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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

Applying filters


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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Applying filters

Filters offer lots of options for enhancing your photos, many of the filters in the Elements are decorative, they are fun to play with, but there are also some filters that are useful for photographic techniques. Let's take a look at filters and how to apply them using this image skulls3.jpg of the Chapter11 Exercise Files folder. If you have multiple layers in a photo, then before you apply a photo you have to select the layer to which you are going to apply the filter because filters only work one layer at a time. But you can make a selection as I'm doing now with the Rectangular Marquee tool and apply a filter that will affect only the content of that selection. I'm going to delete that selection by pressing Ctrl+D, in this case I'm going to apply the filter to the entire single layer in this photo. There are three places from which you can apply a filter; one is from the Filter menu at the top of the screen. Here you see all of the filters that are available separated into categories. This is where I go when I want to apply a photographic filter, let's say that I have scanned the photograph and I have got some dust on the scanner.
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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training
6h 41m Beginner Sep 26, 2008

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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting photos from a camera, scanner, or files
  • Organizing and finding photos with tags, albums, and Smart Collections
  • Using automatic and guided edit tools for common fixes
  • Mastering Full Edit mode for refining, retouching, and photo editing
  • Adding special effects and text
  • Sharing and backing up images on Photoshop.com
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Applying filters

Filters offer lots of options for enhancing your photos, many of the filters in the Elements are decorative, they are fun to play with, but there are also some filters that are useful for photographic techniques. Let's take a look at filters and how to apply them using this image skulls3.jpg of the Chapter11 Exercise Files folder. If you have multiple layers in a photo, then before you apply a photo you have to select the layer to which you are going to apply the filter because filters only work one layer at a time. But you can make a selection as I'm doing now with the Rectangular Marquee tool and apply a filter that will affect only the content of that selection. I'm going to delete that selection by pressing Ctrl+D, in this case I'm going to apply the filter to the entire single layer in this photo. There are three places from which you can apply a filter; one is from the Filter menu at the top of the screen. Here you see all of the filters that are available separated into categories. This is where I go when I want to apply a photographic filter, let's say that I have scanned the photograph and I have got some dust on the scanner.

So the photograph shows a lot of little black specks, then I would come here to the Filter menu and choose noise and dust and scratches. But when I'm just applying decorative filters than I usually don't come to the Filter menu and the reason is I have no previews here of what is going to happen when I apply these filters. So I'll either go to the Effects menu or to a special filter gallery. Let's look at the Effects menu over here in the Task pane. I'm going to expand the Effects palette and make sure that I have the first icon here selected which shows me in this area all the available filters.

Now here at least I can see these little icons of an apple that suggest what individual filters are going to do and from this menu at the top of the Effects palette, I can select individual categories just like I could in the Filter menu, but again I like to see a preview right on my images. So if I know I'm going to be applying one of the decorative effects and there are so many, then I go to the Filter menu at the top of the screen. And I choose Filter Gallery and that's where we are going to work now. The Filter Gallery will fill the entire screen. On the left is the preview of the image. The first thing I do here is go down to the bottom of the preview and click the minus sign if the preview is too big to fit in this window. To choose a filter, I go to the middle column where again I see filter categories.

Clicking the arrow to the left of any category expands the category and lets you see what is there. To preview any one of these filter effects on this image all I have to do is click the effect. So for example if I want to see the Dry Brush filter, all I have to do is click the icon that represents that filter. So if I want to see say the Poster Edges filter, I'll just come down and click that and in the second I have a preview on my image. The beauty of working like this is that Elements is not actually applying the filter at this point; it is just offering me a preview. So I don't have to wait while the filter renders and I can change my mind at any time. So let's say I wanted to wrap these skulls in plastic wrap, I would just come over and click that filter and it would replace the last filter. And I could go through these really quickly seeing the one that I want, I'm going to go up and apply this one Cut Out.

I really like Cut Out because it gives this posterized graphic effect to a photograph. Most of the filters including this one offer options in the column on the right. The options for each filter are different. For this one I can increase the number of levels of posterization to get a little more detail in that image and I can change the complexity or the simplicity of the posterized edges. And I also can tweak the edge fidelity, which affects how similar these edges to the original. When I'm happy with what I see I could accept that or I can add more filters. So let's go down to another category one that I like is the texture category. From these six filters we can create lots of different textures.

Let's say I want to add some texture to this photo but I want to keep the Cut Out filter applied. I'm going to go over to the bottom of the right-hand column and click the Create New Filter icon that adds a new filter to the list of filters that I have applied. And with that second filter selected here I'm going to click on the Texturizer filter. So now I have both the texturing image and I have applied the Cut Out. So starting to look really nice, with the Texturizer filter I have lots of different choices in the options area. This texture is the Canvas texture, if I click there I can choose Sandstone, which I also like, and once I have selected the kind of texture that I want.

I can adjust the way it looks by moving these sliders, here I'm making the sandstone texture larger and here I can make that sandstone texture more intense. I also could change the lighting on both the texture but I'm going to leave this as it is. Down here in the list filters that I have applied here in the filter gallery I can change the order of the filters to get a different look. So if I take the Texturizer filter and I drag beneath the Cut Out filter, the image looks slightly different. I think it looked better before and so I'm going to drag the Cut Out beneath the Texturizer. You also can temporarily hide any one of the filters that you have chosen by clicking the eye icon to the left.

So here I hid the Cut Out effect and just look at the image with the Texturizer filter. I think that looks really nice too but for now I'm going to add the Cut Out back in by clicking that eye icon again and if you don't want one of the filter you decided it just doesn't look right you click the trash can at the bottom of this column. When you are satisfied with what you have you can click okay and Element supplies all the filters that you selected in the filter gallery to the image. Now once the filters are applied you can go back and change them, so you want to make good use of the filter gallery and make sure you got everything the way you wanted there before you click okay and apply the filters. I have shown you just the fraction of the many artistic options that the filters offer in Elements. You can use them to make extensive changes or you can use them the way that I prefer which is to select and apply filters with a light touch to give your photos just that little extra something without making them look over filtered or cliched.

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