Plasma layer

Choose Layer > Add Layer > Add Plasma Layer... to create a new plasma layer.

Choose Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Plasma to active Layer... to attach a new plasma layer to the active layer.

The new plasma layer can be selected from the Layers listbox to make it the active layer.

With the plasma layer you can create hypnotizing, psychedelic, animating backgrounds.

Looping Animation

You can make the plasma layer seamlessly looping by adapting the show duration to the plasma speed. For example when using a show duration of 10 seconds and a plasma speed of 0.1 it loops seamlessly. The formula is:

Show Duration * Plasma Speed = 1

Show Duration is the duration of the show in seconds that you can set with the File > Set Show Duration... menu item. Plasma Speed is the Speed property of the plasma layer. Here are some examples:

Show DurationPlasma Speed
20.5
40.25
50.2
100.1
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Plasma types

With the first layer listbox you can set the plasma type.

This example uses the Blobs type.


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Density

With the Density property you can set the amount of plasma elements.


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Additive Blending

Plasma layers are rendered with additive blending. This means that you can create complex effects by using multiple plasma layers.


Plasma layer effect 1

With the first layer listbox you can set the plasma type. The current version features the following effects:

Vertical Gradient

Double Vertical Gradient

Horizontal Gradient

Radial Gradient

Blobs

Lines

Horizontal Lines

Vertical Lines

Line Segments

Circles

Triangles

Rectangles

Tunnel

Spiral

Rays

Copper List

Fractal Cloud

White Noise

Plasma layer properties

Position

The position of the plasma layer

1st, 2nd, 3th and 4th Colour

Press <F3> for a standard colour dialog.

Gradient Power

This controls the shape of the colour gradient

Density

The amount of plasma elements.

Speed

The speed of the plasma elements.

Radiation

The radiation of the plasma elements.

Wavelength

The wave length of the radiation.

Random Seed

The plasma elements are positioned randomly. You can use this property to use other random positions.