One cool feature of Favorites categories is that you can combine together different operation mode presets into a single accessible category. This is useful for organizing different kinds of presets (like paint and image operation presets) that work together to build specific visual effects. Favorites categories can also be used to control Gallery Show processing in several different ways. Today’s post takes a look at using a custom preset Favorites category as a Start Cycle Option for a Gallery Show effect.
Gallery Show is a really versatile feature in Studio Artist 4. You can use Gallery Show in many different ways. The original idea behind Gallery Show was to provide a way to generate personalized self-running dynamic art shows in Studio Artist. So you could organize sets of custom presets that work together in interesting ways, and then use them with Gallery Show to build a custom dynamic ever changing art show. But you can also use Gallery Show to do things like automatically generate new mutated or randomized presets, generate collections of processed imagery, help you visualize what effects different operation modes or control panels are capable of generating, etc.
When Gallery Show is started (with the Action : Gallery Show menu command) it runs a series of processing cycles over and over until it is stopped (by pressing the spacebar key). Each Gallery Show cycle can choose a random preset, run it, wait for a period of time after finishing the effect, and then start a new cycle. There are a large number of different Gallery Show Techniques that determine the specific kind of processing that takes place in a Gallery Show cycle. The Techniques include random factory presets (like Paint, PASeq, MSG, etc). Techniques are also available to randomize operation mode settings (like Image Operation, Vectorizer, etc). Or to randomize the current Editor panel settings.
A Gallery Show processing cycle can also include a Start Cycle Option, which is additional processing that happens at the start of each gallery show cycle before the main Technique processing effect for the cycle takes place. The Start Cycle Option could be as simple as erasing the canvas before running the next gallery show cycle. A more interesting Start Cycle Option is to choose a random preset from the current Favorites category, run it on the canvas, and then run the main gallery show Technique processing.
We previously discussed using a custom preset Favorites category with a random vectorizer Gallery Show. This previous post described using a custom water wash Favorites category for a gallery show Start Cycle Option, in combination with a Random Vectorizer Technique. So the gallery show processing would first run a water wash effect on the existing canvas, and then apply the output of a random vectorizer effect to the canvas in a single gallery show cycle. The combination of the start cycle processing and the technique processing over time can lead to build up of really interesting visual effects. The challenge is to design the custom Favorites category and the Technique processing so that they work together to build up an interesting visual effect style.
For today’s post, I used a Factory Paint setting for the Technique, in combination with a Random setting for the Technique Scan Option. This Technique will randomly pick a different factory paint preset for each cycle of gallery show processing.