updated on 27 February 2019 | reading time: 5 minutes

Effects

Adjust Group of Effects

The Adjust Group is a powerful way to change the appearance of the images. It contains eleven effects to change the properties of the background.

Adjust effect's group

With the effects in this group, you can recolor, boost the contrast, apply the texture or pick up an Instagram like preset.

Color Adjust

Color adjust effect

You might or might not be familiar with the HSB (hue, saturation, brightness) color system, but it is go-to if you want to recolor the object in any design editor.
The Color Adjust effect employ this system perfectly putting it together with the contrast in the one neat easy to use interface.

Color adjust interface

The Color Adjust allows you to control four parameters through the sliders:

  1. Brightness
  2. Contrast
  3. Hue
  4. Saturation

Each slider is centered, so you can go either side to add up or subtract the value.

Color adjust in action

Recolor Effect

Recolor effect thumbnail

The paradox of our mind is that the more choices you have the less likely you are going to choose. So if you up to a small task of recoloring the image or robbing more or less color from it, the Recolor effect is the best bet. It offers only two sliders with the handle on the right side.

Recolor slider

Oppose to the Color Adjust, it recolors an object from the very beginning.

Recolor effect in action

Overlay Effect

The overlay effect adds another fill on top of the object.

Overlay effect

By default, it is a black-to-white linear gradient. The white gradient stop has 0% of opacity value.

default overlay effect

You can change the overlay’s fill value by clicking on the eyedropper tool. You will bring up a usual Gravit’s color picker interface.

Overlay effect's color picker

Use the Transparency text field to set up the transparency of the overlay.

Transparency text field

Toggle Blend radio slider on to combine the object with the overlay. The result fusion inherits the background of the object and transparency of the overlay effect.

Blend radio button

This is how you can make a transparency mask for the object. For more about transparency masks, please, read this article.

Opacity mask - overlay effect

Halftone Effect

Halftone effect thumbnail

Halftone is a technique of using dots to simulate a gradient or tone. Gravit Designer equipped with the powerful halftone effect and you can fine tune it using several options under the effect’s interface:
Halftone effect interface

  1. Center X slider(1) moves dots horizontally
    Halftone effect
  2. Center Y slider(2) moves dots vertically
    Halftone effect
  3. Angle slider(3) to rotate them up to the 90º 0r 1.57rad (π/2)
    Halftone angle
  4. Size slider(4) to scale the dots up and down

Halftone size

Note: the halftone effect in Gravit Designer is very smart. It recognizes the amount of brightness for each pixel and scatters the dots accordingly

Denoise Effect

Denoise effect thumbnail

The Denoise effect reduces the amount of noise from the object, thus helping the grainy objects to appear more smooth.

You can drug the exponent slider to control the intensity of the effect. A high value of the exponent leaves more details, low exponent value makes the image more smooth and blurry.

Denoise exponent slider

Noise Effect

Noise effect thumbnail

The Noise effect makes an image noisy. It is perfect for grain textures.

Noise effect grainy texture

You can control the intensity of the effect by dragging the amount slider. The higher the amount the more grainy the image would be.

amount slider

Sepia Effect

Sepia effect in Gravit Designer

The Sepia is an old technique of warming black and white photos. Adding a warm tone helps photos to appear brighter and to last longer.

Sepia effect before and after

The Sepia effect makes an image monochromatic and warm. You can control the intensity of the effect by dragging the amount slider.

amount slider

Unsharp Mask

Unsharp mask effect in Gravit Designer

The name of this technique is a bit confusing, because, eventually, it makes images sharper.

Unsharp effect before and after

The Unsharp mask uses a blurred (unsharp) duplicate of the object to create a mask for the original one. Math equations applied to their blend makes the original image sharper.

Unsharp mask effect interface

Use the strenght slider(1) to control the intensity of the effect.

The radius slider(2) helps you to specify the number of details. A small radius preserves fine details of the image.

A higher radius creates halos at the edges reducing the number of details.

Unsharp mask high and low radius

Vibrance Effect

Vibrance effect in Gravit

The Vibrance effect is looking for pixels with low saturation and boosts only them. Think about the vibrance as a “smart saturation”, because:

Vibrance amount example

  • the vibrance increases the saturation of only low-saturated pixels
  • it preserves the skin tones from becoming overly saturated and unnatural

You can control the intensity of the effect via the amount slider.

amount slider

Tip: The vibrance effect is your best bet when you are looking for subtle changes in the saturation. It would never wash the colors out of the photo and would never spill too much of them on the image.

Bloom Effect

Bloom effect in Gravit Designer

The Bloom effect enhances the edges of the light source, so they start bleeding beyond the natural borders. If this sounds too difficult, let me explain it with five words: “It makes images to glow”.

Bloom glow example

So why it is a bloom effect but not a glow? The bloom is focused on edges, making them excessively bright. It was designed to emulate the real-world light, that overwhelms a camera or a human eye.

Bloom effect example

The bloom effect is equipped with the six sliders helping you to fine-tune each and every aspect of the effect:

Bloom Interface

  1. Bloom int. controls the brightness of the effect
  2. Base int. controls the brightness of the original object
  3. Bloom sat. controls the saturation of the bloom effect
  4. Base sat. controls the saturation of the original object
  5. Blur radius controls the intensity of the blur
  6. Bloom thre. defines a minimal value of luminosity of pixels to be enhanced by bloom effect.

Color Grading

Color Grading effect in Gravit Designer

The Color grading effect allows you to apply a coloring presets by using a simple interface. You can pick up a predefined preset from the dropdown(1) or upload your preset(2) into the format of the .acv file.

Color grading presets

Tip: ACV stands for Adobe Curve File and can be created by manipulating of the curves in Photoshop or Lightroom. If you don’t have access to these editors, don’t worry, there are a lot of the free curve presets in the web.