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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH — The aesthetic judgment of Paul Gaskill, a graphic designer working on a brochure for Valley View Apartments, was "severely clouded" by a desire to use a new Adobe Photoshop plug-in, coworkers at Blue Moon Design said Monday.
Takes a lot more to work to do that! Design simplicity is very hard to achieve in any field. Most clients seriously underestimate the resources required to achieve what appears to be simplicity and straight-forward presentation.
In practice "Keep it simple" turns into a big job: "Make this mess look simple".
When Plug-Ins Go Bad. A new special on Fox?
Hmm... Don't know if the public is ready for it. Fear Factor would be mild in comparison. But hey! If they made it, I could do the raised chrome metallic BladePro titling, if you wanted to do the pink-clouds-and-lighting backgrounds! ;)
Pink clouds and lightning was a home grown recipe fueled by caffeine and nicotine instead of the native filter packs. Gaussian blur and varying opacity was pegged to the floor. 224 megs worth. That falls under the category of "Never Argue With A Paying Client" (no matter how obscure the ad concept.)
Their money pays for more plug-ins :)
BTW- I didn't mean to imply the pink clouds were a filter, but rather that the overall effect was sufficiently terrifying to use for the special, with the other effects applied to objects that go floating past in the cotton-candy mist... I don't know of any filters that could produce a background of that caliber.