A Photoshop special effects filter that secretly uses real smoke and water
The Really Real filter system consists of a custom-written Photoshop filter plugin which sends the image to a remote computer which displays it on its screen, creates a physical, visible effect over the screen, snaps a photo, and sends it back to the user, none the wiser. The three effects demonstrated in the video are ripples, perspective shift, and fog.
Stemming from an interest in replacing computer-generated effects with natural ones, I created an “unnatural natural” system that hides behind the veil of the familiar Photoshop user interface. As the beach ball spins and the user waits for the computer to finish, it is actually triggering physical movement and reactions in a remote location to “compute” the resulting effect.