Yesterday we showed one approach to automatically generating new image processing effects using active link commands in the integrated Help Browser that mutate new image operation effects at the touch of a button. Today we’ll show an alternative approach using Gallery Show features to do the same kind of thing.
All of the different images above are different variations of the Rank Edge Filter image operation effect. They are all examples of effects I generated automatically during a Gallery Show run.
Gallery Show is a really cool feature. It was originally conceived as a way to allow artists to build free running gallery art installations. Gallery Show can be configured to automatically run a series of random or constrained Studio Artist factory presets as an ever changing live art show. The idea being that you could setup a computer in an art gallery that would play an ever changing custom art show based on Studio Artist presets.
You can configure gallery show to work with various kind and organizations of Studio Artist preset combinations. Or you can have it evolve new preset variations while it is running. Gallery show can repeatably process a single source image, a random selection of source image from a specified source folder, or can process live video captures. At the end of a gallery show processing cycle the finished output image sits on the canvas for a specified number of seconds before a new gallery show processing cycle starts.
Additional controls allow for additional processing, like live auto-masking effects, and additional canvas effect treatments at the start of a gallery show cycle. An example of a secondary treatment might be randomly selecting and applying a water wash preset to the existing canvas before overdrawing with a random paint effect. Or something as simple just erasing the canvas before running the new gallery show cycle..
As Gallery Show developed over time, it quickly became apparent that it also provided a powerful way to automatically generate new presets. The approach we’ll take today is very similar to the one we took yesterday. We’ll be starting with a specific image operation effect, the Rank Edge Filter. And we want to generate a series of randomly mutated new preset effects based on this particular image operation. But rather than manually using the ‘generate random current ip op‘ help browser active link command we used yesterday, we’ll setup Gallery Show to do all of the work automatically.