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22

Create Your Own Nature Scenes With Nature Illusion Studio

 Desktop Enhancement

One of the most popular things to display on a PC is animated images of nature.  Today I will review Nature Illusion Studio.  With this program, you can turn a still picture into a beautiful, fascinating animated image.

It's surprisingly easy to turn a simple photograph into a constantly-changing, realistic outdoor scene.  You can use the animation you have created as a screen saver or save it as a GIF file or video clip. 

You can

  • Add weather such as rain or snow.
  • Make any water in the picture look "alive" with ripples, waves, and animated reflections.
  • Add moving objects.For instance, you can make birds fly across the picture's sky, or fish swim in the water.
  • Add sound effects like birdsong, wind noises, or the sound of flowing water.

 

When you create a project, you select an image to be the background of your nature scene, then add various effects to it.I began with this photo of a pond:

Peterson Pond

Use the "Water" effect to add soothing wave motion to any water in the picture. Just use familiar paint and flood-fill tools to mark the area you want to ripple. All the effects in Nature Illusion Studio have pleasing defaults, and lots of settings you can adjust if you choose For Water you can adjust wave height, speed, direction, and reflection, letting you do everything from a slight riffle on a pond to large waves on an ocean shore. With up to 6 separate water effects in one project, you can really bring water to life.In my project I added a gentle, slow ripple to the pond.

I did not choose to add any weather to this picture. It clearly shows a bright, sunny day, so adding rain or snow would look odd.

I did add an object. Objects are smaller pictures that you can place and animate. I happen to think that a perfect pond scene should have dragonflies (to eat the mosquitoes!), so I found some nice dragonfly clip art and animated one across the image. Nature Illusion Studio can use either JPEG or BMP images.

The final Effect you can add to your scene is Sound. Adding audio is extremely easy—just click Add and pick a sound file.  The program comes with an assortment of nature sounds like waterfalls and crickets.  For this pond scene, Frog.wav was a natural. You can also use your own sound files.  Again, you have many options when deciding how to play the sound: continuously or randomly, or at set intervals.

Nature Illusion Studio's Main Window

 

Animated Nature Scene with Water and Object effects

Notice the dragonfly moving and the water rippling.  GIF files don't support sound, so you can't hear the frogs croaking.  I also saved this scene as a screen saver and a video clip, and the background noises work perfectly there.

There are definitely some quirks to this program.  You cannot scroll using the mouse wheel in Nature Illusion Studio.  I tend to zoom in and out a lot when doing graphics, and I found the progam's use of Ctrl+= for "Zoom in" distracting. I wish the developer had used the standard Ctrl++ and Ctrl+-.  I also found some of the language in the Help file confusing.  The program did freeze on me once and had to be closed and restarted.  Overall, though, Nature Illusion Studio is easy to learn, and quick to master.  Once I understood all the features, turning the pond photo into a GIF and a screensaver took about 5 minutes.

Nature Illusion Studio is an excellent tool if you would like to animate a nature scene.  If you'd like to create cool, interesting-looking screen savers, videos, and animated GIFs it's just what you need. 

There are hundreds of excellent programs in the Desktop Enhancement category on FindApp.  Check them out today!

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