Auto FX has announced DreamSuite Series One, the first of a planned series of visual-enhancement programs for images, type and graphics.

The program includes 18 effects the company claims are "unrivalled in their photo-realistic quality, ease of use and creative options". The effects will work either as a stand-alone application from within DreamSuite, or as a plug-in for image-editing programs - including Photoshop, Adobe Elements and Paint Shop Pro.

DreamSuite effects include: 35mm frame; Chisel; Crackle; Crease; Cubism; Focus; Hot Stamp; Liquid Metal; Metal Mixer; Photo Border; Depth and Tone; Putty; Ripple; and Tape.

Creative planning Cliff Weems, founder and CEO of Auto FX, said: "DreamSuite is a unique visual-design product that represents two years of hard work and careful planning. We focused on creating effects that you can't do with ease, or you just can't do at all, in Photoshop. Most importantly though, we feel we have created a suite of visual solutions designers and photographers will use everyday."

The effects are resolution independent, so can be applied to a small image to yield the same result on a larger version of the image. Users can also add an unlimited number of light sources and shadows, each with independent controls. Photoshop Actions, a Marquee Zoom and Pan features are all supported, and the application also supports the creation of user defined presets.

It supports most popular image formats - such as, PSD, TIFF, BMP, JPG, GIF and PNG. The application is also optimized for use with multiprocessing Macs.

DreamSuite costs $299 and is available over the Web for Mac and Windows, on CD and via download. No UK price is yet available.