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Apply generator effects

The effects in the Generator category generate various objects and geometric patterns on your selected layer.

Apply a Checkerboard effect

The Checkerboard effect fills your selected layer with a checkerboard pattern.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Generator > Checkerboard (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Generator > Checkerboard.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Click the Color 1 color well to choose a color for one set of squares on the board. You can also hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard to quickly pick a color from the image.
    • Click the Color 2 color well to choose a color for the other set of squares on the board. You can also hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard to quickly pick a color from the image.
    • Move the Width slider to adjust the size of the squares in the pattern. You can also enter a value from 0.0 px to 800.0 px.
    • Move the Sharpness slider to adjust the sharpness of the squares. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
    • Move the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the pattern. Click the Opacity (Normal) pop-up menu to choose a different blend mode.
    • Move the handles of the effect rope to adjust the position of the checkerboard. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Checkerboard pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Stripes effect

The Stripes effect fills your selected layer with a customizable stripe pattern.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Generator > Stripes (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Generator > Stripes.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Click the Color 1 color well to choose a color for one set of stripes. You can also hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard to quickly pick a color from the image.
    • Click the Color 2 color well to choose a color for the other set of stripes. You can also hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard to quickly pick a color from the image.
    • Move the Width slider to adjust the width of the stripes in the pattern. You can also enter a value from 0.0 px to 800.0 px.
    • Move the Sharpness slider to adjust the sharpness of the stripes. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
    • Move the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the pattern. Click the Opacity (Normal) pop-up menu to choose a different blend mode.
    • Move the handles of the effect rope to adjust the position of the stripes. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Stripes pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Halo effect

The Halo effect adds a rainbow-colored, customizable halo on your selected layer.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Generator > Halo (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Generator > Halo.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Click the Color color well to choose a color — the color you choose controls how much of the colors red, green, and blue should be in the halo. Picking pure red will result in the halo having only red and so on. Pure white will mean the halo has an equal mix of red, green, and blue. You can also hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard to quickly pick a color from the image.
    • Move the Halo Radius slider to adjust the overall size of the halo. You can also enter a value from 0.0 px to 1000.0 px.
    • Move the Halo Width slider to adjust the overall width of the halo. You can also enter a value from 0.0 px to 300.0 px.
    • Move the Halo Overlap slider to adjust how much each of the red, green, and blue halos overlap. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
    • Move the Striation Strength slider to adjust the intensity of the colors in the halo. You can also enter a value from 0% to 300%.
    • Move the Striation Contrast slider to adjust the contrast of the colors in the halo. You can also enter a value from 0% to 500%.
    • Move the Time slider to regenerate the halo pattern. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
    • Move the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the halo. Click the Opacity (Normal) pop-up menu to choose a different blend mode.
    • Move the handles of the effect rope to adjust the position of the halo. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Halo pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Star effect

The Star effect generates a supernova-like starburst on your selected layer.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Generator > Star (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Generator > Star.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Click the Color color well to choose a color for the outer shell of the starburst. You can also hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard to quickly pick a color from the image.
    • Move the Radius slider to adjust the overall size of the star. You can also enter a value from 0.0 px to 300.0 px.
    • Move the Cross Scale slider to adjust the size of the cross pattern. You can also enter a value from 0% to 10000%.
    • Move the Cross Angle wheel to adjust the angle of the cross pattern. You can also enter a value from 0.0º to 359.9º.
    • Move the Cross Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the cross pattern. You can also enter a value from -800% to 0%.
    • Move the Cross Width slider to adjust the width of the cross pattern. You can also enter a value from 0% to 300%.
    • Move the Epsilon slider to adjust the length of the cross spikes. You can also enter a value from -800% to 0%.
    • Move the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the effect. Click the Opacity (Normal) pop-up menu to choose a different blend mode.
    • Move the handles of the effect rope to adjust the position of the star. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Star pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Sunbeams effect

The Sunbeams effect adds a customizable sun on your selected layer.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Generator > Sunbeams (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Generator > Sunbeams.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Click the Color color well to choose a color for the sun. You can also hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard to quickly pick a color from the image.
    • Move the Sun Radius slider to adjust the overall size of the sun. You can also enter a value from 0.0 px to 800.0 px.
    • Move the Maximum Striation Radius slider to adjust the size of the sunbeams. You can also enter a value from 0% to 1000%.
    • Move the Striation Strength slider to adjust the intensity of the sunbeams. You can also enter a value from 0% to 300%.
    • Move the Striation Contrast slider to adjust the contrast of the sunbeams. You can also enter a value from 0% to 500%.
    • Move the Time slider to regenerate the sun pattern. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
    • Move the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the sun. Click the Opacity (Normal) pop-up menu to choose a different blend mode.
    • Move the handles of the effect rope to adjust the position of the sun. If the effect rope isn’t visible, click the Edit button in the Tool Options pane.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Sunbeams pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Clouds effect

The Cloud effect generates a soft cloud pattern on your selected layer.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Generator > Clouds (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Generator > Clouds.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Click the Foreground Color color well to choose a color for the brightest areas of the clouds. You can also hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard to quickly pick a color from the image.
    • Click the Background Color color well to choose a color for shadow areas of the clouds. You can also hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard to quickly pick a color from the image.
    • Move the Width slider to adjust the size of the cloud pattern. You can also enter a value from 0% to 1000%.
    • Move the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the cloud pattern. Click the Opacity (Normal) pop-up menu to choose a different blend mode.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset your changes, click the Clouds pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

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