11 12 2010

Yesterday i found randomly this software called pixelmator. Iam not a big fun of photo editor softwares, i mean i use thenif i really need t, but this one has a couple of advantages. First of all it is compatible with quartz composer, lets say with the ´image unites´ and ´qtz´ files formatted in the right way. Thats an interesting point for me. In the last couple of months i produced a lot of digital pictures with quartz composer, now i know how to export a higher resolution image, but this solution is even better, for example the possibility to select just a part of the picture and to modify it.


let me explain how it worked for me:

1. first lets create a whatever you want filter,it can be a simple process or you can involve a more complex tool. The most important thing is to have an image input and an image output. So for this case it is better to use the ´image filter´ template when you start QC. You will see the two required nodes (image input, image output). If you use something complex (for example 3d object) the you need to put the renderer in an ´Render in Image´ node.

2. if everything is fine, and both of the required image nodes connected, then you will see that idiot yellow flower as a test picture within the process of your filter. If you want to define the category of your filter, then go to ´editor´ menu in QC and then choose the ´edit protocol conformance´.Save your composition somewhere, doesnt matter where, because you have to move anyway. The destination folder is just accessible by copying files, no direct save.

3. The destination folder is in your ´system-library-composition´. Copy the stuff there, and start the ´pixelmator´. The filter will be on the right place.

4. if you have something what is moving, but you want to use a non moving filter, then the solution should be to make an external timebase.

5. All parameter can be published, just as in VDMX.

here are my first trials (both are from PXN_filter stuff):

other advantages: cheaper then photoshop, and as i´ve seen with almost the same power. I like the style of the interface. And a lot of new file formats.

and many more, but i would like to talk about two very (glitch) friendly file formats:

1. ´WebP´ image is a smaller file but working very well with databending, the result is a kind of datamoshed image. Good tolerance.

this picture is a photo with extreme strong colors, exported as ´WebP´, made a strong databend, then read back to pixelmator, and exported as a tiff.

2. DCX file format, what is  a ZSoft (?) IPM PC (??) multi-page Paintbrush image. Interesting, because after a light databend it looses a part of the background.

thats it.







6 responses

13 12 2010

nice approach! i’m also happy that you found this one, because it is developed by lithuanian guys..) i have to admit i haven’t tried it yet but sure will.

15 12 2010

Maybe this own will be helpful in your WebP experiment: http://code.google.com/p/cogewebp/

16 12 2010

thanks (köszi:)!!! i will test it soon!

17 12 2010

You’re welcome! ( Szívesen:) ) It should working, let me know if you have any troubles with it!

1 11 2011
mcdavid henderson

i am new to programing but hoped you could direct me a little towards understanding how you created the glitch pattern filter for pixelmator
in regards to nodes that are required


2 04 2012

Do you mind sharing how you export high resolution images from quartz composer for large prints?
Thanks a lot,

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