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AlphaPlugins Engraver III plug-in for Adobe Photoshop

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EngraverIII
 

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Introduction

Engraver III plugin lets you turn any picture into an impressive old-style engraving with just a few mouse clicks. YOU are in control, just like the old masters. Edit the line widths, curve patterns, colors and tinges, add additional layers to simulate cross-hatching; even add noise and randomness to give your engraving the imperfections from an old printing press. Finish your engraving by choosing paper colors and textures. Once you find the perfect parameters for your engravings, Engraver III lets you save your settings for the next masterpiece.


What’s New

Faster processing:

The Engraver III plugin implements a new image-processing engine, which produces high quality images faster than previous versions. The rendering engine is powerful enough to let you work in a large preview size in high resolution with no effect on performance (important on Retina screens!).

Multilayer support:

The new version introduces multilayer support, which allows you to create an engraving with intersecting patterns, simulating more realistic and complex crosshatching. You can also experiment with parameters that creatively affect and blend the layers, with the results all shown in real time.

New patterns:

We’ve kept all the old geometric patterns and added even more in Engraver III, giving you a unique family of engraving effects not available in any other plugin.

Randomization features:

Old-fashioned engravings had imperfections, made by the engraver’s hands or by the printing process. The new randomization options let you add noise to the engraving lines, change line roughness, continuity and edges, or engraving line coverage of the image. All these imperfections make your engraving all the more unique.

Intuitive user interface:

We’ve worked hard to make the user interface of Engraver III powerful and easy to understand. We’ve made the Engraver III window resizable, and the Preview pane scalable. Parameters are also conveniently grouped by themes.

Powerful presets:

Engraver III’s power starts with its large set of factory parameters (grouped in subfolders for convenience). You can quickly explore plugin possibilities and features, and tune up settings as you go. And again, when you create a special setting you want to use again, it’s easy to save it!
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Installation and Registration
 

Windows OS Windows Installation.


Installing Engraver III is very easy.

  • Just download the EngraverIIIInstaller.exe file from here.

  • Launch this file and follow the instructions.

  • Exclamation If you have both 32bit and 64bit versions of Photoshop, then the installer will ask you which version of the Engraver III plug-in you would like to install: 32bit, or, 64bit.

  • Install Engraver III plug-in


  • During installation, choose to install in the Photoshop Plug-ins folder. The installer will then attempt to automatically detect this folder, and will offer the installation path variant that it finds; for example: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2014\Plug-ins. .

  • Install Engraver III plug-in


  • Click the Next button, and complete the installation.

Information To install the plug-in using an image editing program other than Photoshop, please consult the plug-in installation section in the user manual for whichever editor you have chosen.



 Macintosh OS Macintosh Installation.


When installing the Engraver III plug-in for Macintosh, our smart installer will locate the correct installation path for you — easily and automatically.

  • Just download the EngraverIIIInstaller.zip file from here.

  • then, unzip it.

  • Launch the EngraverIIIInstaller application and follow the instructions.

  • Select the proper volume where your Engraver III plug-in can be installed
  • Install Engraver III plug-in


  • And the Engraver III installer will search for the correct plug-in folder for Adobe Photoshop CC, CS6, CS5, CS4, CS3, or CS2 before offering to install at that location. If you agree, then this is where Engraver III will be installed. If you disagree, then the installer will continue to search for another appropriate folder. If no suitable folder is found, you can still manually choose the plug-in folder where Engraver III will be installed. You can, for instance, manually choose to install at /Application/Adobe Photoshop CC 2014/Plug-ins — or any other appropriate folder of your choice.

  • Install Engraver III plug-in


  • Click the "Next" button and all the necessary files will be installed in the chosen folder.

Information To install the plug-in in Adobe Photoshop Elements, locate the plug-in folder specifically for that image editor.


Registration

You will automatically receive the serial number for your copy of Engraver III immediately following your purchase. There are two ways that you can register your copy of the Engraver III plug-in: Online, and Offline.

Online Registration.

If you are connected to the Internet, then Online registration is the simplest way to register your copy of plug-in. After launching Engraver III, you will see a registration dialogue box. Just select the Online registration option; insert your name; enter the serial number you received; and, click the Register button. The Engraver III plug-in will automatically connect with our registration server to complete the registration process, sending you a confirmation message that the registration of your plug-in has been successful. Then, just click the Close button — registration is complete, and you are ready to use your new Engraver III plug-in!

Information If you are currently operating with an Internet firewall in place, it is recommended that you switch it off temporarily during the registration process.

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Offline Registration.

Even if you do not use an Internet connection with your computer, you can still register your Engraver III plug-in. Contact us to obtain an offline answer (for the Offline registration process) if you cannot connect to the Internet — or if you are determined to keep your photo-editing computer isolated from any direct connection with the Internet. The Offline Registration Number is a numerical ID which will be valid for a few days: to complete your registration, just select the Offline option in the registration dialogue box; insert your Name, Serial Number, and Offline Answer; then click Register to complete the registration process, and Close the registration dialogue window.

