Chromatic Displacement


Chromatic Displacement uses one layer to displace the pixels of another, while smoothly separating out the colors. Unlike most displacement effects, Chromatic Displacement uses the displacement image as a height map, which gives you beautiful, organic results.

Getting Started

  • Drag the Chromatic Displacement effect onto your clip.
  • Drag the Displace Amount off of zero to see the effect.

Modify the Effect

  • Displacement selects which layer will guide the prismatic displacement.
  • Displacement Map Behavior contains three options for positioning the displacement source:
    • Center Map positions the source directly in the center of the frame.
    • Stretch Map to Fit pulls or squeezes the boundaries of the source to fill the frame.
    • Tile Map repeats the source map along the X and Y axis until the frame is filled.
  • Displacement Layer Alpha determines if the effect will Use, Ignore, or Cut Out the distortion using any alpha information from the displacement's source layer.
  • Soften Displacement Layer blurs the details in the displacement map layer to soften the distortions.
  • Uniform Displacement toggles whether the Displacement Amount is used to add distortions equally along the horizontal and vertical axis, or-- when toggled off-- offers to Displace X or Y axis individually.
  • Displace Spread adjusts the distance of the displacement effect.
  • Spread Chroma creates a beautiful, organic light refraction look by introducing a rainbow spectrum of colors to the displacement effect.
  • Chroma Tint shifts the overall appearance of the chroma displacement into either cooler, blue colors (positive values) or warmer, redder colors (negative values).
  • Spread Quality adjusts the granularity of distortion made by either the Displace Spread or Spread Chroma parameters. Higher values result in more details within the distortions.