Planet Preset
Welcome to my universe...
Hi, I'm Martin. For nearly a decade, I've tried to provide tools to help graphic artists set loose their creative muse and offer an outlet for the Internet fanfic writer and reader. Here, the venerable Lt. Columbo continues to investigate wily murderers, Jim Rockford still tools about in his gold Firebird, and Special Agents Mulder, Scully, Doggett, and Reyes plumb the eerie depths of previously untold X-Files.

I grew up on some of the greatest pulp this nation has ever churned out. Instead of risking life and limb playing outside with my posse (and they say I don't relate to the kids!), I communed nightly with such cultural luminaries as Batman, Mannix, Ironside, Gilligan, and the Holy Trinity of '70s Mystery -- Columbo, McMillan, and McCloud.

So when in the depths of a mid-life yearning for new creative frontiers (my normal bailiwick being agriculture and federal farm policy), I discovered a marvelous forum for every would-be novelist or frustrated viewer who'd ever wished their favorite character had zigged when they'd zagged or who refused to accept that life ended with a network executive's bad judgment call. The fanfic: That ultimate vox populi of the pop culture.

But as a member of the pre-PC generation, I brought my own cultural biases and sensibilities to the game. I wanted not only to breathe new life into my favorite telepulp heroes, but also to tell a good story. I have tried in the X-Files I have spun for various sites, as well as in my own Columbo, Rockford Files, and X-Files pages, to offer stories that stand on their own as fiction and that are true to the vision of my characters' original creators -- in other words, I've tried to create genuine episodes in prose for true fans to enjoy.

In the course of my fanfic sojourn, I've written in three separate X-Files universes, renewed '70s private eye Jim Rockford's literary license, and invited a talented crew of other devoted mystery fans to reimagine  the great Lt. Columbo in an collection of what I hope you'll find to be genuinely puzzling detective tales.

Further, I've had the pleasure of chatting with some of the top mystery writers Illinois has produced, and I've reprinted some of those interviews here.

Finally, I'm featuring a wide variety of food-based and other oddball presets for BladePro and Super BladePro , all-purpose, dirt cheap filter for Photoshop (my graphic cookware of choice) or Paint Shop Pro.

BladePro enables the user to apply specific textures, bevels, glosses and glares, and colors and lights to selected text or objects. The results are realistic and astounding. Presets are sort of like macros - saved combinations of BladePro settings that together create a special effect. Super BladePro refines these features and adds corrosion, mold, and other new 3-D effects.

There are dozens of skilled preset authors on the Web, and I wanted to offer something a little bit new. Secondly, I love food - ask my wife, the boy, the guys at Ming's Wok and the Chicago-Style Pizzeria who know me by name, beverage order, and seating preference.

Why would anyone need food-based presets? School spaghetti supper posters, church youth pizza party flyers, Super Bowl party invites,  mom-and-pop joints with a small ad budget and a few megabytes (please feel free to use my presets in any ethical commercial, charitable, neighborly,entertaining way, by the way).
ATTENTION: After you download each .zip file, extract files into your Photoshop/Plug-ins/Environments and textures folder

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Martin's
House of X
A strange planet of X-Files fan fiction...

10X: The X-Files Continued
Season 10 as it should've been...

Just One More Paragraph
More fanfic cases for the indomitable Lt. Columbo

The Files Cabinet
TV's greatest private eye, Jim Rockford, lives again in new fan fiction...

Profiles in Mystery
Interviews with some of Illinois' top detective authors...

 BladePro Cafe/Mall
The origin of my universe, where rich deposits of graphic presets can be found...

BladePro Tutorial
A planet of learning, where a jedi of Bladepro offers 3-D tips...

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