IcoFX supports many effects (also known as filters) that you can apply on your images, icons and cursors. If you select a part of the image then the effect will be applied only on the selected portion of the image.
If the "Use filter on alpha channel" option is selected then the effect will also be applied on the alpha channel (transparency). If not then the alpha channel will be left unchanged. You can enable/disable this option from the Preferences window or the main tool bar.
You can quickly reapply the last used effect using the "Effects/Last Effect" menu item.
A short presentation of the available filters follows:
The original image for reference.
Converts the image to grayscale.
Inverts the colors of the image.
Resets the green and blue channel of the image.
Resets the red and blue channel of the image.
Resets the green and red channel of the image.
Resets the blue channel of the image. Resulting in a yellow image.
Resets the red channel. Resulting in a cyan image.
Resets the green channel of the image. Resulting in a magenta image.
Swaps the red and green channels of the image.
Swaps the red and blue channels of the image.
Swaps the green and blue channels of the image.
Creates a colored emboss effect.
Create a dark gray emboss effect.
Creates an emboss effect.
Create a light emboss effect.
Blurs the image by calculating average color of neighbor pixels.
Blurs the image.
Applies a softer blur on the image.
Applies a strong blur on the image.
Applies a motion blur on the image.
Sharpens the image.
Applies a soft sharpening on the image.
Applies a strong sharpening on the image.
Sharpens directionally the image.
|Find Edges (Vertical)
Find the vertical edges of the image.
|Find Edges (Horizontal)
Find the horizontal edges of the image.
Enhances the edges of the image.
Detects edges of the image.
Draws the edges of the image.
Draws the weaker edges of the image.
Finds the contour of the image.
Applies a glow effect on the image.
Waggles the image.
Applies a pattern effect on the image.
Darkens the image.
Brightens the image.
Shakes the image.
Applies a softer shake effect on the image.
Pales the image
Applies a scene effect on the image.
Adds a shadow to the image
IcoFX gives you the possibility to create your own effects. To create custom effects use the "Effects/Custom Filter..." menu item. This will open the Custom Filter dialog where you can edit your filter.
Custom Filter Dialog
On this window you can define your own values for the filter, or modify an already existing filter from the "Samples" combo box. Using the Reset button you can reset the window to the default state. In this state the image is left unchanged by the filter. You can save and load filters using the Save and Load buttons.
The filters work by modifying each pixel of an image based on its neighbor pixels. The center input box represents the current pixel (the one that will be modified) and the other input boxes represent the neighbor pixels. You can give each pixel a weight, then the dialog will calculate a weighted average of the pixels (separately for the red, green and blue). You can also specify an offset value. This will simply add or subtract the offset value from the red, green and the blue.
IcoFX allows you to add noise to the images. To add noise use the "Effects/Add Noise..." menu item. This will open the Add Noise dialog where you can edit your effect.
Add Noise Dialog
On this window you can specify the amount of noise added to the image. By default color noised will be added to the image. To add monochrome noise make sure that the Monochromatic checkbox is checked.
IcoFX allows you to apply a gaussian blur to the images. To add noise use the "Effects/Blur/Gaussian Blur..." menu item. This will open the Gaussian Blur dialog where you can specify the radius of the blur effect.
Gaussian Blur Dialog