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Sands of Time

This is one of over 5964 effects generated by Filter Forge, a Photoshop plugin that allows you to create your own filters.

This effect:

  • can be easily altered;
  • offers up to 30,000 variations;
  • can be applied to any source image in Photoshop.

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Author: Crapadilla

Filter Details

  • Editor's Pick
  • Downloads: 17277
  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2008
  • Usage Rank: High
  • Comments (48)


"Ancient secrets lie shrouded, buried by the passing of the ages and the ever-shifting sands of time..."This effect filter buries your image under the sands. Usable for buried artifacts, ancient reliefs, fossils and other underground revelations. True visual archaeology!Tips:- The relief 'height' is generated from either the hue, saturation or brightness channel of the source image. The white areas of each channel are excavated first. The Brightness Channel will yield the best results usually.- Use 'Relief Smoothness' to control the height detail generated from the source image.- Set 'Flatten Relief' to a value of 100 if you don't want the filter to apply any relief height to the excavated parts of your source image.- If you want finer grain and more dune detail, tune down the Size slider.


sand ground floor dirt dunes dust desert buried artifact fossil ancient aged old grain relief excavate excavation dig site stone rock


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Filter Controls

  • Relief Channel (HSB)
  • Sand Color
  • Excavate
  • Sand Pattern Scale
  • Sand Pattern Stretch
  • Sand Pattern Angle
  • Relief Smoothness
  • Flatten Relief