Filter Forge 6 Releasing Soon and Fully 64-Bit

November 15, 2016

I got an e-mail recently from the folks who make Filter Forge. They made me a deal I couldn’t refuse. If I would write a few words about the upcoming Filter Forge 6, they would give me an upgrade for free. There were no criteria about what to write, just share my thoughts.

Yes, I got the free upgrade and I’ve been able to use it the last few days. Keep in mind that I’ve been a paying user for several versions now and I would have happily paid for the upgrade if I hadn’t gotten the offer I couldn’t refuse.

filter-forge-cpu-memoryUnlike some software upgrades, you won’t find a huge list of changes. I’ve asked several times just to make sure I’m not missing anything and they’ve stressed that the two big chances required major changes to the code. So while they may not be flashy, they are a huge deal. First is that the plug-in is now fully 64-bit if you are using a 64-bit host application. I’ve done all of my testing in the 64-bit version of Corel PHOTO-PAINT X6.

This change does bring more speed and allows Filter Forge to use as much memory as is available when rendering large textures. If you look at the CPU/Memory widget I’ve posted at right, it pegged all of my processor cores when rendering a large texture. The bottom graph shows what happened in between textures as the processor wasn’t working as hard.

Speed and stability are important, but they aren’t the most sexy feature to list. That’s covered by the other major new feature that allows for mappable checkbox inputs.


In the example shown above, the “Inclined” parameter is normal a checkbox. It is on or off. Now it is fed by a profile gradient which turns it on and off based on the shade of the gradient. Looking at the resulting checkerboard, you’ll see some of the squares rotated 90 degrees when the gradient is white. This is a very simple example of something that can allow for the creation of very complex textures.

In addition to those two big new features, there is also a minor user interface update that allows dragging and dropping in the Presets tab. Support for new hosts such as Photoshop CC 2017 and Photoshop Elements 15 was also added. Yes, it does work in all 64-bit versions of Corel PHOTO-PAINT and there is a 32-bit version that also works in the 32-bit versions of Corel PHOTO-PAINT. While I’d love to see some more new features, you can’t go wrong with software that runs faster. Especially something that can easily peg the processor on complex textures. Having it complete in 10 minutes instead of 15 minutes can save a ton of time!

Post Discussion


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You May Also Like…

My Experience Upgrading to Windows 11

My Experience Upgrading to Windows 11

When Windows 10 was released, we were told it would be the last version of Windows. Several years passed and that was the case. Then we got Windows 11 and it did have some changes about what machines were supported. So we weren't talking about...

Read More

IDrive Cloud Backup

Use IDrive to Safely Backup Your Data to the Cloud

I truly hope everyone knows the importance of backup and you have plans in place to backup your data on a regular basis. Sadly I realize that while everyone claims they should do it, you might not do it often enough or maybe not at all. Today...

Read More

Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III built his first Web site in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013. He has used the Divi theme exclusively since 2015. Earlier in his career he was the author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences.

Recent Posts

Pro WordPress Help

WordPress Web design

Graphics Unleashed Donations

Personal Info

Donation Total: $5