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Nature Illusion Studio Standard

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Nature Illusion Studio Standard

Nature Illusion Studio also includes rain and snow effects, though these are far less realistic and will likely be used sparingly by most users, if at all.

To add the water effects, it's as simple as choosing a mask (type of ripple), swiping a paintbrush across the segment of the screen that needs the water ripple effect. Then, click on Preview to see how it looks. You can even adjust the preset masks using the built-in sliders to get exactly the effect you need.

As long as you don't overdo it, Nature Illusion Studio is a nice way to add a bit of life to your photos. When making a home slideshow movie, a bit of professional-looking animation here and there is better than a static image. Plus, screensavers were meant to move, and a rippling waterfall or lake is just the thing.

There's a ten-dollar difference between the Standard and Professional editions. The two features found only in the Professional Edition are the ability to add animated objects and background music.

Note: The 30-day trial version has watermarks on all screensaver, executable, gif and AVI files. Either the $40 Standard or $50 Professional Edition removes the watermarks, and adds technical support and a year of free upgrades.

--Steve Horton

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Nature Illusion Studio Standard

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