5.13. Value Propagate

5.13.1. Overview

Afbeelding 17.81. Example for the Value Propagate filter

Example for the Value Propagate filter

Original image

Example for the Value Propagate filter

Filter Value Propagate applied

This filter works on color borders. It spreads pixels that differ in a specified way from their neighboring pixels.

5.13.2. Activating the Filter

This filter is found in the main menu under FiltersDistortsValue Propagate….

5.13.3. Options

Afbeelding 17.82. Value propagate filter options

“Value propagate” filter options

Presets, Input Type, Clipping, Blending Options, Preview, Split view
[Opmerking] Opmerking

Deze opties staan beschreven in Paragraaf 2, “Algemene Eigenschappen”.


The examples will be about the following image:

More white (larger value)

Pixels will be propagated from upper value pixels towards lower value pixels. So bright areas will enlarge.

Afbeelding 17.83. More white

More white

Bright pixels have been propagated to dark pixels in the four directions: top, bottom, right and left. Filter applied several times to increase effect.

More black (smaller value)

Pixels will be propagated from lower value pixels towards upper value pixels. So dark areas will enlarge.

Afbeelding 17.84. More black

More black

Afbeelding 17.85. To bottom only

To bottom only

The same as above with To bottom direction only checked.

Middle value to peaks

On a border between the selected thresholds, the average of both values is propagated.

Afbeelding 17.86. Middle value to peaks

Middle value to peaks

A thin border with a transitional color has been added to objects. It is not visible around objects with smoothed borders.

Middle value to peaks

Green area zoomed x800. A thin border (one pixel wide) has been added. Its value is the average between gray (90%) and green (78%): (90 + 78) / 2 = 84.

Color to peaks

The propagated areas will be filled with the foreground color of the toolbox.

A color selector opens, with a color picker.

Afbeelding 17.87. Color to peaks

Color to peaks

In this example, the selected color is Red. A thin border, one pixel wide, red, is added around objects. With smoothed objects, this border is located at the furthest limit of smoothing. Here, another border appears inside. This is an artifact due to the small size of the object which makes the smoothing area of opposite sides to overlap.

Only color

Only areas with the selected color will propagate. With this option, soft and fuzzy edges don't propagate well.

Afbeelding 17.88. Only color

Only color

In this example, the selected color is that of the green object. After applying filter several times, the green area is clearly enlarged.

More opaque, More transparent

These commands work like More white and More black. Opaque (transparent) areas will be propagated over less opaque (transparent) areas. These commands need an image with an alpha channel.

Afbeelding 17.89. More opaque

More opaque

Original layer, with a transparent background.

More opaque

Filter applied several times: the green, opaque, area got increased.

Lower threshold, Upper threshold

A pixel will be propagated (spread) if the difference in value between the pixel and its neighbor is no smaller than the lower threshold and no larger than the upper threshold.

Propagating rate

That's the propagating amount. The higher it will be the more colored the propagation will be.

To top, To left, To right, To bottom

You can select one or more directions.

Propagating value channel

If checked, the pixel's color channels (gray channel on grayscaled images) will be propagated. The option is checked by default, of course.

Propagating alpha channel

If checked, the pixel alpha value will be propagated, otherwise the pixel will get the alpha of the neighboring pixels.

5.13.4. Using Value Propagate

Left: Original. Middle: More white. Right: More black.