ExclamationRemember: Per one serial number You can register so number of plug-in instances as number of licenses you purchased. I will however allow an extra registration for each plug-in serial number, so that users can install Engraver III on, for instance, both their desktop and laptop computers.



LaunchBox
Engraver III is a plug-in that works on much more than just Adobe Photoshop! Our software enables you to launch this plug-in (and many others) using graphic image editing programs that do not normally support Adobe Photoshop plug-ins. So, even if you do not have Adobe Photoshop on your computer, you can still launch Photoshop plug-ins — using AlphaPlugins LaunchBox! By using LaunchBox, you can run a range of Photoshop plug-ins (including Engraver III) using applications such as Adobe Lightroom, iPhoto, Aperture, and many others. You can start running Engraver III right out of the LaunchBox no matter what image editing software you are currently using!


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Quick Start

Launch Photoshop, and open a picture that is 8bits per channel in either RGB or CMYK mode. Pull down the Filter menu and choose the Alpha Plugins > Engraver III menu item.

Information If you haven’t yet registered the plugin, please register it now. If you don’t register you can use the plugin in trial mode for 14 days.

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Engraver III Window

You can resize the Engraver III window as needed. Resizing the window also resizes the preview area. You can increase or decrease preview scale by pressing:
  • plus button or minus button buttons below the preview pane
  • Ctrl (Cmd on Mac)+” and “-” keys
  • Ctrl (Cmd) + “0” or “1” keys
To change the area shown in the preview pane, look at the small picture in upper left, and move the small square to a different area on the image. Or just drag the preview area with holding left mouse button

Factory Preset Area

At left side of window you can see a list with factory presets. You can apply a preset from this list to quickly explore plug-in features. In bottom list you can save your own favorite parameter settings.

Engraving Controls

At right side of the window you can see all the engraving controls, grouped under three tabs. (See the following Filter Parameters section for detailed explanation of filters).
  • Engraver – the main engraving feature parameters
  • Randomize –parameters that add more of a hand-made look to your engraving
  • Effects – parameters for colors, papers and stamping effects

Parameter Values and Default Ranges

Information

Note that some controls have blue digits, and some black (on Windows, all digits are black, but have blue or black borders on the sliders. Black digits/borders mean that the default ranges of the parameters are fixed. Blue digits/borders mean that you can alter the default ranges. Right click (or Ctrl + click on Mac) over the slider area and a special dialog box appears to allow you to alter the default parameter ranges.

UI Controls

Range Editor

Multilayer Support

At the top of the preview window you will see several commands: Layers UI. Use these commands to make a multilayered engraving composition and adjust how the layers interact. Click Add Layer to add a second engraving layer to the picture (this becomes the active layer). To see the result, click Composite or check the box for Always show layers in composite under the Preview pane. Select either Layer One or Layer Two to activate the layer and make it editable. To delete a layer, click the small red close button to the right of the layer name.

When You’re Finished

When you finish setting parameters. Click the OK button, or click Cancel to exit without applying filters.


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Filter Parameters

All filter parameters are grouped into three tabbed windows for convenience.


Engrave Tab

The Engrave tab contains basic parameters for the engraving process.

  • Pattern – the list of adjustable geometric patterns in the engraving layer.
  • Use Circles – draws geometric patterns with docs, giving the appearance of a halftone print.
  • Engrave Type –determines how the source picture intensity should be interpreted (positive, negative, or combined)
  • Combine Layers One and Two – when using two engraving layers, this option determines the interaction between engraving layers.
  • Line Width –thickness of engraving lines.
  • Lines Spacing – spacing between engraving lines.
  • link button – this button is available only when Use Circles mode is on. It binds horizontal and vertical spaces between dotted elements.
  • Offset – this option shifts patterns, or ink plates when a multicolor palette is used.
  • Width Contrast – increases or decreases line width depending on initial picture intensity. Decreases line width and increases line space if Engraving Type setting is “Negative.”.
  • Threshold – another way to adjust dependence of line widths and initial picture intensity. If this parameter value is -100 then line width is not dependent on initial picture intensity.*
  • * if you choose “Negative” in Engrave Type menu, then the two previous parameters can work in reverse.
  • Relief – sets up additional random geometry distortion depending on initial picture intensity.
  • Amplitude –sets amplitude of waves.
  • Frequency – the frequency of patterns, waves or zigzags.
  • Phase Shift – shift of phase for patterns, waves or zigzags.
  • Center of Effect – this shade sphere control determines the center of some geometric patterns. Also, you can adjust this parameter directly in preview by moving a crosshair mark with mouse and right button holding in preview window (Cmd+ click in Mac).
  • Rotation – defines the angle a geometric pattern is rotated.
Engrave Tab

