WindyPixel Tutorial

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WindyPixel is a very powerful plugin, it allows you to create many different effects, such as:

 

In contrast to other filters, WindyPixel doesn’t use generic FX presets: each new image may lead to the unique result. That’s why it gives you a great opportunity to made your own experiments.

Download WindyPixel.
How to install?

Here is my method of work with WindyPixel, but you can find your own:

  1. Select the working mode in the top of the window: Wind or Gravity.
  2. Mark the Random Options you want to try. The default is Controls and Blend, it is good to start with them.
  3. Press the Random button, you will see that something weird happened with the image and controls, but this is quite normal. Just keep pushing Random until preview will be interesting enough.
  4. Then, go to H-Boost and V-Boost controls, and change them manually to improve the result. You can also work directly with A,B,C and X,Y,Z controls.
  5. Try to experiment with Acid FX by changing Acid Noise and Color Shift rulers.
  6. Finally, try to get through other Blending Modes and select the best of them, then adjust the opacity by the ruler below.
  7. If you’ve gone too far with experiments and have no idea about what’s going on the screen, just press the Reset button and you will return to the start of journey.

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As you can see, it’s pretty simple to use. But what’s the purpose of all these buttons and scrollbars? Here’s a brief explanation.

  • Wind mode smears pixels down the line, Gravity mode compresses and stretches them.
  • A,B,C controls the horizontal slide of pixels, each work with its own color channel.
  • H-Boost controls the power of slide or compression/expansion.
  • X,Y,Z controls the vertical slide of pixels, each work with its own color channel.
  • V-Boost controls the power of slide or compression/expansion.
  • Mass button activates the weight of the pixels, makes them more inert.
  • Soft button activates soft blur, you can turn it off to see rough pixelstorm.
  • Random button sets random values to the elements specified in the Random Options section.
  • Acid Noise ruler adds to the image the particles of rainbow colors, which smoothing a sharp color transitions.
  • Color Shift ruler creates a multi-colored aura around the objects at the image.
  • Blending section contains the list of modes, such as “Normal”, “Overlay”, “Multiply” and so on. It’s too boring to talk about each of them, just play with it and you will understand the meaning. It is only worth to say that the blending occurs between distorted and source image.
  • Opacity ruler below the blending mode sets the transparency of distorted layer.
  • Alpha Mode allows to cut the pixels which out-of-borders of the screen. It has the effect only when image layer is NOT background.

If you have any questions regarding the filter, please contact me. I would be grateful for feedback.

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