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Render Effects

This sub-menu contains three effects that create new renderings. Effects found in the Render sub-menu generally replace all color information in the active layer or selection.

Render Effects
Render Effects

Note

The examples on this page show the effects being applied to an entire image. It is easy to restrict the adjustment to a sub-section of the image simply by making a selection.  If a selection is active when the effect is run, it will only be applied to the selected region. Areas outside of the active selection will remain unchanged.

Tip

The controls shown in the effect dialogs operate in much the same way; drag the indicator left, right or in a circular motion (for an angle control).  Typing in a numeric value in the text box or using the up/down arrows beside the text box also changes the current value.  The keyboard arrow keys can be used to alter the value of a control once it has the focus.
Multiple controls can be used in isolation or combination. If more than one is altered, the cumulative effect will be shown.

Effects Render Clouds icon Clouds

This renders a randomized "cloud" effect to the layer or selection using the Primary and Secondary colors.

Scale sets the cloud size. Higher values generate larger clouds.

Roughness is a measure of how coarse the clouds will be. Low values have a blurring effect while high values generate lots of small detail.

Blend Mode determines how the clouds will be blended with the original contents of the layer or selection. See the section on Blend Modes for more information.

Random Noise / Reseed randomizes the cloud function so a new pattern is created.

Example - Effects > Render > Clouds

Effects > Render > Clouds

Tip

To render Clouds in a single color, set the Secondary color's Alpha value to zero in the expanded Colors Window.  The clouds will be rendered in shades between the Primary color and transparent.

Effects Render Julia Fractal icon Julia Fractal

This effect renders a Julia fractal onto the layer or selection.

Note

The colors of this fractal are not configurable from within the effect dialog.

Factor determines the color saturation. Low settings generate a monochrome fractal while high settings increase the color's vividness.

Zoom is a scaling factor. Use this control to zoom in or out on the fractal, making it larger or smaller.

Angle rotates the fractal about the centre of the selection or layer.

Quality defines the amount of detail. Lower settings lend a jagged appearance to the fractal while higher settings give a smoother appearance.

Example -Effects > Render > Julia Fractal

Effects > Render > Julia Fractal

Effects Render Mandelbrot Fractal icon Mandelbrot Fractal

This effect renders the famous Mandelbrot fractal to the layer or selection.

Note

The colors of the fractal are not configurable from within the effect dialog except via the option to Invert the colors.

Factor determines the color saturation. Low settings generate a monochrome fractal while high settings increase the color's vividness.

Zoom is a scaling factor. Use this control to zoom in or out on the fractal, making it larger or smaller.

Angle rotates the fractal about the centre of the selection or layer.

Quality defines the amount of detail. Lower settings lend a jagged appearance to the fractal while higher settings give a smoother appearance.

Checking the ☑ Invert Colors checkbox has the same effect as applying Adjustments > Invert Colors. The colors will be swapped for their opposite on the color wheel.

Example - Effects > Render > Mandelbrot Fractal

Effects > Render > Mandelbrot Fractal