Avenza Announces Terrain Shader Functionality for Adobe Photoshop

New Geographic Imager® version to include ability to colourize and shade DEM files

Toronto, ON, July 12, 2010 – Avenza® Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher® cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager® spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop® is pleased to announce that the upcoming release of Geographic Imager, version 3.2, will include the ability to dynamically apply terrain shading and colourization to digital elevation models within Adobe Photoshop.

The Geographic Imager Terrain Shader functionality will be included as a standard feature in the upcoming release.

"The addition of a terrain shading function to Geographic Imager is a natural extension to our Adobe Photoshop spatial imaging toolset” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. “For the first time, users will be able to easily and quickly import a DEM, apply colours and shades based on elevation and even apply a specific light source position and intensity to achieve a specific shading effect, all within Adobe Photoshop. This is a very powerful proposition for all geospatial image and DEM users and further extends the value of Adobe Photoshop as a bona fide spatial image processing platform.” he added.

Features of the Geographic Imager Terrain Shader:
• Easily generate custom colour maps or use predefined ones
• Use Photoshop gradients to colorize DEM images specifying elevation intervals
• Create shaded relief easily with intuitive controls
• Adjust light source position and intensity
• Import existing Photoshop gradients to use as colour maps
• Assign elevations to gradients and save them for reuse

A sneak preview of this new functionality is available on the Avenza YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/AvenzaTutorials

More about Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop
Geographic Imager is powerful software for working with spatial imagery in Adobe Photoshop that leverages the superior image editing capabilities of this raster-based image-editing software and transforms it into a powerful spatial imagery editing tool. Work with satellite imagery, aerial photography, orthophotos, and DEMs in geotiff and other major GIS image formats using Adobe Photoshop features such as transparencies, filters, and image adjustments while maintaining georeferencing and support for hundreds of coordinate systems and projections. Geographic Imager 3.2 will be available to both Mac and Windows users in Q3, 2010.

More about Avenza Systems Inc.
Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools for making better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services. Visit www.avenza.com for more details.

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