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Applying filters

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Applying filters

Filters offer lots of options for enhancing your photos. Many of the filters in Elements are decorative, fun to play with, but there are also some filters that are useful for photographic techniques, like sharpening, blurring, reducing noise. Before I get started showing you how to apply filters, I want to be sure you know that you can apply a filter to only one layer at a time. So if I look in the layers panel over here, I see that I have a layer with a photo, and I have another layer with a frame, and if I want to apply filter to both of these, and I need to be sure to select the layer to which I want to apply the filter.

Applying filters

Filters offer lots of options for enhancing your photos. Many of the filters in Elements are decorative, fun to play with, but there are also some filters that are useful for photographic techniques, like sharpening, blurring, reducing noise. Before I get started showing you how to apply filters, I want to be sure you know that you can apply a filter to only one layer at a time. So if I look in the layers panel over here, I see that I have a layer with a photo, and I have another layer with a frame, and if I want to apply filter to both of these, and I need to be sure to select the layer to which I want to apply the filter.

So if I wanted the filter only on the photo, I would click on the photo layer, and then apply a filter. What if I do want to apply a filter to multiple layers? Well, here's a little trick for you. In the layers panel I'll select the topmost layer to which I want a filter to apply, and then I'm going to go over to the Panel menu, and I'm going to go up to Merge Visible. Before I click that, I am going to hold down the Option key, and then I'll click on Merge Visible. What that does is create a new layer that's a composite of the content of all the layers below.

So if I hold the Option key and click on the eye icon to the left of that new layer, you can see that it contains all of the content of the photo layer and the frame layer, and now, I could apply a filter to this Composite layer, so that it would affect the whole image. To show you how to apply layers, I am going to bring up another image by double-clicking it down here in the Project Bin, this photograph of some skulls in Santa Fe. There are three different places from which I can apply filters. I can go out to the Filter menu and apply a filter from one of the categories here, or I can use the Filter Gallery from the filter menu, or I can go over to the Effects panel, click on this first icon, and apply filters using the thumbnails that you see here.

When I'm applying a photographic type filter, like Noise Reduction or Sharpening, I will usually just go up to the Filter menu, and I'll go down to the filter category, say, Noise, and then I'll select the filter that I want to apply, like this Reduce Noise Filter. That will open a dialog box where I can make some choices that control the way the filter looks, and if I like the result, I'll click OK. I am actually just going to click Cancel at this point, so I can go on and show you the other ways to apply filters. If I'm applying a decorative filter, the method I just showed you isn't very satisfying, because I don't get a terrific preview when I am choosing which filter to apply.

So in that case, I might choose Filter Gallery. The Filter Gallery dialog box shows me a preview of the image over here. If I want to see the whole image, I can click the little minus at the bottom-left of the preview. In the center are categories of decorative filters. I can expand any category by clicking the arrow to the left of it, which I will do now for the Artistic category, and here I see thumbnails that represent each of the filters in that category. I am going to select one of those thumbnails, the Poster Edges Thumbnail, and that brings up some options for this particular filter over here on the right.

It also previews the way that the image will look with the filter with its default options. Dragging the sliders on the right will change the way that the image appears with the filter on it. In this list down here, I can see all of the filters I've chosen to apply to this image, and I can apply more than one filter. The way to add another filter is to go down to the bottom of this list of filters and click this icon right here, and that makes a duplicate of the existing filter. With that duplicate selected in this list, I'm going to go back over to the categories in the middle, and I am going to expand the texture category by clicking the arrow there, and then I'll scroll down, and I'm going to click on the Texturizer Filter and that changes that Duplicate Filter to the Texturizer Filter.

Here I can experiment with the sliders, which change the look of the filter. I also have options here to delete any one of these filters by selecting it and clicking the Trash icon, or I can turn a filter off temporarily, so I can see what the image looks like without it by clicking the eye icon to the left of it in this list. When I'm satisfied with my filters I'll click OK. And that applies them to the image. Because I can't really come back in and tweak a filter after I've applied it, you can see how the Filter Gallery with its large preview and all of its options can come in quite handy.

There's one more way to apply filters and that's from the Effects panel over here. I have the first icon on the Effects panel selected. And that's the Filter icon. There are categories of filters in this menu. Choosing a different category, like the Pixelate category, changes the thumbnails that are available here. If I want to apply one of these filters, I can select its thumbnail and then click the Apply button. Then in the dialog box it opens, and sometimes this is the Filter Gallery, I can click OK. So that's applied a Halftone filter.

It's not really a filter that I want to keep, so I am going to undo it by pressing Command+Z on my keyboard. So those are three different ways to apply filters, from the Filter menu, the Filter Gallery, and the Effects panel, here in Elements' Full Edit Workspace.

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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