PI8 Texture Filter
Adding a texture to an image is easier than ever before with the new Texture Filter. You can apply one of the textures that ship with PI8, or one of your own textures, as I did in the image below.
Open the photo in the work space. Choose Effect, Material Effect, Texture Filter. when the Texture Filter dialog box opens, you can select an Effect from the preset texture thumbnails on the bottom left of the dialog box. If you click on a thumbnail, you'll see its Effect applied in the Preview window.
In the lower right corner are key frame controls for Texture Filter animations (this tutorial doesn't include an animation).
In the upper right corner of the dialog box you can tweak Effect Parameters. If you click the down arrow for "Texture image," you can select a texture from a selection of preset textures (including any you've added), add a texture or delete a texture.
To use your own texture, select "Add Texture." Doing so accesses the Open dialog box. Browse to and select the texture you want to use. Once you add this texture, it will be available in the future if you choose "Select Texture."
The texture you've selected now appears in the Parameters section of the dialog box. However, the Parameters themselves are a bit too powerful for this small photo, wiping out much of the detail. To tweak the Texture Filter effect, edit the Parameters as shown below.
Scaling increases or decreases the size of the texture's pattern. By making the Scaling value smaller, the pattern becomes more fine-grained. Editing Level affects the strength of the texture, with higher values yielding a glassier look. Smoothness is pretty self-explanatory. Higher values create a smoother look, while lower values are bumpier looking. I left the Smoothness at its default.
After you edit Parameters, you can elect to save the Texture Filter preset to your EasyPalette. Click the Add button in the dialog box. Choose "Add Image" to open the Add to EasyPalette dialog box. Give the preset a name and save it to My Gallery. Next time you want to use it, you only have to double click on its thumbnail to apply the Texture Filter. Now just click OK to apply the Texture Filter effect.
You will likely want to experiment with the Parameters for the preset Effects too. Some really lovely painted looks can result from artful editing of the Parameters. For example, this effect:
Was created by tweaking the Stone Effect Parameters as shown below.
This tutorial uploaded 10/2/02
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