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Texture Maker

Type of Program: Graphics Editor
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98/2000/ME
Company/Authors Name: R.S.E - Tobias Reichert
Version: 2.5
Price: $69.00


Just about any place you look you will see some type of textures. Whether it is on the Web, in a game or in real life. Our world around us is made up of textures. Now, creating those textures can be another thing and especially getting them to be seamless! Texture Maker is what you will need if you want to make them (the textures), and if you really want them to be unique and spectacular!

Texture Maker may be simple by name but it can generate an endless amount of any type of textures you desire. Normally when you create a texture you might have to use some overly expensive program that was never intended to do this task. With Texture Maker you can create the texture as simple as you 'd like or get as complex as you'd like. Texture Maker allows you to not only be able to make the texture but also makes them seamless!

So where would you need textures or why would you need Texture Maker? Just look around the Web and you'll see them just about everywhere. Those backgrounds you see are textures, those backgrounds within tables are textures, many of those 3D models have been textured, and, well, you get it by now. If you want you could buy "packs" of textures in some sort of CD bundle. But why bother when you can create them yourself? I mean, that's half the fun isn't it? With Texture Maker you can start with an empty texture and start adding any of the numerous predefined scripts in order to design your texture. You could also take your favorite image, grab a section of that image and create a texture.

Although Texture Maker does come with many predefined scripts, don't let those stop you from creating your own. Once you've become familiar with Texture Maker enough you can, if desired start creating your very own. Scripts in Texture Maker can be thought of as a "shortcut or macro." In reality they are functions. So instead of making several clicks when adding embossing, seams, gradients, etc. just issue a script and it's done! At first glance in looking at the Scripts I thought it was rather complicated. But after working with Texture Maker for a few days I soon found that making my own Scripts was fairly easy. You see, when you create textures in Texture Maker you simply click on the many various functions, which in and by themselves are Scripts. So after you've made several textures by clicking on these functions you will soon see how you can create your own Scripts for use later. Scripts can be complete sequences that make up any type of texture where you can use them over and over again.

If you don't want to use the Scripts feel free to use the many other editor tools at your command. Tools such as the gradient squares where you can draw any amount of squares. Try the freehand pen to see some very unique designs or the sprite tool. Many of the tools allow you to set the color, alpha channels, opacity maps and more! You'll soon see the many great features in Texture Maker once you start using it and wonder how you ever got along without it, especially if you design 3D models or Web pages!

So the next time you really want to design some fantastic looking textures Texture Maker deserves a good look. Instead of scouring the Web for textures or purchasing textures, Texture Maker gives you all the control you'll need to make your own! The interface is really great to work within, everything is easy to get to when designing textures, and support is great. Bottom line: I really recommend Texture Maker if you work with Web pages or 3D models!

User Friendly
Ease of Installation
Reviewed by Robert Hall

Purchases can be made online from their Web site.

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