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