Ultraflares is arguably the most powerful and sophisticated lens flare solution for Adobe Photoshop and compatible hosts. Backed by over a year and a half of research and development, Ultraflares boasts some of the most advanced and realistic lens flare features available today. Ultraflares comes packed with hundreds of presets including over 65 natural flares, over 60 stylized flares, over 35 glints and over 40 light leaks.
Ultraflares packs some of the world’s most realistic lens flares, all modeled after existing real-world lens flares, anamorphic flares, glints and light leaks. As a matter of fact, Ultraflares’ technology has been built upon the careful study and research of real-world light phenomena thereby resulting in some of the most sophisticated flares available today.
Ultraflares presets are modeled after real-world lens flares.Check out the natural flares gallery to see examples of Ultraflares in action!
Ultraflares offers unlimited power and flexibility through the assembly of lens flare objects in a hierarchical stack to produce any number of flare variations, with any amount of complexity. The artist can choose from a range of 13 realistically-modeled flare objects such as iris, multi-iris, spot glow, halo, ring, caustic, shimmer, lens orbs, spikeball, hoop, sparkle, streak and glow. Each object has been carefully developed to match real camera optics thereby producing photorealistic results. Every object features its own massive set of specific variables allowing the artist to tweak just about any feature and produce just about any result.
Ultraflares object types
Add focus to any image using sophisticated light flares.
Ultraflares ships with an easy-to-use, intuitive GUI boasting production-proven features. The stack can be easily navigated and any particular object can be renamed, deleted, duplicated, soloed, moved up, moved down, moved to the top or moved to the bottom easily and effortlessly with the click of a button. A powerful, built-in file browser provides super-fast, immediate flare load / preview. This efficiency results in increased productivity and faster lens flare development.
Ultraflares comes packed with natural flares, stylized flares, glints & light leaks.
Ultraflares provides a set of highly specialized transformation tools that allow for inherently complex lens flare object movement. Each object can be free to move in all axes, horizontal only, vertical only, none (for light leaks), or custom (which controls the range of horizontal and vertical movement inherent to anamorphic flare behavior). A secondary distance controller provides additional positioning tweaks for horizontally-locked, vertically-locked objects or unmovable objects resulting in extremely natural flare movement.
Sophisticated transform operators result in hyper-realistic flare behavior.
Create killer anamorphic flares with complex movement.
Ultraflares features a powerful coloring engine allowing each and every object to be uniquely shaded by a single color, two blended colors based on screen location, two gradient colors, or a full spectral array. Each coloring mode features offsetting, scaling, saturation, and even spectral blending with the underlying color to reproduce distinctive natural phenomena such as solid colored rays with spectral ray ends. Ray-based objects such as shimmers and spikeballs extend coloring features even further by providing random ray-color controls.
Ultraflares features virtually limitless coloring options.Check out the stylized flares gallery to see examples of Ultraflares in action!
Ultraflares is capable of generating virtually any type of flare or light effect.
Ultraflares offers a highly versatile multi-iris object with an insane limit of up to 1000 irises. Their positioning along the light vector can be random, even or semi-random while their spread can be clustered together or fully separated. Their corresponding color, intensity, size, offset, spherical aberration, feathering, light distribution and circular completion can be randomized to any particular degree for truly natural results. Each object carries its own adjustable random seed ensuring no two objects are ever alike.
Ultraflares specializes in photorealistic lens flares.
Ultraflares features chromatic aberration, an optical effect that is caused by a lens’s inability to focus all three wavelengths together on the same focal plane. This results in red, green and blue color fringing. Chromatic aberration can be applied globally to the entire flare, thereby simulating real-world camera lenses.
Powerful chromatic aberration features affect entire flare.Check out the glints gallery to see examples of Ultraflares in action!
Ultraflares features stunningly-realistic iris effects such as spherical aberration, aberration scale, aberration offset and asymmetry for replicating ultra-realistic natural lens flares. Circular completion controls how much of the iris diameter (in degrees) is visible while light distribution, a new and truly unique feature specific to Ultraflares only, controls the illumination across the iris with its respective angle. Chromatic aberration can be globally applied to the entire flare while spectral coloring can work on any number of specific objects. Add subtle touches like iris edge ringing to push the realism to the next level.
