Skyboxes are background added to the world to improve the ambience of an area. Many areas have a specific skybox. Filters are rendering techniques which changes how colours appear.
Skyboxes and filters can be combined, creating strange or interesting views of common places. This is commonly combined with the orb of oculus/freecam mode to take interesting screenshots.
The update of 15 May 2017 allowed a number of skyboxes and filters to be used by the player at will via the orb of oculus or by right-clicking the world map globe near the minimap. After the update, a competition was held which encouraged players to submit their best photos using the skyboxes.
Orb of oculus
Can be accessed from the orb of oculus or by right-clicking the world map globe.
|Dusk||A purple dusk found on Uncharted Isles|
|Dawn||A bright yellow dawn found on Uncharted Isles|
|Midday||A bright day with clouds found in Taverley|
|Throne||Swirling purple clouds with little light, also encountered in The Empty Throne Room during Children of Mah|
|Bonfire||The nighttime skybox from player-owned houses, with extra orange lighting. Initially from the Lumbridge Crater during Celebration of Fire.|
|Eclipse||A black sky with red clouds with a slight orange tint with a eclipse in the backround. Exclusive to Sliske's Endgame and the skybox filter|
|Goshima||A dreary day with little light. Also found on Goshima.|
|Shattered Worlds||A space skybox with floating rocks also found during Shattered Worlds.|
Several skyboxes can be activated by the use of specific items.
|Daystone||The normal daytime skybox|
|Nightstone||The nighttime skybox from player-owned houses|
|Bloodstone||The Vampyrium skybox from The Lord of Vampyrium with the River of Blood hallucination filter|
|Daytime||Standard skybox used in several areas|
|Player-owned house day||Standard daytime skybox|
|Player-owned house dusk||Standard dusk skybox|
|Player-owned house night||Standard nighttime skybox|
Orb of oculus
|River of Blood Hallucinations||Most colours muted, red hues enhanced. Used in River of Blood.|
|Blue Shadows||A blue hue applied to most grey/blue/dark colours.|
|Magic Toad||Colours mostly inverted, favouring bright blues and oranges|
|Aminishi Spirit Realm||Most colours desaturated|
|Goshima||Darkened and slightly desaturated, like a dreary day|
|Zemouregal's Scrying Pool||Purple applied to everything|
|Warm||Orange hues added, blues dimmed|
|Cool||Blues enhanced, but not as much as Blue Shadows|
|Sepia||Brown added to everything, like older parchments and photography|
|Cel Shade||Colour saturation significantly increased, making everything much brighter and bleeding into each other. (Not quite true cel shading.)|
|Cross-Process||Slight mix colours with adjacent colours, mostly resulting in slightly warmer colours|
|High Contrast||Increases the saturation of all colours slightly|
|Colour Invert||All colours inverted|
|Greyscale||All colours changed to shades of grey|
Location specific skyboxes
|Heart of Gielinor|
|Freneskae (Fate of the Gods)|
|Freneskae (Children of Mah)|
|Low level Runespan|
|Mid level Runespan|
|High level Runespan|
|Telos, the Warden boss fight|
|World Gate location on Gielinor|
- The magic toad filter was initially planned to be activated when nibbling sliced mushrooms in the Arc, but was scrapped before release.
- The in-universe reason for being able to change skyboxes/filters at will was given by Mod Shauny as "the player imagines the world around them changed".
- The first skyboxes to ever be introduced in-game were the Clan Citadels ones on 26 July 2011.