Nature Notes

November 15, 2010

Fun with Pixel Bender

Filed under: Graphic,Processing Tips,Reviews,Video — Tags: , , , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Adobe offers a free plugin called Pixel Bender which allows filters to be written and run on a number of their products. These effects may be run in Photoshop, After Effects and Flash.

You can download the plug-in for PS CS4 at Adobe and for PS CS5 at Adobe. You can find free filters to run at Pixel Bender Exchange. Some of my favorites follow:


The Droste Effect

The Droste effect is where an image has a smaller image of itself which has another smaller image of itself, and so on. It is named after a cocoa manufacturer who used it on their package labeling. There are settings that can also give you more extreme abstract views.

Droste effect bridge

Gold Starfish

Gold Starfish

The Crystal

The Crystal

Future Shop

Future Shop

Time Lost

Time Lost

RippleBlock Effect

The effect to defaults make ripples in the image. I think it gives the most interesting results by increasing the amplitude in the x and y axis to about three time the defaults.

Pixel Bender Plug In (RippleBlocks effect)

Pixel Bender Plug In (RippleBlocks effect)

Morning Already

Morning Already

Clock

Clock

Alien Schematic

Alien Schematic

Stenographics

This effect creates some stunning burst patterns from images. Images with bold colors seem to work best.

Gone Nova

Gone Nova

Little Red Bike

Little Red Bike


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8 Comments »

  1. Fantastic effects. Thanks for sharing, Harold. I may try the Droste effect – I remember the advertisement. Brings back distant memories. Anyway I also looked at your vimeos of the Owlets and the Red-tailed Hawk – I marvel how you captured those.

    Comment by Hilke Breder — November 15, 2010 @ 7:17 am

  2. Some interesting effects there. My favourite has to be the Droste Effect though.

    Comment by Keith — November 15, 2010 @ 8:47 am

  3. Very interesting effects – now I have vertigo! 🙂

    Comment by Andy — November 15, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

  4. Awesome! I love the “ripple rocks” one! Looks like a cityscape!

    Comment by Nicole MacP — November 15, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

  5. Thanks Hilke,

    Most of the half decent shots I get of raptors are from my car, they seem to ignore it a lot.

    Comment by Harold — November 21, 2010 @ 12:10 am

  6. Thanks Keith,

    The Droste is the most interesting I think

    Comment by Harold — November 21, 2010 @ 12:15 am

  7. Thanks Andy!

    Comment by Harold — November 21, 2010 @ 12:20 am

  8. Thanks Nicole, it is a cityscape of torontos center.

    Comment by Harold — November 21, 2010 @ 12:21 am

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