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cf/x alpha 2.0 - compose. design. create.
Since cf/x alpha's launch, professional photographers, illustrators, designers and enthusiasts around the world turn to this powerful toolbox for high quality image composition and design.
The new 2.0 release builds on alpha's existing strengths: its powerful composition engine, unique blending capabilities, stunning f/x, and powerful collage- and mosaic generators.
We have completely overhauled the composition core, greatly enhancing its capabilities and added fundamentally new functionality.
alpha 2.0 brings image composing to a new, unprecedented level. Take a brief look at the selection of existing and new features, the screenshots, or visit our website for more information. If you are a photographer, designer or illustrator we know you'll like it. A lot.
cf/x alpha -- Professional Image Composition
Not your usual image editor: unlike pixel editors, alpha is a powerful composition engine. You no longer edit individual pixels - you are now working with images. alpha's tools are crafted accordingly, and using them may require you to re-think image composition. We mean that in a GOOD way. Finally you can compose images the way you always wanted.
Templates, Templates, Templates
alpha 2.0 includes a wide array of professionally designed templates for 'Composite-' or 'Sed-Cards', Posters, Yearbooks, Postcards, Collages, etc. Use them to jump-start your own designs.
Of course you can also create your own styles and add them to your templates at the touch of a button.
This is one of alpha's signature features. It allows you to manipulate transparency like a text editor allows you to edit words: naturally. Use the built-in transparency managers to assemble images with complex transparency in real time.
Of course, cf/x alpha also natively supports external blend masks and transparency if you have them.
Image effects (f/x)
alpha features more than 80 non-destructive f/x that you can use to touch-up your source images, or apply to the myriad of different objects that alpha supports (e.g. text, panels, frames). All effects are high-quality, fully configurable, stackable, real-time, and buzzword-compliant.
cf/x alpha fully supports text. Unlike most other Apps, alpha lets you treat text as if it was any other image with complex alpha: add any f/x or blend to them. Here's something to try: Type some text, apply the 'Sculpt' effect, then apply the 'Curl' blend to see the letters first transform into metal, and then lift off in 3D!
In alpha, image objects are 'Smart' - you can easily exchange the underlying image, but keep all effects and other properties. They interact with any other application, allowing you to change images simply by drag and drop. Image objects no longer need to actually have an image assigned - even if you add effects and blends to them.
alpha's collage generators can create an 'Image Heap', a 'Scatter' or an Image-'Sweep' and -'Grid' and assemble over 1000 images in a few seconds - it can also arrange the collage "by shape". And of course it includes the crowd-pleasing advanced Mosaic (image-from-images) generator that is so popular that it spawned it's own App.
High-Quality Render & Export your artwork
Once your composition is completed, render and export it (with transparency) to different dpi and file formats (PNG, JPG, PDF, BMP, TIFF, PSD, etc. - quality is only restricted by input sources).
alpha directly exports to iPhoto, Aperture, the desktop (background wallpaper) or the Preview.app, and can share via eMail or upload to flickr.
- Robust blending and filter options
- Automated collage-building is fast and flexible
- Option for high-resolution output
- Has no media browser for importing photos
- Lacks basic text and zoom tools
- Confusing canvas resolution settings