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Surface Texture Engine

Surface Texture Engine (Effect)Original Image

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Author: Rick Duim

Filter Details

  • Downloads: 1295
  • Requires Filter Forge 4.0
  • Submitted: May 30, 2014
  • Usage Rank: High
  • Comments (1)


A filter that uses the lighting model to add surface texture to an image. Ten different channels + external images may be used to determine the "height" of the texture. Channels are set with the Internal Height Type control: 1-Desaturate (B&W), 2-Brightness, 3-Oversaturate, 4-RYGCBM Channels & 5-Hue. Type 3 and Type 4 heights have additional controls (Saturation and Color Channel) for height. External images may be tilled and MUST be square and preferably seamless. Enable Seamless Tiling for best results with external images.


surface, texture, lighting, height, hue, saturation, brightness, map, external image


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Filter Controls

  • Use External?
  • External Texture
  • Ext Texture Repeat
  • Internal Height Type
  • Type 3 Saturation
  • Type 4: RYGCBM
  • Texture Amount
  • Smooth Texture
  • Invert Height?
  • Reflectivity
  • Reflection Blur
  • Metallic
  • Brightness