After recently purchasing the CS5 upgrade I became aware of the Adobe filter Pixel Bender. Since I’ve been experimenting with post processing effects I thought I’d give this freely available one a try. The only option I’ve found useful so far is the OilPaint effect that is used in the image above.
My Pentium 4 workstation is definitely dated utilizing only a single core 3GHZ CPU, 3GB of ram and a 512MB ATI X1650 video card. CS5 runs much better than CS2 ever did though the Pixel Bender filter runs horribly. Pixel Bender utilizes the GPU on the video card instead of the computer CPU though with my setup which meets Adobe requirements, moving the option sliders is ridiculously slow and clunky and I’m limited to an image size of around 1500 pixels square otherwise my preview window goes to all black. Unless I can find the reason and solution for the performance hit, the filter will probably rarely be used in the future.