Paula Sanders Report - Path Styler Pro

deemarie · April 18, 2005 7:04 am

Review of Path Styler Pro by Shinycore

Path Styler Pro for Photoshop is a plugin for Photoshop 6, 7, or CS and Path Styler Pro for Illustrator is a plugin for 9, 10, or CS.

This program in conjunction with either program creates bevels that are created in a similar way to those created in 3D programs. One can create bump maps, choose the type of mapping, choose the color of the lights and a lot more.

Feature Highlights

  • Sharp and clean bevels Rounded, beveled and mitered joins at corners
  • Metallic, plastic, glass and custom shaded materials
  • Procedural maps, including Noise, Wood, Turbulence, and more
  • Layered mapping with Photoshop blending modes
  • Reflections
  • Multiple texture items for high-quality bump mapping
  • Editable contours that control the shape of bevels, the output of maps, and the bumps of texture items
  • Easy-to-use inline gradients that color the output of maps
  • Directional, omni, and tube lights
  • User interface with fast previews, dynamic sliders, visual presets, and unlimited undo/redo capability
  • Over a 100 resolution-independent style presets
  • Photoshop layers and alpha channels as color maps, bump maps, and masks
  • Refractive bevels that distort the background (only in the Photoshop version of Path Styler Pro)

Path Styler Pro has a large number of presets that can be used to create these beveled objects or the user can create and save their own. Below is a beveled version of the Shinycore's name created in Illustrator CS.

Below is a similar file created in Photoshop CS using different type, style, and colors.

Below is a preset I applied to a Photoshop CS file.

This graphic below shows a button created from a preset and, of course, modified a little.

The following screen captures will show some of the presets and choices available in Path Styler Pro. All of the presets can be manipulated in the same way as can the beveled objects created from scratch.

Some of the Presets

The process is very easy. In Photoshop, create a shape, select it, turn it into a working path, and start using Path Styler Pro. In Illustrator, the paths are already present.

Two of the Many Screens that can be Accessed

There are many arrow heads on the menus. Each leads to more choices by way of fly-out menus. The following show two fly-out menus.

Below are two traditional beveled buttons and a free form shape. I hope these give an idea of the wide breadth of this program.

Created in Illustrator CS Created in Photoshop CS

Actually, I have shown just the tip of the iceberg of this extremely easy to use and powerful plugin. For more information and a trial download, go to .

The price for the individual plugin is: $99.00 with an upgrade price of $49.00 The bundle of both filters can be purchased for $129.00 with an upgrade price of $69.00. The products are available as download versions only.

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  • April 18, 2005

Article Comments

LillianH ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 18 April 2005

Interesting plug-in. Thanks for providing some insight on what it can do.

deemarie ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 18 April 2005

I am excited about trying out the trail version of this, just to explore all the fun add-ons. Thanks so much for bringing this excellent review to us! Reviews are always such a great aide in pre-purchasing.

DreamWarrior ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 18 April 2005

I tried it some time ago and it is a very good tool.

vshane ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 19 April 2005

Paula, I so enjoy reading your reviews and will be looking forward to many more.

ClintH ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 20 April 2005

Very nice. Thanks for all the information Paula! I wonder if it will work with Paint Shop Pro 8.1? A lot of the Photoshop Plug-ins work with PSP.

BlueRose ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 21 April 2005

Looks a lot like SuperBladePro but not as good (oh and more expensive too) Thanks for the headsup tho,will check out the link

jeffg3 ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 22 April 2005

While being a good product, SuperBladePro doesn't let you go back and edit the effect after you apply it (like you can do with Adobe's native layer style). Tha fact that Path Styler Pro lets you go back and tweek the effect after applied is killer! I'm always having to change effects after the fact as the changing layout requires.

nickcharles ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 23 April 2005

This looks to be a really neat tool. Thanks Paula for the review. Trying it out now :D To Clint, sorry man. From the website: "Path Styler Pro does not run on Photoshop compatible hosts, such as Fireworks or Paint Shop Pro. Even though some of these hosts work with paths, they do not support enough of the Photoshop plug-in architecture to run Path Styler Pro."

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