Sapphire Plug-ins for After Effects: TextureLoops

S_TextureLoops

Creates an abstract texture of overlapping loop shapes. Three sets of shapes can be separately adjusted, colored, and then combined together. The Phase Speed parameter causes the pattern to automatically change over time.

In the Sapphire Render effects submenu.


Inputs:

Background: The current layer. The clip to combine the texture image with. This may be ignored if the Combine option is set to Texture Only.

Mask: Defaults to None. Interpolate between the result and the Source input. White areas use the result of the effect. Black areas use the Source clip.

Parameters:

Load Preset: Push-button .
Brings up the Preset Browser to browse all available presets for this effect.

Save Preset: Push-button .
Brings up the Preset Save dialog to save a preset for this effect.

Mocha Project: Default: 0, Range: 0 or greater.
Brings up the Mocha window for tracking footage and generating masks.

Blur Mocha: Default: 0, Range: 0 or greater.
Blurs the Mocha Mask by this amount before using. This can be used to soften the edges or quantization artifacts of the mask, and smooth out the time displacements.

Mocha Opacity: Default: 1, Range: 0 to 1.
Controls the strength of the Mocha mask. Lower values reduce the intensity of the effect.

Invert Mocha: Check-box,  Default: off.
If enabled, the black and white of the Mocha Mask are inverted before applying the effect.

Resize Mocha: Default: 1, Range: 0 to 2.
Scales the Mocha Mask. 1.0 is the original size.

Resize Rel X: Default: 1, Range: 0 to 2.
The relative horizontal size of the Mocha Mask.

Resize Rel Y: Default: 1, Range: 0 to 2.
The relative vertical size of the Mocha Mask.

Shift Mocha: X & Y,   Default: [0 0], Range: any.
Offsets the position of the Mocha Mask.

Bypass Mocha: Check-box,  Default: off.
Ignore the Mocha Mask and apply the effect to the entire source clip.

Show Mocha Only: Check-box,  Default: off.
Bypass the effect and show the Mocha Mask itself.

Combine Masks: Popup menu,  Default: Union .
Determines how to combine the Mocha Mask and Input Mask when both are supplied to the effect.
Union: Uses the area covered by both masks together.
Intersect: Uses the area that overlaps between the two masks.
Mocha Only: Ignore the Input Mask and only use the Mocha Mask.

Frequency: Default: 3, Range: 0.01 or greater.
The spatial frequency of the texture. Increase to zoom out, decrease to zoom in.

Frequency Rel X: Default: 1, Range: 0.01 or greater.
The relative horizontal frequency of the texture. Increase to stretch it vertically or decrease to stretch it horizontally.

Loop Freq: Default: 4, Range: 1 or greater.
Frequency of the loops within the noise patterns. Increase for more concentric loops, decrease for fewer.

Phase Start: Default: 0, Range: any.
The phase of the ring loops. Shifts inwards or outwards.

Phase Speed: Default: 0.1, Range: any.
The automatic change in phase over time.

Seed: Default: 1, Range: 0 or greater.
Used to initialize the random number generator. The actual seed value is not significant, but different seeds give different results and the same value should give a repeatable result.

Thickness: Default: 0.1, Range: -1 to 2.
Controls the thickness of the loops.

Softness: Default: 0.2, Range: 0.01 or greater.
The softness of the edges of the loop shapes. Increase for smoother edges or to reduce aliasing.

Smooth: Default: 0, Range: 0 or greater.
Amount to blur the loop shapes before combining. Increase for a defocus look, or to help remove aliasing artifacts.

Shift: X & Y,   Default: [0 0], Range: any.
Translation offset of the texture. Since the texture is procedurally generated it can be shifted with no repeating units or seams occurring.

Brightness1: Default: 1, Range: 0 or greater.
Scales the brightness of Color1. Increase for more contrast.

Color1: Default rgb: [1 1 1].
The color of the 'brighter' parts of the texture. The colors of the result are determined by an interpolation between Color0 and Color1.

Color0: Default rgb: [0 0 0].
The color of the 'darker' parts of the texture.

