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Applying filters

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Applying filters

Filters offer lots of options for enhancing your photos. There are decorative filters that are fun to play with and there are also some filters that are useful for photographic techniques, like removing dust and scratches or sharpening. There are several different places from which you can apply filters to an image. One is from the Filter menu up here at the top of the screen, where you'll find a list of categories of filters. When I'm applying a photographic filter, say if I'm trying to reduce the level of noise, I usually just come to this Noise category and choose Reduce Noise and that will open a dialog box where I can work.

Applying filters

Filters offer lots of options for enhancing your photos. There are decorative filters that are fun to play with and there are also some filters that are useful for photographic techniques, like removing dust and scratches or sharpening. There are several different places from which you can apply filters to an image. One is from the Filter menu up here at the top of the screen, where you'll find a list of categories of filters. When I'm applying a photographic filter, say if I'm trying to reduce the level of noise, I usually just come to this Noise category and choose Reduce Noise and that will open a dialog box where I can work.

I'm actually going to cancel out of that right now. If I'm applying a decorative filter then going to this Filter menu isn't my first choice, because there's really no icon or preview here in this menu to give me a sense of what each filter is going to offer. So, in that case, I'll do one of two things. I'm going to close out of that menu for now and go over to the Effects panel to show you that. I'll click on the first icon there and that reveals these thumbnails that give me some idea of what various filters are likely to do. So, right now I'm looking at the filters in the Artistic category.

There are other categories. I can choose the Pixelate category for example and if I wanted to use one of the filters I would select it here and then click Apply and I can click OK and I have applied a halftone filter to that image. That isn't exactly what I had in mind, so I'm going to go to the Undo button at the top of the screen and undo that. My favorite way to apply decorative filters is using the Filter Gallery, because there I get the best interactive preview of all three methods of applying filters.

To access the Filter Gallery I'll go to the Filter menu and I'll choose Filter Gallery. That opens this large dialog box. Over here is a preview and this preview will show me how the image will look with various filters. Here in the middle are categories of decorative filters. I'm going to click the arrow to the left of the Artistic category to reveal thumbnails of each of the filters in that category. And these thumbnails are similar to the ones that I just showed you in the Effects panel. To preview any one of these filters on this image, say the Poster Edges filter for example, I just click it's thumbnail here in the Artistic category and then I can see this preview over on the left.

This particular image is bigger than the Preview window. So if I want to see more of the image I can come down to the Zoom menu down here, and I can choose Fit in View, and now I can see the whole image there. Over on the right are options for whichever filter effect I've chosen here in the center column, and these options will change depending on which filter I have selected. Changing any one of these controls will change the way that the filter looks on the image. I can preview more than one filter on an image in the Filter Gallery. I'm going to choose a second filter from another category.

I'm going to go down to the arrow to the left of the Texture category and click that and then I'll click-and- drag the scrollbar to scroll down to see some of the options there. I would like to see how the image looks with a Texturizer filter on top of the Poster Edges filter. So before I click the Texturizer filter, I'm going to over to this list on the right of the filters that are currently applied. I'll click the Create New Filter icon here at the bottom of that list and that makes a copy of the Poster Edges filter. Now I'm going to click on the Texturizer filter and that changes that topmost filter to the Texturizer filter.

I can adjust the way this texture looks by moving the sliders in the options for the Texturizer filter over here. I have a few more options here in this list of filters. I can change the order in which they are applied by clicking on one of the filters and dragging it beneath the other. I actually like it the other way. So, I'm going to click on that Poster Edges filter and drag it beneath the Texturizer filter in this list. I can make any of the filters I have applied temporarily invisible, so I can look at the effect of the other one, so if I click on the eye icon to the left of the Poster Edges filter, I'll see how the image looks with just the Texturizer.

And then I'll click back on that eye icon space to bring back the preview of both filters together. And finally if I don't like one of the filters, with it selected in this list I could click the trashcan down here at the bottom of the list. But I actually like this combination. So to apply this particular combination of filters, I'm going to click OK at the top of the Filter Gallery dialog box. Once the filters are applied, I can't change them and the only way that I could undo them is to step back in the Undo history panel or to use the Undo commands.

But once I have saved and closed this image, I won't have a chance to re-edit the filters. So, that's one of the reasons that I like using the Filter Gallery, because there I have a really good opportunity to preview how more than one filter will look on the image, before I apply the filters. I have shown you just a fraction of the many options that the filters offer in Elements. You can use them to make extensive changes to an image or you can use them with a light touch to give your photos just that little extra something without making them look over filtered or clich?.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    2. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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