Specific to Ultraflares only, light distribution produces ultra-realistic results.
Ultraflares harnesses the power of Adobe Photoshop and allows the artist to automatically sample both the intensity and hue of the image by clicking in the preview window. Darker parts of the image will dim the flare while image hues will color the flare accordingly, all in real-time. Global adjustments can be made on-the-fly and will impact all lens flare objects thereby affecting the entire lens flare as a whole. Some of these global settings include color, blending mode, position, center, intensity, scale, aspect, rotation, chromatic aberration and saturation.
Ultraflares can automatically sample image brightness and hue, realistically affecting the lens flare.
Ultraflares boasts an extremely powerful feature called triggering. Triggering allows any objects setting to change according to the flares location. This results in extremely realistic flare behavior where the intensity may increase near the center of the screen, where chroma hoops may scale in size close to screen edges, and where streaks may flare out when located outside screen coordinates, for instance. Virtually any object variable can be triggered and thereby affected both positively or negatively using its own distinct trigger mask. Trigger masks can be inverted, modified and toggled to react to lens flare center points or lens flare emission points.
Ultraflares trigger masks affect objects according to location.
Ultraflares provides both object-specific and global blending modes. This means the artist can decide how each lens object should be composited with the previous one, and how the final flare should be composited with the image. This advanced precision in local and global compositing allows for particular flare objects to flare up and intensify while others maintain their fine details.
Ultraflares is easy to realistically integrate within your images.
Ultraflares provides a powerful and versatile built-in object called lens orbs for dynamically generating complex lens textures! Lens orbs mimics real-world lens dirt that accumulates on the front and rear element of the camera. Lens Orbs are illuminated by objects in the stack so moving the flare around will result in correctly revealed lens dirt yielding stunningly realistic results. Because lens orbs are modeled after the multi-iris object, you can tweak just about any settings such as coloring them chromatic, setting polygonal iris blades, introducing optical vignetting for unique cat’s eye iris, and much, much more.
Ultraflares features a fast, dynamically-generated lens orbs object.
Ultraflares brings the power of lens textures to the artist’s fingertips. Select any lens texture and watch as Ultraflares realistically illuminates the texture according to its lens flare color, location and structure. Choose Ultraflares’ own highly configurable procedural lens orbs object or use custom textures of any kind. Embedded custom textures in compatible file formats such as PSD allow Ultraflares to easily toggle between multiple textures.
Use images as custom lens textures.
Ultraflares pulls lens textures from the image channels which means once you can store lens textures in any file format supporting multiple image channels such as PSD. This allows your to store as many as you want in one file and easily access them using Ultraflares from within a convenient drop-down menu.
Easily apply lens textures to your flares.
Ultraflares is much more than a lens flare plugin; it’s a full feature light studio. Not only does it allow the artist to produce sophisticated lens flares, but also the ability to generate a wide variety of complex camera lens effects, all modeled after real-world light phenomena.Check out the light leaks gallery to see examples of Ultraflares in action!
Ultraflares has an unlimited number of applications including the generation of volumetric lights, glows, light glints, star filters, sun glows, star bursts, film burns & aberrations, light leaks, highlight accents, photo filters, bokehs, lens textures, and much, much more. It is an indispensable tool for 3D artists looking to push their 3D renders to the next level.
Add ultra-realistic light leaks to your images.
Light leaks are indispensable for adding creative personality to photography or reducing that computer generated look in 3D renders. But why spend hundreds on prefabricated light leaks that can’t be modified when you can create your own? Creating light leaks in Ultraflares is incredibly easy and its included library of 40 light leaks provides numerous options to start from. Best of all, lens flares, anamorphics, glints and light leaks in Ultraflares are all resolution independent and aspect conforming so the same light leak that works on a 1K composite will also work on a 4K composite.
Ultraflares is a full feature light studio with realistically modeled light effects.
Ultraflares is the definitive solution for any hobbyist or professional digital artist, designer or photographer demanding cutting-edge, high-quality lens flares and light effects. Download the demo today.
Make your images epic with Ultraflares.
Ultraflares is 100% multi-threaded capable of using an unlimited number of cores for ultimate speed.
Ultraflares supports both 8 bits / channel and 16 bits / channel color modes for professional workflows.