Plasma layer

The background in the above screenshot is rendered with the plasma layer. The template comes with the installer.



What can I do with the plasma layer?

With the plasma layer you can create colourful animated backgrounds.


How do I create a 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 dropdown to make it the active layer.

Examples

The installer comes with shows demonstrating the possibilities of the plasma layer. Choose FILE > Open show... and select a show from the BluffTitler/Media/Shows/Plasma folder.

To quickly switch between your own shows and the ones that come with the installer, click on the Personal and App buttons in the upper right corner of the file dialog.

Blobs

With the 1st layer style dropdown you can set the plasma style.

This example uses the Blobs style.


Density & Radiation

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

The Radiation property controls the size of the elements.


Additive blending

Plasma layers are rendered with additive blending. This means that plasma layers are mixed.

This example uses 2 plasma layers.


Filter effect

In this example, the Effects/Filters/Circles effect is applied to the plasma layer.


Plasma textures

When you attach a plasma layer to another layer with the Attach plasma to active layer.. button, the plasma layer is used as its texture.

In this example the plasma layer is attached to a text layer.


Looping plasma layer

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

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

DurationSpeed
20.5
40.25
50.2
100.1

Plasma layer style 1

With the first layer style dropdown 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

Colour 1, 2, 3 and 4

Press <F3> for the 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.