Fantastic Machines' Tile Tools
Type of Program: Plug in Filters for Graphics Editors
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98
Company Name: Fantastic Machines
Price: $39.95 U.S.
Installed Size: 2 MB
Tile Tools is a set of 21 Adobe PhotoShop-compatible plugin filters made especially for creating tileable images and textures. They have been tested for use with Adobe PhotoShop above 3.0.5, Jasc's Paint Shop Pro above 4.12, Image Explorer Pro 4, SPG ColorWorks 3.002, Ulead's Gif Animator 3, Corel Draw 8, and Fractal Design Painter 4.0.
The filters are: Blend emboss, Blob Carve 1, Blob Carve 2, Bricks Collage-Circular, Collage-Linear, Dilate, Distortion Carve 1, Distortion Carve 2, Distortion Swirl, Edge Glow, Lathe, Metalic Emboss, Offset Blur, Pattern Carve, Rectangle Carve, Roll Image, Saturation Emboss, Seamless Tile, Warp, and Wrinkle Emboss (their functions are pretty evident from their names). As with any plugin filter, they install into your paint program's plugins file.
The controls are very easy to understand and use, and the effects are outstanding. I very much enjoyed playing with these filters and discovering the many varied effects each will produce. The purchase price for this filter set is $39.95 U.S., a little pricey, but not outrageous as plugins go. While you're at the website looking over Tile Tools, download Fantastic Machine's Paint Engine Filter -- it's free and also very useful!
One more thing: The customer service at Fantastic Machines is awesome. I had some computer problems while reviewing the software (nothing to do with the software, more to do with an outdated, underpowered old dog computer). The support person I dealt with was very patient and understanding and did everything he could to help me out. To Reg Charlie, a big "Thank You" from a formerly frustrated SharewareJunkie!
Ease of Installation
Reviewed by Angelene
You can purchase the software on line through iBill. Further details can be obtained at the software's website,