COMPANY: Red Giant Software | URL: | TYPE: Plug-in | PLATFORM: Mac, Windows | PRICE: $149
Photoshop co-creator and Star Wars effects guru John Knoll developed Knoll Light Factory 3.2 to mimic the reflections from a very bright light source as seen through a camera's lens. It's proven to be one of the most popular plug-ins for both Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. Knoll Light Factory goes far beyond the typical lens flares found in Photoshop, with over 100 great presets, real-time previewing, and 19 powerful flare tools for creating your own custom effects.

Fast, fun visual impact with over 100 light presets
Light presets are premade combinations of lighting elements. Choose from photon torpedoes, red lasers, warm sun flares, or spikeballs — Knoll Light Factory 3.0 ships with over 100 presets to get you started quickly with Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

Custom lens editor and elements
Choose from 19 different flare elements, and layer them to create just the look you want. Real-time previews give you instant feedback, and 16-bit rendering reduces banding and creates better-looking output. Obscuration layers enable objects in the scene to partially block an effect. Once you've got just the look you want, it's easy to save your own presets for future use in Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

Photorealistic lighting effects
Knoll Light Factory's effects are based on the real-world physics of light passing through glass lens elements of all kinds. Give your photos the characteristic look of inexpensive digital cameras or legendary Panavision lenses. Apply sci-fi effects such as Arc Welder or Distant Quantum or add subtle sparkle to jewelry, movie posters, or nighttime scenes.

More than 100 Presets
Over 100 customizable presets (50 new in 3.0) give you additional pre-made Photoshop lighting effects that range from naturalistic to dramatic.

Customize with Light Elements
Light Factory's custom lens editor lets you combine and tweak any of 19 basic light elements such as Glow Ball, Spike Ball, Chroma Hoop, Ellipse, or Sparkle to generate custom light effects.

New User Interface
The UI has been redesigned for ease of use, including previews of light presets and access to editing functions in one window.

Real-Time Preview
The main Preview Window now supports real-time manipulation, as well as the ability to resize and zoom in or out.

16-bit Color Support
Support for higher bit depths reduces banding and yields better-looking glows and gradients.

Obscuration Layer
Use a grayscale mask to partially obscure the lights, giving the illusion that lights are being partially blocked by an object or person in the image.

Tint Layer
Use a separate layer to change the flare color for easier compositing with complex images.

Randomize Feature
A Randomize button and slider are a fun way to discover fun new Photoshop lighting effects.

Multi-level undo allows for an improved workflow when designing lights.

Multiple Platforms
Includes support for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements on Intel Macs, Photoshop CS3, and Vista 32- and 64-bit systems.

What was new in version 3.1

•New user interface adds previews, undo, and a single editing window
•50 new presets in Version 3.0
•Plugs into Photoshop CS3, CS4, Photoshop Elements 7.0 & 8.0
•Support for 16-bit color rendering
•Works on 32- and 64-bit Vista and Windows 7 systems as well as Mac OSX Snow Leopard
•New Photoshop Filters FAQ