Am­berlight 2

Sur­real Sen­sa­tion Cre­ate cus­tomis­able and gor­geous ab­stract pat­terns at the click of a but­ton

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Reviews -

Now you can gen­er­ate cus­tomis­able and gor­geous ab­stract pat­terns at the click of a but­ton.

Am­berlight 2 is the lat­est it­er­a­tion of Am­berlight, from de­vel­oper Peter Blaškovic,ˇ the driv­ing force be­hind Es­cape Mo­tions’ prod­ucts.

At its core, Am­berlight is an app that en­ables you to gen­er­ate ab­stract pat­terns based on par­ti­cle field al­go­rithms that you can ma­nip­u­late, cre­at­ing weird, un­usual and of­ten gor­geous swirling pat­terns. Re­fresh­ingly, Am­berlight 2 is con­fi­dent enough about its al­lure that it doesn’t have any ex­tra fea­tures bolted on to try and in­crease ap­peal. It gen­er­ates beau­ti­ful im­agery and that’s it.

The ba­sic idea is you can con­trol up to 12 fields that can re­pel or at­tract thou­sands of par­ti­cles, and each par­ti­cle af­fects an­other one. Am­berlight makes it pos­si­ble to ma­nip­u­late the par­ti­cle ef­fects by al­ter­ing pa­ram­e­ters with each field in up to 5,000 steps, so you have plenty of op­tions for how your fi­nal ef­fect looks. There are mod­i­fiers, too, for adding vari­a­tions and waves.

Edit­ing the colours of the im­agery is sim­ple, with a slew of ap­peal­ing gra­di­ents to click that in­stantly ap­ply changes. You can also al­ter colours and choose whether or not to have the re­sults against a back­ground be­fore you ex­port them. There’s also a new Time­line panel that en­ables you to ma­nip­u­late the ef­fects with keyframes and play the an­i­ma­tion. You can save it ei­ther as a se­quence of im­ages in JPG, BMP or PNG files (with al­pha chan­nels) or as a video an­i­ma­tion in .mp4, .mov and .avi for­mats.

If you’re look­ing for some­thing to cre­ate gen­uinely unique sci-fi style ef­fects that could re­sem­ble an in­ter­spa­tial rift or an ethe­real neb­ula with ease, then Am­berlight 2 is for you.

Con­trol be­tween one and 12 fields si­mul­ta­ne­ously, each

im­pact­ing on the next, for some un­pre­dictable re­sults.

No need to dig around in menus for ages, all the con­trol op­tions are vis­i­ble on­screen within the UI.

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