Turbulence Node

The Turbulence effect is a mathematically generated effect that uses fractal noise to create turbulent distortions in an image. You can see the effect when used with an image as the background. You can create flowing water, funhouse mirrors, and waving flags.

For detailed video tutorials and sample scenes by Adam Phillips, see:


Turbulence Properties

Parameter Description
Noise Type

The algorithm used to generate the noise:

  • Perlin: Creates pseudo random patterns. The greyscale contains a continuity between different tones of grey.
  • Simplex: Creates a more contrasted noise pattern with more variation than Perlin. There is a smooth variation of intensity.
  • Sinusoidal: Creates a repeated wavelike pattern.
  • Sub Scaling: Applies Perlin noise twice. The second noise is added where dark areas appear in the original. The frequency of the second iteration is higher so the noise is smaller.
  • Rocky: Uses the Perlin pattern but converts the very high and low values to more moderate values. For example, the whites become light greys and the blacks become dark greys.
  • Small Bumps: Uses the Perlin pattern. The transitional grey areas between blacks and whites become inverted so they look like dark lines. The extremes, black and white areas, become whitish.
Fractal Type

Transforms the noise pattern generated by the Noise type and controls the way layers are composited. These are variations of the basic noise.

  • Turbulent Twist: Applies a turbulent effect on the pattern so it changes the transition between black and white by adding more modulation.
  • Fractional Brownian: Applies a basic application of noise and composites by adding subsequent layer with the Complexity parameter.
  • Threshold: Changes the dark greys into black values so there is more black in the noise for higher contrast.
  • Invert Threshold: Inverts all the values of the Threshold type so a negative image of it is created.
  • Terrain: Adds contrast and converts the dark greys into white or light greys.
Pinning Constrains the effect within the image boundaries.
Amount Specifies the amplitude of displacement.
Frequency The density of displacement appearing in the noise. A higher value produces a greater amount of displacement in a given area; a lower value produces a smaller amount.
Offset Moves the entire image.
Seed This value determines the starting noise pattern on the first evolution of the effect.
Locked Applies parameter value while retaining the X and Y ratio.
Separate Allows you to apply different parameter values to X and Y.
xy When locked, applies parameter values to both X and Y. When separated, allows you to apply different value to X and Y.
Evolution Determines the displacement pattern over time.
Evolution Frequency This factor makes the complexity iterations animate or transform at a higher speed. In other words, the second, third, etc. passes, controlled by the Complexity parameter, will mutate faster than the main one.

The number of noise layers that make up the noise. Each successive layer has a higher frequency, resulting in a smaller noise effect. You can have up to seven passes. Increasing this number increases the depth and amount of detail in the noise. Use Complexity with Sub Scaling when the value is 1 or greater.

NOTE Increasing the Complexity results in longer rendering times.
Gain Controls the amount of opacity present in the iteration of noise. This also affects the layer when using Sub Scaling. With a value of 0, you will not see the sub noise. A value of 1 will show the sub noise just as strong as the main one. For example, with water ripples, a higher amount of Gain will reveal more ripple or subripples.
Sub Scaling: The factor by which the main noise is modified at each iteration of complexity. A value of 1 make the two noises identical. A value of 2 makes the sub noise twice as small. The next iteration would be 4 times smaller. Values must be greater than 1.