Genetica, the seamless textures, HDRI, and animation package created by Spiral Graphics Inc., has been updated to version 3.6.
With the new version artists can create text objects directly from within Genetica. Text can be used in conjunction with Genetica's powerful style system, which means text can be created out of realistic materials such as stone, glass, wood, and more, simply by choosing from hundreds of preset styles.
A new Style node introduced in Genetica 3.6 means that in addition to text and drawn shapes, styles can now be applied to any procedurally created noise or pattern.
Genetica 3.6 also introduces massive workflow improvements that expedite the creation and manipulation of nodes. Nodes can now be arranged into all possible configurations simply by dragging them to the correct position. New nodes can be created by clicking a blank spot in the workspace and typing the first few letters of the desired node's name. The output of a node can be used in multiple locations by dragging additional output wires from the base of a node.
Additional feature illustrations, and a video showing the workflow improvements, can be found here. A complete list of changes in the latest version is available here.
Genetica 3.6 is provided free to licensed users of Genetica 3.5, while new users can take advantage of a 30% discount that is being offered until July 1st.
A free demo version of Genetica can be downloaded from www.spiralgraphics.biz/download_gen.htm
You can also read a review published here at Hiperia3D News:
Genetica is a node-based graphics application that allows artists to non-destructively build textures and effects. It has been used on countless projects ranging from computer games, to television programs, to architectural projects.
With Genetica artists can:
- Generate procedural images by stringing together different types of nodes.
- Create seamless textures directly from photographic sources.
- Enjoy the industry's only professional-level drawing tools that produce seamlessly repeatable results.
- Generate effect maps such as height and specular maps.
- Make HDRI lighting environments and cube maps for realistic reflections.
- Create looping animated textures such as burning fire or rippling water.
Genetica is available in Basic, Pro, and Studio editions. The differences between the editions are explained in this table.
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