on alpha's existing strengths: its powerful composition engine, unique blending capabilities, stunning f/x, and powerful collage- and mosaic generators.
alpha 2.0 brings image composing to a new, unprecedented level. Take a brief look at the selection of existing and new features, the screenshots, or visit our website for more information. If you are a photographer, designer or illustrator we know you'll like it. A lot.
cf/x alpha -- Professional Image Composition
Not your usual image editor: unlike pixel editors, alpha is a powerful composition engine. You no longer edit individual pixels - you are now working with images. alpha's tools are crafted accordingly, and using them may require you to re-think image composition. We mean that in a GOOD way. Finally you can compose images the way you always wanted.
Templates, Templates, Templates
alpha 2.0 includes a wide array of professionally designed templates for 'Composite-' or 'Sed-Cards', Posters, Yearbooks, Postcards, Collages, etc. Use them to jump-start your own designs.
Of course you can also create your own styles and add them to your templates at the touch of a button.
This is one of alpha's signature features. It allows you to manipulate transparency like a text editor allows you to edit words: naturally. Use the built-in transparency managers to assemble images with complex transparency in real time.
Of course, cf/x alpha also natively supports external blend masks and transparency if you have them.
Image effects (f/x)
alpha features more than 80 non-destructive f/x that you can use to touch-up your source images, or apply to the myriad of different objects that alpha supports (e.g. text, panels, frames). All effects are high-quality, fully configurable, stackable, real-time, and buzzword-compliant.
High-Quality Render & Export your artwork
Once your composition is completed, render and export it (with transparency) to different dpi and file formats (PNG, JPG, PDF, BMP, TIFF, PSD, etc. - quality is only restricted by input sources).
alpha directly exports to iPhoto, Aperture, the desktop (background wallpaper) or the Preview.app, and can share via eMail or upload to flickr.
What is new in this release:
Template Manager and Prefab Templates:
alpha comes with over 50 ready-to-go professionally designed templates that make short work of routine designs. Better yet, you can convert your own designs into templates at the touch of a button.
alpha has gained new 'killer' functionality in the form of smart objects. These objects mostly behave like images in earlier versions of alpha, except much more so. New Objects include:
Smart Images: The image objects of old have gained interactive functionality and now can receive new images via drag & drop - without forgetting any f/x, blend or property assigned to them.
Smart Text: Text objects that behave just like images - you can add f/x to them, add blends, and alter properties. Furthermore, they support 'wildcard' autotext for real-time updates like output date, image name etc.
Geometric Objects: A host of different objects that you now can create in-App with almost limitless variety. Objects include lines, panels, triangles, frames, polygons etc.
Light Objects: three different classes of fully configurable light objects allow you to quickly add lighting effects to your compositions: Flashes, Lens Flares, Star Bursts.
Generators & Gradients: Two- and three-color gradients (fully configurable), both linear and radial, plus checkerboard and stripes pattern generators.
New Contact Sheet generator:
With the addition of smart text objects, the 'grid' generator of old has gained a bigger brother (something that's very difficult in the real world): Contact Sheet. This purpose-built generator takes any amount of images, lays them out, and adds a real-text smart legend in a matter of seconds.
We added 15 new high-quality effects, some of them unique - just try the 'BRT point' effect and tell us that you are not impressed. Since f/x can be applied to all objects (not just images), they are now on equal footing with alpha's other signature feature, blends.
Of course we have added new blends to alpha. Only two have made the cut, but these two stand out because they are of the 'Special' blend category: Perspective project and Photo Curl. Use the Photo Curl on text, and you'll see what we mean. Try that in any other app.
We updated the whole documentation. All 400+ pages. For you, we have included a 'Version 2' section to quickly get you started, and of course beefed up the tutorial/recipe section.
There's a lot of other stuff that has been going on under the hood. Stability enhancements. Compatibility enhancements (Lion anyone?). Most of it is arcane, and, honestly, by the time you read this you could already have downloaded and tried it out for yourself. Go head - make your day!
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