5.13. Waves

5.13.1. Overview

Afbeelding 17.85. Example for the Waves filter

Example for the Waves filter

Original image

Example for the Waves filter

Filter Waves applied with default options and period = 20.0

With this filter you get the same effect as a stone thrown in a quiet pond, giving concentric waves.

5.13.2. Activating the filter

You can find this filter through FiltersDistortsWaves….

5.13.3. Options

Afbeelding 17.86. Waves filter options

“Waves” filter options

Presets, Preview, Split view
[Opmerking] Opmerking

These options are described in Paragraaf 2, “Common Features”.

Center X, Center Y

Move the center of the waves


Varies the height of the waves.


That is wavelength. Varies the distance between the top of waves.

The high default value suits large images. For images of some hundreds pixels wide and high, a lower value, such as 20 in our example, fits better.

Phase shift

This command shifts the top of the ripple.

Aspect ratio

Values less than 1.00 render waves oval, with major axis vertical. Values higher than 1.00 give a major axis horizontal.

Resampling method

These interpolation methods are described in Interpolatie.

Clamp deformation



The result of this filter can be larger than the original image. With the default Adjust option, the layer will be automatically resized as necessary when the filter is applied. With the Clip option the result will be clipped to the layer boundary.