The Big A

Brings up the "About" box, credits, copyright notices, etc. A is also for Ann.

Help and Preferences

The green question mark gem brings up the Help menu. The light blue exclamation point gem brings up the Preferences settings.

Shape Control

Sliding the Pink Gem along this bar lets you go from a tall and narrow, portrait oriented gem shape (left) to a short and wide, landscape oriented gem shape (right). All proportions in between can be achieved, with the center setting being a perfect sphere.

Amount Control

Sliding the Pink Gem along this slider lets you create as many gems as you want up to infinity (left), with separate settings for one through five gems. For the infinity setting, only the size of your document limits the number of gems possible. Of course, this takes up a lot of RAM!

Spectrum Box

Move the Gem around inside the Spectrum Box to achieve the hue, tint or shade you want. Double click on the gem to decrease the saturation of the color. Alt- or Option-click to increase the saturation.

Facet Selector

Select the kind of cut or facet you want for your gem, or select a square or oval cabochon.

Brilliance Control

Brilliance Control lets you fine tune the "sparkle factor". Diamonds, being the most brilliant, hardest, and expensive are represented by the dollar sign. Soft, dull stones, having the least sparkle are represented by the cents symbol.

Gem Viewer, Gem Attributes

The Gem Viewer shows a real-time representation of your gem in the middle of the black screen. Each corner has a special rolling control ball that effects the physical properties of your gem. They are clockwise starting from upper left: Pearlesence, Opalesence, Clarity and Chatoyance. Use these controls as sliding balls, sliding them to the right increases the effect.

Pearlesence creates pearly, nacreous, satiny surfaces. Opalesence creates firey inclusions, fractures or prisms of iridesence within the stone. Sliding the Clarity control ball to the right increases the clarity; sliding it more toward the left makes the gem translucent, and sliding it all the way to the left makes it solid. Chatoyance gives the cat's eye effect, most familiarly associated with Tiger's Eye or Star Sapphires. The Chatoyance control will only work when the gem is in round or oval Cabochon mode.

Apply Modes: Composite Method, Opacity

The Composite Method (top, red) applies your gem to your existing image in a variety of ways such as Normal, Multiply, Subtract, Darken, Hue, Saturation, etc. Press the Composite Button to bring up a menu of composite options.

The Opacity Control (bottom, blue) determines the strength you apply your gem to your image. Sliding it all the way to the right applies 100% of your gem; sliding it toward the left creates decreases the strength of the image. This is not to be confused with the Clarity Control Ball (above), which effects the property of the gem itself, not how it is applied to the image.

Save Preset, Preset Menu, Cancel and Apply

Gold Gem: Save Preset. Saves the current gem in the Viewer to the Preset Menu to be used at a later time.

Violet Gem: Preset Menu. Brings up a menu of all the saved gems. You can delete unwanted gems from this menu, too.

Red Gem: Stops or Cancels GemStone Designer and brings you back to your application window in its previous state.

Green Gem: Go! or Apply. Applies the gem you've created to the existing image in your current application.

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