Example for the “Cool Metal” filter
This filter creates an effect that looks like metal with a reflection in
the mirrored ground, and an interesting drop shadow.
The filter is derived from the “Cool Metal” script
( → → →
in the image window), which creates a logo from a text as shown above.
Activate the filter
This filter is found in the image window menu under
→ → .
“Cool Metal” options
Effect size (pixels)
This is actually the font size option of the
“Cool Metal” Script-Fu script. Some internal values
will be set in relation to this size, for feathering, blurring,
embossing, and creating ripple patterns.
The color of the background layer added by the filter. When you
click in the color swatch button, the color select dialog pops up.
The default gradient to create the cool metal is
“Horizon 1”. Clicking in the gradient button will
open a simplified gradient
dialog, where you can select any other gradient.
By default, the selected gradient will be applied from top to
bottom. When this option is checked, the direction will be
At least some of the filter effects should be described briefly: how the
filter creates the reflection and this nice shadow, or rather, how you
can reproduce these effects manually. In fact, the only trick is to know
which tool to use...
Making the reflection
Assuming that the alpha has been filled with a gradient, then:
Create a new layer containing the area you want to mirror, for
example Copy and
Paste the area in a new
To make the reflection look more natural, scale down the layer (the
filter resizes to 85% of the original height). You can do this e.g.
using Scale Layer command or
the Scale Tool.
Then flip the layer vertically
and move it down.
Now add a layer mask,
fill the layer mask with a gradient (for instance white or
gray to black), and, of course, apply the layer mask.