To edit an image:
The set of filters is organized into filter categories (color, blur, etc.). Some filters have adjustable parameters.
The picture in the preview area immediately changes after selecting a filter or if you change the parameters of the selected filter. Every time you select a new filter, you'll see the result applied to the original picture.
Some filters have an additional parameter. It is a point on the image. Effects that have such a parameter allow you to edit images with a mouse click directly on the image. The mouse click determines the base point of distortion or other effect. When you move the mouse pointer on the image with the button pressed (the left button for a two-button mouse), the image changes in real time (the reaction depends on the performance of your computer and of your graphic card).
The filters for which you can select such a point are marked in the filter list by the crosshair icon on the right. When such a filter is selected, the mouse pointer will also look like a crosshair.
Filters of another type are marked with a color ball icon. This means that such a filter has color as a parameter. Selecting such a filter will enable the Color button.
To change the image size, click the Size button and set the new image dimensions.
The Image Tricks application provides more capabilities than its plug-in. You can edit images by using the stand-alone Image Tricks instead of the plug-in. In this case, you should copy an image from the Image Tricks into a Business Card Composer document through the clipboard.
Later, when you want to edit the image, double-click on it. Image Tricks will open the image. When you finish modifying it, choose File > Save in the menu of Image Tricks to update the image in the document.
By installing the latest version of Image Tricks, you will get all the available features in the plug-in. The plug-in integrated into the program contains a reduced number of filters.
More information related to Image Tricks and Core Image filters can be found on the Image Tricks Web page: