8.13.  Ripple

8.13.1.  Overview

Figure 16.136.  Ripple” filter example

Ripple filter example

Original image

Ripple filter example

Filter “Ripple” applied

You can find this filter through FiltersDistotrtsRipple.

It displaces the pixels of the active layer or selection to waves or ripples reminding a reflection on disturbed water.

8.13.2.  Options

Figure 16.137.  Ripple” filter options

Ripple filter options


The result of your settings will appear in the Preview without affecting the image until you click on OK.


Antialiasing: This improves the scaled look the image borders may have.

Retain Tileability

Retain Tileability: This preserves the seamless properties if your image is a tile pattern.


That's the Horizontal or Vertical direction of waves.


Because ripples cause pixel displacement, some pixels may be missing on the image sides:

  • With Wrap, pixels going out one side will come back on the other side, replacing so the missing pixels.

  • With Smear, the adjacent pixels will spread out to replace the mixing pixels.

  • With Black, the missing pixels will be replaced by black pixels.

Wave Type

These options are self-explanatory

  • Sawtooth

  • Sine


The Period is related to wavelength (0-200 pixels)


The Amplitude is related to wave height (0-200 pixels).