GodRays node


This documentation is for version 1.0 of GodRays.


Average an image over a range of transforms.

This can be used to create crepuscular rays (also called God rays) by setting the scale and center parameters: scale governs the length of rays, and center should be set to the Sun or light position (which may be outside of the image).

Setting toColor to black and gamma to 1 causes an exponential decay which is very similar to the real crepuscular rays.

This can also be used to create directional blur using a fixed number of samples (as opposed to DirBlur, which uses an adaptive sampling method).

This plugin concatenates transforms upstream.


Input Description Optional
Source   No
Mask   Yes


Parameter / script name Type Default Function
Rotate / rotate Double 0 Rotation angle in degrees around the Center. Can also be adjusted by clicking and dragging the rotation bar in the Viewer.
Scale / scale Double x: 1 y: 1 Scale factor along the x and y axes. Can also be adjusted by clicking and dragging the outer circle or the diameter handles in the Viewer.
Uniform / uniform Boolean Off Use the X scale for both directions
Skew X / skewX Double 0 Skew along the x axis. Can also be adjusted by clicking and dragging the skew bar in the Viewer.
Skew Y / skewY Double 0 Skew along the y axis.
Skew Order / skewOrder Choice XY The order in which skew transforms are applied: X then Y, or Y then X.
Amount / transformAmount Double 1 Amount of transform to apply. 0 means the transform is identity, 1 means to apply the full transform.
Center / center Double x: 0.5 y: 0.5 Center of rotation and scale.
Reset Center / resetCenter Button   Reset the position of the center to the center of the input region of definition
Interactive Update / interactive Boolean On If checked, update the parameter values during interaction with the image viewer, else update the values when pen is released.
Invert / invert Boolean Off Invert the transform.
Filter / filter Choice Cubic
Filtering algorithm - some filters may produce values outside of the initial range (*) or modify the values even if there is no movement (+).
Impulse: (nearest neighbor / box) Use original values
Bilinear: (tent / triangle) Bilinear interpolation between original values
Cubic: (cubic spline) Some smoothing
Keys: (Catmull-Rom / Hermite spline) Some smoothing, plus minor sharpening (*)
Simon: Some smoothing, plus medium sharpening (*)
Rifman: Some smoothing, plus significant sharpening (*)
Mitchell: Some smoothing, plus blurring to hide pixelation (*+)
Parzen: (cubic B-spline) Greatest smoothing of all filters (+)
Notch: Flat smoothing (which tends to hide moire’ patterns) (+)
Clamp / clamp Boolean Off Clamp filter output within the original range - useful to avoid negative values in mattes
Black outside / black_outside Boolean Off Fill the area outside the source image with black
From Color / fromColor Color r: 1 g: 1 b: 1 a: 1 Color by which the initial image is multiplied.
To Color / toColor Color r: 1 g: 1 b: 1 a: 1 Color by which the final image is multiplied.
Gamma / gamma Color r: 1 g: 1 b: 1 a: 1 Gamma space in which the colors are interpolated. Higher values yield brighter intermediate images.
Steps / steps Integer 5 The number of intermediate images is 2^steps, i.e. 32 for steps=5.
Max / max Boolean Off Output the brightest value at each pixel rather than the average.
Invert Mask / maskInvert Boolean Off When checked, the effect is fully applied where the mask is 0.
Mix / mix Double 1 Mix factor between the original and the transformed image.