Channel Combiner

The Channel Combiner effect extracts, displays, and adjusts channel values for a layer. This effect is one of the most interesting effects and it is hard to fully understand what it does. Channel Combiner offers several distinctly different useful functions. One, it’s a great Channel shifter. You can move information between Color and Luminance channels. It’s…

CC Composite

Composite is meant to be used in conjunction with other effects applied before Composite. To use Composite, apply an effect/effects to the layer, apply Composite and select composite method. Controls Opacity: Use this control to determine the transparency of the original source layer in the composite. Composite Original: Use this pop-up menu to select which…

Calculations

The Calculations effect combines channels of one layer with the channels of a second layer. Input Channel: The channel to extract and use as input to the blending operation. RGBA displays all channels normally. Gray converts all color channel values for a pixel to the luminance value of the original pixel. Red, Green, or Blue…

Blend

The Blend effect blends two layers using one of five modes. You can blend layers more easily and quickly using blending modes, but you can’t animate blending modes. The advantage of using the Blend effect is that you can animate it. (See Blending modes and layer styles.)   John Dickinson explains the use of the…

Arithmetic

The Arithmetic effect performs various simple mathematical operations on the red, green, and blue channels of an image. Operator: The operation to perform between the value you specify for each channel and the existing value of that channel for each pixel in the image: And, Or, and Xor: Apply bitwise logical operations. Add, Subtract, Multiply,…

Unsharp Mask

The Unsharp Mask effect increases the contrast between colors that define an edge. Radius: The distance from the edge at which pixels are adjusted for contrast. If you specify a low value, only pixels near the edge are adjusted. Threshold: The greatest difference between adjacent pixels for which contrast isn’t adjusted. A lower value produces…

Smart Blur

The Smart Blur effect blurs an image while preserving lines and edges within the image. For example, you can use the Smart Blur effect to smoothly blur shaded areas while retaining crisp outlines of text and vector graphics. This has a unique effect, and can help remove lines and can also create great black and…

Sharpen

The Sharpen effect increases the contrast where color changes occur. The quality setting of the layer doesn’t affect Sharpen. This effect can help fix subtle blurs in your images, so you can still get some details out of your images, but do not over do it, it just becomes bad then. Adjust the amount to…

Reduce Interlace Flicker

The Reduce Interlace Flicker effect reduces high vertical frequencies to make images more suitable for use in an interlaced medium (such as NTSC video). For example, images with thin horizontal lines can flicker when broadcast. Reduce Interlace Flicker applies a vertical directional blur to soften horizontal edges to reduce the flickering. Up the amount to…

Radial Blur

The Radial Blur effect creates blurs around a point, simulating the result of a zooming or rotating camera. Amount: Adjusts the intensity of the blur. Center: Changes the origin of the blur, will remain relatively sharp for the blur.     Type: Rotate simulates the camera being rotated, whereas the zoom replicates the camera zooming…

Gaussian Blur

The Gaussian Blur effect blurs and softens the image and eliminates noise. The quality setting of the layer doesn’t affect Gaussian Blur. This is actually not as useful as the fast blur effect as the effect can’t be adjusted to repeat edge pixels.

Fast Blur

The simplest blur available, and also the blur that renders quickest. Simply turn up the blur. When quality is set to best, it has a similarity to gaussian blur. Amount: Adjusts the blur for the image. Blur Dimensions: Allows for just horizontal or just vertical blur, as well as combined. Repeat Edge Pixels: This will…