Digital Anarchy Launches Anarchy
Toolbox for a Variety of Sophisticated Effects in Adobe After Effects
Nine New Filters to Create Interesting Blurs, Beautiful Glows, and Seamless Tiling
San Francisco, CA July 15, 2003
Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of cost-effective special effects
software for Adobe, Apple and Discreet products,
today announced the availability of Anarchy Toolbox for After Effects.
Anarchy Toolbox is a set of nine tools for creating a wide variety
of sophisticated effects including creative blurs, beautiful glows,
controlled distortions, seamlessly tiled images, warped graphics,
Many of Anarchy Toolbox’s new filters make use of grayscale
images and paths to achieve added effects and increased flexibility.
Using these outside sources to control the effects allows users
to easily work with other motion graphic elements or animation sequences,
resulting in seamlessly composited effects with minimum effort.
“Using grayscale images and paths to control effects is
a powerful, but underused method,” said Jim Tierney, president
and founder of Digital Anarchy. “Adding this type of functionality
to Anarchy Toolbox greatly expands the possibilities of the filters
and gives designers a whole new level of control and flexibility.”
Nine Practical & Creative Tools.
There are nince tools in the Anarchy Toolbox set.
- Anarchist Edge produces glowing, painterly edge effects. It
finds areas of contrasting colors and creates lines along the borders
of those areas. The controls combined with the built-in transfer
modes allow for the creation of many light and paint effects.
- Designer Blur is a new way of creating blurs. It creates a blur
effect using a pre-defined or user definable shape. As the underlying
image blurs, the pixels takes on the ‘blur kernel’ shape,
which then blends with the other shapes around it. This produces
a variety of effects that range from subtle, painterly effects to
abstract blends of shape and color.
- Path Distort allows you to distort an image in the shape of
a Bezier path. The image will warp and bend to follow the shape
of the path as the image moves along it, or the Bezier path is animated.
This provides an easy, quick way of creating all sorts of distortions
that would be difficult to achieve otherwise.
- Gradient Path allows you to wrap a gradient around a Bezier
path. You can easily create glows and custom color and light effects
around masks, improved control for using mattes, backgrounds based
on mask shapes, and custom grayscale maps for other filters (e.g.
Digital Anarchy’s new Designer Blur).
- Noise Complex is a noise filter with a variable frame rate,
and a compound effect can be created using grayscale images to control
the amount of noise. Another powerful use for this filter, is to
use it as a source layer for other effects that need a random but
- Smooth Tiler seamlessly tiles images that were not designed
to seamlessly tile. Many controls are provided for blending the
original with itself, producing a seamless repeating pattern. The
blend controls also offer ways to create interesting kaleidoscope
- ReSizer provides a dozen different algorithms for intelligently
resizing footage and images, so you are no longer limited to Draft
and Best Quality when scaling up an image or footage. Use the different
re-sampling methods to find the cleanest way to scale images.
- Advanced Displacement Map gives you unlimited flexibility for
creating displacement effects. You can combine up to three different
grayscale maps to create distortions or stunning natural effects.
The filter offers you a great deal of control over the maps allowing
you to blur, scale, adjust the contrast, and combine them. There
are also a variety of ways to deal with edges, which quite often
result in artifacts when creating displacement effects.
- Color Sampler allows you to sample an image or footage and
returns the color of the pixels at the sample location. This provides
an easy way of using expressions to control other parameters based
on an image’s color.
Pricing & Availability.
The Anarchy Toolbox is available now for a special introductory
price of USD $129. It will retail for $149 regularly. The plugin
set is compatible with Adobe After Effects 4.1 and higher. For more
information, demo filters, and sample movies, visit Digital Anarchy’s
Web site at www.digitalanarchy.com.
About Digital Anarchy.
Digital Anarchy is a privately owned company operating out
of San Francisco, CA. Digital Anarchy® is devoted to creating
high end and high quality software products for broadcast designers
in television and film. These products solve a wide range of problems
that face designers, from creating text effects and background elements
to the addition of lighting effects in 2D compositing applications.
The products work in conjunction with a wide range of products from
companies like Adobe, Discreet, and Apple.
Digital Anarchy is a registered trademark of Digital Anarchy Inc.
All other brand names, product names, service marks, or trademarks
belong to their respective holders.
Heidi Lowell, (503) 796-9822, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scotti McGowan, (503) 796-9822, email@example.com
120 Pierce St., Suite 10
San Francisco, CA 94117