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guyanonymous
04-03-2009, 08:59 PM
I was peeking in on the Filter Forge website to see what was new. I'm still trying to decide whether or not it's worth the money. I happen to want the top end version, simply because of the hi-res output. Limitations like that bother me.

Anyway, I saw a couple new textures that I thought might be interesting for mappers and decided to share.

Countries:
http://www.filterforge.com/filters/7140.html

Suburbia:
http://www.filterforge.com/filters/6635.html

A few old ones that are useful:
http://www.filterforge.com/filters/search.html?q=cartography&h=r
http://www.filterforge.com/filters/search.html?q=planet&h=r
http://www.filterforge.com/filters/6320.html

And there are a LOT of texture makers for different types of terrain, some better than others.

Ascension
04-03-2009, 10:14 PM
Holy shnikes that suburbia filter looks like it rocks. Excellent find and man I gotta have this.

guyanonymous
04-03-2009, 10:34 PM
Filter Forge is a totally programmable environment too - all those are made by users - and I think they are all fully editable by users as well.

guyanonymous
04-03-2009, 10:34 PM
And you can make any of them (well, that makes sense to) seamless tiles with the click of a switch.

Ascension
04-03-2009, 10:45 PM
I had a looksee at Suburbia...seems all you can do is change colors and lighting, still pretty cool tho. Terraformer 2 looks pretty good but a lot of these things look like they're best used for pattern generation or image effects. A couple of decent parchment things as well.

icosahedron
04-04-2009, 11:52 AM
Ok, anyone volunteering to reproduce 'Suburbia' for Gimp?
Something similar called 'High Rise' would be great. too. It's way out of my league to make anything like that, but I could definitely use it...

RPMiller
04-04-2009, 02:19 PM
Ok, anyone volunteering to reproduce 'Suburbia' for Gimp?
Something similar called 'High Rise' would be great. too. It's way out of my league to make anything like that, but I could definitely use it...
As could I. I am forever searching for modern stuff. There is a total glut of fantasy stuff out there and those of us that play modern genres are left with few options.

Kingbreaker
04-04-2009, 03:01 PM
FF also has lots of filters that can be useful in creative photo-realistic effects for a trompe l'oeil object or two on the map, like a compass rose perhaps. Lots of good glass and metal filters, and some worn paper generators too.

RobA
04-04-2009, 03:17 PM
You could use Chris Colefax's citygen include file for povray , with an orthogonal overhead camera....

http://www.geocities.com/ccolefax/citygen.html

-Rob A>

Sir Alain
04-04-2009, 06:47 PM
Ok, anyone volunteering to reproduce 'Suburbia' for Gimp?
Something similar called 'High Rise' would be great. too. It's way out of my league to make anything like that, but I could definitely use it...

Might work in GIMP with the PSPI plugin. I have it, and I can run both Super Blade Pro and Eye Candy 4000...

icosahedron
04-05-2009, 06:23 AM
As could I. I am forever searching for modern stuff. There is a total glut of fantasy stuff out there and those of us that play modern genres are left with few options.

Too right. Top-down modern buildings seem to be a non-starter. :(

Maybe we should start a sticky thread for modern textures/links. Not that I'd have much to put in it yet...

ravells
04-06-2009, 08:08 PM
Filter forge is amazing. Thanks for the link guy! I really want it....

guyanonymous
04-06-2009, 08:58 PM
If you buy it, see if you can say I referred you! Maybe they'll give me a free copy ;) I can't quite justify it yet, no matter how much I'd like to.

ravells
04-07-2009, 09:17 AM
I'm not sure I can justify it either. It's also quite slow on my machine...but the thought of being able to make my own filters sounds just too good to resist!

Steel General
04-07-2009, 01:28 PM
Yeah, I wish I had the $$$ available to buy this too.

RPMiller
04-08-2009, 01:27 PM
They used to have a special deal with FF, I don't have the time to go check to see if it is still on, but basically if you downloaded the free version, make a filter that gets downloaded a bunch of times, you get a free full version of FF. You guys are talented enough, you might be able to do that. Assuming that the deal is still there.

ravells
04-08-2009, 01:37 PM
The deal is still there - you need to make 3 filters to get the product free. Some of the filters are incredibly slow though, so my initial shine to it has palled a bit!

guyanonymous
04-01-2010, 01:01 AM
For those that did pick up filter forge and have experimented with it...

I was wondering if it might be possible to take several different brushes and place them randomly in an area while avoiding the edge of your selection. This may allow you to select your area for, perhaps, a forest within photoshop and apply a random forest pattern. Of course you could also generate huge random tiles to use when painting your areas as well.

Anyway, just thought I'd raise this as a possible way to get those randomly created textures using brushes.