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New non-destructive image editor: Naked Light

updated 07:40 pm EST, Wed November 7, 2007

Naked Light Beta Friday

Naked Light, a unique new image editor, offers a simplistic interface as well as advanced features; Naked Light will allow users to take advantage of non-destructive image editing. The application is advertised as re-inventing how image editing works, featuring node-based compositing and live filters, as well as a concept called "Infinite Resolution" - very similar, in essence, to Final Cut Pro's open format timeline. The author of Naked Light is offering a public beta, which starts November 9th. Pricing is not available as of this writing, and the only requirement is Leopard, with ATI and Nvidia chipsets being highly recommended.

Naked Light's node-based compositing allows users to link together multiple images, filters, brush strokes, which are laid out in a map, and are indefinitely reconfigurable. The app also uses live filters that can be edited regardless of when they were applied to the image. The tools that Naked Light includes are advertised as being photographer-friendly - measuring applicable units in stops, for example.

The developer states that Naked Light is pixel-free, as the application only provides measurements in real-life units such as inches or millimeters. The Infinite Resolution feature allows users to mix and match as many different resolution images as is required, without needing to resize or adjust the DPI. Naked Light's painting tools combine vector and raster techniques, designed to capture mouse and tablet movements so that brush strokes can be re-drawn at any size or resolution.

Naked Light's node-based image and effect composition layout

by MacNN Staff



  1. LordJohnWhorfin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Brings back memories...

    Anybody remembers Live Picture? This sounds a h*** of a lot like it: non-destructive editing, infinite resolution... That was a great product squandered by inane management.

  1. chirpy22

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Live Picture was freakin AWESOME!

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Live Picture?

    Never heard of it - but here's a link to the App and site:

    I've pulled down Pixelmator to see how well it stacks up_

    As much as I love Photoshop and am a die-hard follower - Adobe likes to add so much bloated "featres" into it - it really bogs the App down_ If they made a way to modulate it more to turn this feature or that function off_ Some of the filters are easily killed by going into the Filters Folder and removing them and relaunching the App_

    But some things are embedded and you are stuck with them_

    I probably will never abandon Photoshop - because even now there really isn't anything that can handle everything that you can throw at Photoshop_

    But I am every curious to check out the newer technologies that are showing up_

    The appeal I have toward Pixelmater is that it takes advantage of the Core Technologies built into OS X_

    This is a good find [Naked Light] and it may also prove to be a viable alternative_

  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969



    LivePicture rocked! I was crushed to see it fail.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Naked light

    Sure does sound a lot like Live Picture. By the way, Live Picture still works in mac system 9 even though development stopped after system 7. I keep an old mac just to play with it since I was once an early adopter and a power user of it. Could it be that someone finally got MPI? I think who bought it to release or sell the basic code? Could be all new too since it appears to make use of Core image as well. We will se tomorrow I guess.

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