Plasma layer

The background in the above screenshot is rendered with a few plasma layers. The template used is from BixPack 27.

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 as colourmap

Click on the Attach plasma to active layer.. button. The 1st texture is now replaced by the plasma layer.


Plasma as displacementmap

There are 2 ways to use a plasma layer as a displacementmap:
1) Attach a plasma layer to a picture layer that is using the Displacementmap effect.
2) Render the plasma layer as a child of a colourmap layer and use this colourmap layer as the displacementmap in a picture or landscape layer that is using a displacementmap effect.

For the best quality, select the HDR displacementmap style in the 2nd dropdown of the plasma layer. Make sure to use the HDR style in the colourmap layer as well.


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 style. The current version features the following styles:

Solid


Vertical gradient


Double Vertical gradient


Horizontal gradient


Radial gradient


Blobs


Spots


Lines


Horizontal lines


Vertical lines


Line segments


Circles


Triangles


Rectangles


Tunnel


Spiral


Rays


Copper list


Fractal cloud


Perlin noise


White noise


Plasma layer style 2

LDR colourmap

The plasma layer generates an LDR colourmap texture.


HDR displacementmap

The plasma layer generates an HDR displacementmap texture.


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.


Start time

This sets the simulation time in seconds at the start of the show. This can be used to immediately jump to a nice effect without having to create a long show.


Radiation

The radiation of the plasma elements. The 1st slider controls the minimum and the 2nd the maximum radiation.


Wavelength

The wave length of the radiation.


Border size

The size of the border.


Random seed

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