Yesterday we showed off how to configure the Rank MultiScale Filter image operation effect to build an intelligent smoothing filter that smooths an image while retaining sharp edges. We mentioned in yesterday’s post that like all Studio Artist image operation effects, by adjusting their editable parameters you can dramatically change the type of visual effect processing they generate. Today we’ll show a useful technique you can use to automatically generate mutated variations of any image operation effect.
All of the image examples at the top of the post were create using the Rank MultiScale Filter image operation effect, with different parameter settings. One approach to generating new effects is to manually adjust the various editable parameters associated with an image operation effect. You can then run the modified effect, and export a new image operation preset if you like the new effect.
Another fast approach to building new preset effects is to use Studio Artist’s automatic evolution features,which allow you to automatically generated mutated variations of effects at the touch of an active link command in the integrated Help Browser. The PaintSynth Evolution help page is primarily setup to provide access to editing commands that allow you to mutate and evolve new paint synthesizer presets. However, there are currently a number of additional active link commands in that help page that let you evolve new presets for operation modes other than the paint synthesizer.