Randomize Tab

  • Lo-Frequency Noise – these options add low-frequency noise to engraving lines.
  • Intensity –value of random distortion.
  • Scale –size of distortion.
  • Hi-Frequency Noise – adds high-frequency noise to engraving lines.
  • Intensity –value of random distortion.
  • Line Roughness – these options add random noise to line widths. Unlike the previous groups these parameters don’t distort geometric curves, but apply noise to curve widths.
  • Intensity –value of noise pattern.
  • Scale – size of noise pattern.
  • Shift – offset of noise pattern.
  • Polar Coordinates –calculates noise pattern in polar coordinates. It affects certain engraving patterns like rings, helixes, etc. (available when using radial patterns like rings and spirals).
  • Positive Only – applies width noise only as positive (available when Intensity is > 0).
  • Coverage – these options determine how the engraving pattern randomly covers a picture.
  • Intensity – intensity of coverage. For example, 100 = engraving pattern fully covers picture, 0 = pattern doesn’t completely cover picture. Note: the following options are not available unless Intensity is less than 100.
  • Scale – size of coverage pattern.
  • Contrast – contrast of coverage field edges.
  • Random – clicking this button generates a random coverage setting.
  • Smooth –whether coverage field edges are smooth or carved.
  • Invert – inverts the coverage pattern. You can use this option to create an interesting effect with two layers. Set the same coverage pattern to both, but sets one layer to Invert.
  • Line Continuity – these options add a randomly discontinuity to engraving curves.
  • Discontinuous – value of discontinuity. If the value is 0, lines are continuous. As values move towards 100, lines break up and start to disappear.
  • Randomized – whether discontinuity is regular (0 = all line segments and spaces have similar length) or random (> 0 = line segments and spaces are random).
  • Length – lengths of segments.
  • Shift – offset for discontinuity pattern.
  • Edges – these options add noise artifacts on curve edges and make compositions looked more realistic.
  • Edge Type – type of edge effect.
  • Thickness – thickness of edge effect.
Randomize Tab

Effects Tab

This tab contains parameters responsible for final decoration of engraved composition. Here you can play with ink colors, papers and a stamp pressure.

  • Inks – these options define the colors used in engraving patterns.
  • Color Palette – a menu of different color palettes. Below the menu is a control element that shows colors currently in use.
  • Eyedropper button picks up a color from anywhere onscreen.
  • Color picker button launches the color picker dialog. Can also launch the color picker by double clicking on the color rectangles below the Color Palette menu.
  • Remove button deletes the currently active color from palette.
  • Inks Number – number of inks used in custom palette.
  • Inks Opacity – opacity of inks (especially important when using papers).
  • Paper – these options configure paper colors and textures.
  • Paper Texture Type –defines how to interpret initial paper texture.
  • Papers thumbnails palette – filmstrip of available paper textures. All papers presented here were found in open public resources and aren’t copyrighted. You can add your own paper textures. To do this, place your texture image files into subfolder:../AlphaPlugins/EngraverIII/Papers).
  • Color – when Paper Texture Type is Surface or Colorized, color picker becomes available to choose a paper color.
  • Scale – when a paper texture is selected, defines the scale of paper texture.
  • Intensity – the intensity of paper texture.
  • Colorization – how the paper texture blends with custom colors.
    NOTE Intensity and Colorization options can only be used with Paper Texture Type of Surface or Colorized.
  • Stamping – these options configure a stamping effect for the engraving lines to simulate a printing press.
  • Emboss –depth of the emboss effect (if value is >0), or deboss effect (if value is <0).
  • Stamping direction – direction of embossing pressure (click and drag circle on shade sphere or enter parameters in the two fields).
Effect Tab

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Conclusion

Engraver III is a unique and powerful tool that lets you create complex and beautiful engravings with just a few clicks without special skills or knowledge.


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System Requirements

MS Windows Windows


  • Windows OS 95-2000, XP(32/64Bit), Vista (32/64Bit), Windows 7, Windows 8 or later

  • 1.2 GHz processor or higher

  • At least 256 megabytes of RAM or more

  • Graphics card 16-bit color, and 256MB of VRAM or higher

  • 1024 x 768 display or bigger

  • Adobe Photoshop CS2 - CS6, CC, CC2014 (32/64bit) or later

Information Also. you can use Photoshop compatible editors which support Photoshop plug-ins like Corel Photo-Paint, Corel PaintShop Pro, JASC PaintShop Pro, Xara Picture Editor, GIMP, Ulead PhotoImpact and etc.



OSX Macintosh


  • Mac OS X 10.5 or higher

  • Intel or PowerPC processor

  • At least 256 megabytes of RAM or more

  • Graphics card 16-bit color, and 256MB of VRAM or higher

  • 1024 x 768 display or bigger

  • Adobe Photoshop CS2 - CS6, CC, CC2014 (32/64bit) or later



Information
You can use EngraverIII plug-in not only into Adobe Photoshop. But also you can launch this (and many other) plug-in under other graphical application which dont support Adobe Photoshop plug-ins. Even you can havent Photoshop on your computer. With help of our utility AlphaPlugins LaunchBox you can launch Photoshop plug-ins (include Engraver III) under so applications like Adobe LightRoom, iPhoto, Aperture and many similar.

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Author: Maxim Chernousov.
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