by Kevin Goldsmith


December 23, 2008

NVidia is really jazzed about the way that Pixel Bender shows off their GPUs in After Effects and in the Photoshop Pixel Bender plug-in. So much so that they’ve decided to hold a contest to see what Pixel Bender filters you guys can think up!

There are some really sweet prizes including an Alienware Area-51 PC and NVidia cards (‘natch). I know I’ve seen some pretty killer stuff that you guys have been posting to your blogs and to the Pixel Bender Exchange. Now is your chance to really show off!

Here is the info from the press release:
NVIDIA Hosts Adobe Pixel Bender Creation Contest
NVIDIA and Adobe are joining forces to encourage artists and developers to write Adobe Pixel Bender™ Kernels for Adobe Creative Suite 4. The first place winner will receive an Alienware Area-51 Personal Computer. Category winners will receive a NVIDIA Quadro CX graphics card. The categories are coolest Pixel Bender kernel, most useful Pixel Bender kernel in the Adobe Photoshop® workflow, and most technically compelling.

Pixel Bender is a technology created by Adobe that enables a new way of enhancing and adding functionality to Photoshop and other Adobe applications like Adobe Flash and Adobe After Effects. The Adobe Pixel Bender technology delivers a common image and video processing infrastructure which provides automatic runtime optimization on heterogeneous hardware. You can use the Pixel Bender kernel language to implement image processing algorithms (filters or effects) in a hardware-independent manner without having to work with each application’s plug-in SDK. The Pixel Bender graph language is an XML-based language for combining individual pixel-processing operations (kernels) into more complex Pixel Bender filters. The most recent version of the Pixel Bender plug-in (1.1) for Photoshop CS4 was recently released by Adobe and is accelerated by the graphic processing unit (GPU).
More information on Pixel Bender can be found here.

The contest runs from January 1, 2009 to January 31, 2009.

Contest details here