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Sheffield Softworks Artitude

Simulate Real-World Media

Artitude provides the appearance of real-world media like oil paint, watercolor, colored pencil, markers, tempera, airbrush, and more. The software enables the simulation of various styles and artists, including cartoon, illustration, Van Gogh, Warhol, graphic novel, and many others. Built with over 120 presets, the program also allows users to create and save customized presets.

Artitude is not simply a toon shader plugin. While it can do that very well, it is a general purpose artistic toolkit that puts the power of creative aesthetic control at your fingertips.

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Non-photorealistic rendering (NPR) focuses on enabling a wide range of expressive styles for video imagery. In contrast to traditional video, which has focused on realism, NPR is inspired by artistic styles such as painting, drawing, technical illustration, animated cartoons, etc. NPR has appeared in movies and video games in the form of “toon shading”, as well as in scientific visualization, architectural illustration and experimental animation.

Artitude uses state of the art NPR rendering techniques and allows you to combine them in powerful, unprecedented ways to create organic, animated effects never before possible.

Artitude uses state of the art Npr rendering techniques and allows you to combine them in powerful, unprecedented ways to create organic, animated effects never before possible. it incorporates years of my own experimentation and research in the field and experience gained in prior Npr plugins i have written. Artitude is based on fxfactory’s plugin engine which makes use of the power of your gfX card to do its rendering, thus does not load down your CpU. it is compatible with the hosts that fxfactory supports, currently fCp 6 through final Cut X, Motion 3 upto Motion 5, Adobe premier, and After effects. it requires at least 10.7 (lion) of the oSX operating system.

Artitude has 5 sections that can be used to process your image in a wide array of manners. they are Paint, Texture, Smooth, Toon, and a final processing section. Artitude initially analyses the image, finding edges and local “flows” and uses this analysis for subsequent processing. you have a Tweak adjustment to adjust the “smoothness” of this analysis.

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Paint allows for an initial gamma adjustment and color correction to intensify and sharpen colors as well as two styles of painting simulation, a caricature-like organic distortion, and a thresholded gaussian blur to “smudge” the results. Texture contains processing for outlines, stipple, and shading. Smooth provides powerful bilateral smoothing that retains edges with an adjustable threshold and iteration. Toon separates the image into hue, Saturation, and luminance and allows discrete quantization of each channel, with adjustments and the ability to map the hue to real world ink colors. final processing allows you to mix any of these sections or a combination of them with any other section using Photoshop style blend modes and a slider for intensity of the blend as well as a final edge sensitive smoothing. if any section is not used to create the final image (toon, for instance), that section of image processing is bypassed.

Because of the high processing costs associated with these powerful techniques, Artitude has a Turbo mode that increases interactivity at the cost of some resolution. once you’re happy with your look, turn off Turbo and render.

With the of huge variety of potential combinations of coloring, textures, blends, sliders, etc… the sheer number of different settings available in Artitude borders on the infinite. only a subset of those will produce a result appropriate for your project. one way to handle this is to start with a preset that is close to what you think you might want and tweak it until you get a result you like, but i like to encourage experimentation as well.

This product requires Noise Industries FxFactory to run (Free Download).

Please refer to the FxFactory page for updated system requirements.  FXFactory Pro is a paid version with the same system requirements as the free version.


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67% of reviewers recommend this product
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Customer Reviews

I thought the review I read here was unfair. This is a wonderful little program which does some amazing things. The presets that come with it are incredible. Kudos to Patrick Sheffield for creating this great program. (By the way, I am not affiliated with Sheffield Softworks or know anything about the company itself. Good software is good software, though and deserves a fair review).

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Michael Richards
Date: January 11, 2019

I'm biased... I am the author of Artitude, but you don't give any specifics and I am not currently aware of any bugs. You may contact me at psheffield at to enlighten me, thanks!

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Patrick Sheffield
Date: January 18, 2015


Spent hours attempting to make Artitude work and even with the help of FXFactory, it does not work. The bugs in the software merit a serious overhall.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? No

By: Warren Hoffman
Date: November 12, 2014

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