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Render filters

    The Render filters create 3D shapes, cloud patterns, refraction patterns, and simulated light reflections in an image. You can also manipulate objects in 3D space, create 3D objects (cubes, spheres, and cylinders), and create texture fills from grayscale files to produce 3D-like effects for lighting.

    3D Transform

    Maps images to cubes, spheres, and cylinders, which you can then rotate in three dimensions. For more information, see Transforming objects in three dimensions.


    Generates a soft cloud pattern using random values that vary between the foreground and the background colors. To generate a more stark cloud pattern, hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) as you choose Filter> Render > Clouds.

    Difference Clouds

    Uses randomly generated values that vary between the foreground and back-ground color to produce a cloud pattern. The filter blends the cloud data with the existing pixels in the same way that the Difference mode blends colors. The first time you choose this filter, portions of the image are inverted in a cloud pattern. Applying the filter several times creates rib and vein patterns that resemble a marble texture.

    Lens Flare

    Simulates the refraction caused by shining a bright light into the camera lens. Specify a location for the center of the flare by clicking anywhere inside the image thumbnail or by dragging its cross hair.

    Lighting Effects

    Lets you produce myriad lighting effects on RGB images by varying 17 light styles, 3 light types, and 4 sets of light properties. You can also use textures from grayscale files (called bump maps) to produce 3D-like effects and save your own styles for use in other images.

    Texture Fill

    Fills a selection with a grayscale file or part of a file. To add the texture to the document or selection, you open the grayscale document you want to use as the texture fill.