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Inside Photoshop® CS by Christian Verhoeven, Dave Huss, Gary Kubicek, Mara Zebest, Gary David Bouton

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Exploring the World of Third-Party Filters

Before we begin, I need to state that I have loaded and regularly use all the third-party filters you are going to see. I recommend them for what they can do and can mean to your work; however, I use some filters that I will not show off in this section, specifically KPT 3, 5, and 6, and XAOS|tools.

Having said this, let's look at some of the exciting offerings that third-party vendors have brought to the creative table.

Digital Element's Aurora

At the time of this writing, Digital Element has just released version 2 of Aurora, a background-generating program. It is not simply a cloud-making program: Aurora can write clouds of many different types (including the much-sought-after cumulus) “between” layers, ...

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