Offset0: Default: 0, Range: any.
Adds this value to color0. Decrease to a negative value for more contrast.

Saturation: Default: 1, Range: any.
Scales the color saturation. Increase for more intense colors. Set to 0 for monochrome.

Loops1 Freq: Default: 1, Range: 0.01 or greater.
Relative frequency of the first set of loops.

Loops2 Freq: Default: 1, Range: 0.01 or greater.
Relative frequency of the second set of loops.

Loops3 Freq: Default: 1, Range: 0.01 or greater.
Relative frequency of the third set of loops.

Loops1 Thick: Default: 0, Range: -1 to 1.
Adds this amount to the thickness of the first set of loops.

Loops2 Thick: Default: 0, Range: -1 to 1.
Adds this amount to the thickness of the second set of loops.

Loops3 Thick: Default: 0, Range: -1 to 1.
Adds this amount to the thickness of the third set of loops.

Loops1 Bright: Default: 1, Range: 0 or greater.
Scales the brightness of the first set of loops. Set to zero to remove them.

Loops2 Bright: Default: 1, Range: 0 or greater.
Scales the brightness of the second set of loops. Set to zero to remove them.

Loops3 Bright: Default: 1, Range: 0 or greater.
Scales the brightness of the third set of loops. Set to zero to remove them.

Loops1 Color: Default rgb: [1 1 1].
Color of the first set of loops.

Loops2 Color: Default rgb: [1 1 1].
Color of the second set of loops.

Loops3 Color: Default rgb: [1 1 1].
Color of the third set of loops.

Invert: Check-box,  Default: off.
If enabled, the resulting texture colors are inverted. This is similar to swapping Color0 and Color1.

Combine Loops: Popup menu,  Default: Diff .
Operation used to combine the colors of the three sets of loops.
Add: adds them together.
Screen: uses a screen transfer mode to combine them.
Diff: uses a difference operator to combine them.
Comp: composites the second over the third, and the first over that.

Bg Brightness: Default: 1, Range: 0 or greater.
The background brightness is scaled by this value before being combined with the texture.

Combine: Popup menu,  Default: Texture Only .
Determines how the texture is combined with the Background.
Texture Only: gives only the texture image with no Background.
Mult: the texture is multiplied by the Background.
Add: the texture is added to the Background.
Screen: the texture is blended with the Background using a screen operation.
Difference: the result is the difference between the texture and Background.
Overlay: the texture is combined with the Background using an overlay function.

Input Opacity: Popup menu,  Default: Normal .
Determines the method used for dealing with opacity/transparency.
All Opaque: Use this option to render slightly faster when the input image is fully opaque with no transparency (alpha=1).
Normal: Process opacity normally.
As Premult: Process as if the image is already in premultiplied form (colors have been scaled by opacity). This option also renders slightly faster than Normal mode, but the results will also be in premultiplied form, which is sometimes less correct.

Output Opacity: Popup menu,  Default: Copy From Input .
Determines the opacity/transparency of the result. This effect does not process the opacity (alpha channel) of its input but it can either copy the opacity from the input, or output a fully opaque result.
All Opaque: Makes the result fully opaque with no transparency.
Copy From Input: Copies the opacity/transparency from the current layer given to this effect.

Mask Use: Popup menu,  Default: Luma .
Determines how the Mask input channels are used to make a monochrome mask.
Luma: the luminance of the RGB channels is used.
Alpha: only the Alpha channel is used.

Blur Mask: Default: 0.05, Range: 0 or greater.
Blurs the Matte input by this amount before using. This can provide a smoother transition between the matted and unmatted areas. It has no effect unless the Matte input is provided.

Invert Mask: Check-box,  Default: off.
If on, inverts the Matte input so the effect is applied to areas where the Matte is black instead of white. This has no effect unless the Matte input is provided.


See Also:

TextureFolded
TextureWeave
TexturePlasma
TextureNoiseEmboss
TextureNoisePaint
TextureSpots
TextureCells
TextureChromaSpiral
TextureMoire
TextureTiles
TextureNeurons
TextureFlux
WipeBlobs
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