Fractal Painter 5 adds brushes, effects, Web nous

Fractal Design today launched a new version of its flagship Painter paint and edit program as it gets ready for a new life with partner MetaTools.
Written by Martin Veitch, Contributor

With the MetaTools merger about to become official next month on top of last May's acquisition of 3D specialist Ray Dream, Fractal is becoming a powerful force in graphics tools but is keeping its eye on its crown jewels with a thorough upgrade and slashed price tag.

Painter 5 (£299, £79 upgrade) includes over 100 new plug-in brushes, new effects and Kodak's CMYK Colour Management System is integrated to ease quality output. Also new are Dynamic Floaters, plug-ins which perform processing effects including liquid metal (applying blobs of a substance that looks like mercury), burning and paper tearing. Fractal anticipates third-parties will follow up with their own plug-ins.

Other new features include a cleaner user interface, tear-off tools, Bevel World module for adding depth and dimension to objects, and support for GIF animations.

The Power Macintosh version of Painter 5 will be available in June with Windows to following in July. UK distribution is thgrough Principal.

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