ARTIXELS debuts VFX plug-in album Escher


Last Updated: June 18, 2012 9:20 pm GMT
(Hong Kong--June 18, 2012) ARTIXELS, today announced debut visual effects (VFX) software plug-in album Escher, scheduled for official release in December 2012. Escher includes 8 essential plug-ins for advanced 2.5D lighting and 2 image generation plug-ins, the 10-track full album will be available for The Foundry Nuke while selected tracks for other image compositing platforms will be announced later.

Escher offers Spherical Harmonics (SH) processing nodes for light probe image projection and lambertian shading, up to 6 bands of SH coefficients can be embedded into metadata stream and OpenEXR files. The album also features image-space occlusion shading and fake skin shading nodes using depth map based image processing. Several utility nodes are included for 3D Normal and Depth data preprocessing and morphological anti-aliasing.

Escher also brings artists image generation plug-in which renders animated underwater style caustics with endless creative possibilities and another node for photo-realistic sky rendering. Both plug-ins are highly optimized to enable a fluid creative experience with maximum interactivity. Demonstration videos are available for viewing at

Escher for Nuke will be compatible with The Foundry Nuke 6.3 on 64-bit Windows and 64-bit Linux. Support of MacOS X may become available according to demand. Escher for Nuke will be priced at US$399 which includes 1-year maintenance and technical support via emails. For assistance concerning sales, beta testing or product evaluation about Escher for Nuke, please contact or visit

Founded in 2011, ARTIXELS is a Hong Kong-based boutique VFX software developer that targets worldwide visual effects production and broadcast design industries as their primary market. The company’s mission is to create artist-friendly effects software that fuels the creative process.


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