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Applying photographic filters

From: Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together

Video: Applying photographic filters

Photoshop has many filters. Some are decorative and not often used in a photographic workflow. But there are also a number of powerful filters in Photoshop for applying photographic enhancements, like the Liquefy filter for portrait retouching, and the Blur filters, including the Iris, Field, and Tilt-Shift blur, among others. And there is a powerful Adaptive Wide Angle filter for correcting distortions like the distortions that you see in this image. Now this image didn't come out of my camera like this, this is actually a product of something that Photoshop put together from five different images, each of which had a very shallow depth of field.

Applying photographic filters

Photoshop has many filters. Some are decorative and not often used in a photographic workflow. But there are also a number of powerful filters in Photoshop for applying photographic enhancements, like the Liquefy filter for portrait retouching, and the Blur filters, including the Iris, Field, and Tilt-Shift blur, among others. And there is a powerful Adaptive Wide Angle filter for correcting distortions like the distortions that you see in this image. Now this image didn't come out of my camera like this, this is actually a product of something that Photoshop put together from five different images, each of which had a very shallow depth of field.

And I showed you how to create this image in the last movie, in which I brought it from Lightroom into Photoshop, applied Photoshop's powerful blending features, and then took it to Lightroom as it is now. So now what I'd like to do is go back to Photoshop with this image to try to straighten these bottles with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter, and also to get rid of the little bit of blur and white edging around the photo. So I am going to go up to the Photo menu and choose Edit In, and this time I'll go to Edit In Adobe Photoshop. Because I am starting here with the TIFF, a non-raw image, I get the Edit Photo window.

I'll go with the first choice here, Edit a Copy with Lightroom Adjustments, although I don't have any new Lightroom Adjustments on the image. I'll click Edit and the image opens again into Photoshop. I am going to make a copy of the single layer that contains these bottles. I'll right-click and choose Duplicate Layer and click OK. On the Background copy layer, I am going to apply the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter. And I'd like to apply that filter as a Smart Filter, one that I can come back in and re-edit if I want to. So I'll go to the Filter menu and I'll choose Covert for Smart Filters, and I'll click OK.

There is now a little symbol on the thumbnail on that background copy layer, indicating that it is Smart Object Layer and that it will take a Smart Filter automatically. So I'll go back to the Filter menu and I am going to choose the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter. That opens a new interface where I can apply this filter. Before I use one of the tools over here to try to straighten these bottles, notice down at the bottom that Photoshop knows the camera model and the lens model that I used to take this photo. It's getting that information from the Metadata from my camera, which is coming through from Lightroom.

Now I am going to select the first tool in this small toolbox here, and with this tool I am going to move into the image and I am going to click and drag along an edge whose angle I would like to change. Notice that that line is now blue. If I right-click on that line and choose Vertical, Photoshop knows that I want that edge to be vertical, and it bends the image to do that, and the line becomes magenta to indicate that that's now a vertical edge. I'll do that again over on this bottle, which is a little bit distorted as well, and this time instead of right-clicking and choosing a Vertical, I'll try to make that adjustment manually by moving my cursor over this anchor point, and then dragging just slightly to the right to change the angle of the edge that I have defined with this line.

Here is an edge that I would like to be straight, so I'll click here, and I'll come down and release my mouse, and then I'll right-click and I'll chose Vertical. I can also do the same thing with horizontal edges. So if I come in here, and I click and drag, and then right-click and choose Horizontal, the image is bent once again. And the color of the lines indicate what I have done in each case, yellow for horizontal, magenta for a vertical edge, and green for an edge whose angle I adjusted myself. Now as a result of all this bending, I notice that there are a few transparent pixels over here and over here as well.

And there is a little bit of blur at the bottom of this label that I think is a result of the merging of five photos in the last movie. I can crop away all of that right here in the Adaptive Wide Angle dialog box by going to the Scale slider and just dragging slightly to the right. When I am done in this dialog box, I'll click OK and Photoshop will apply the Adaptive Wide Angle filter to the image and close the dialog box. And there's the result. To compare this to where I started, I'll turn off the filtered layer, so that's how it looked a moment ago, and here is how it looks now.

And because I applied this as a Smart Filter, I can always go back into that dialog box by double-clicking the Adaptive Wide Angle filter on the layer, and I could use this Layer Mask on the Smart Filter Layer to hide some of the changes I have made with the filter, to see through to the image on the layer below. Now that really doesn't make a lot of sense in this case, but there are times when that layer mask really comes in handy. So making this a Smart Filter, just kept more options open for nondestructive editing. Now that I am done making these changes in Photoshop, I want to let Lightroom know about them.

So I'll save the image by pressing Cmd+S on the Mac or Ctrl+S on the PC. Before I do, take note of the current name of the file. Saving the TIFF with these changes altered the file name, again according to the preferences that I specified earlier in the course in Lightroom's External Editing Preferences window. Now this is kind of an awkward name I know, but that's where it comes from. I'll close the image in Photoshop and go back to Lightroom. And here you can see the original TIFF that I started this movie with, and what I have after applying the Adaptive Wide Angle filter in Photoshop.

Another convincing reason, along with other photographic filters in Photoshop, to use Photoshop along with Lightroom in an integrated workflow.

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Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together

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  1. 10m 38s
    1. Welcome
      36s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 4s
    3. Why use Lightroom and Photoshop together?
      5m 58s
  2. 16m 37s
    1. Setting Lightroom preferences for editing in Photoshop
      6m 20s
    2. Setting file naming preferences in Lightroom
      4m 27s
    3. Maximizing PSD compatibility in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    4. Matching color settings
      1m 10s
  3. 24m 25s
    1. Passing raw files from Lightroom to Photoshop
      8m 17s
    2. Handling mismatches with Open Anyway
      6m 21s
    3. Handling mismatches with Render using Lightroom
      4m 43s
    4. Updating your software
      5m 4s
  4. 19m 41s
    1. Passing non-raw photos from Lightroom to Photoshop
      4m 9s
    2. Choosing Edit a Copy With Lightroom Adjustments
      5m 26s
    3. Choosing Edit a Copy
      3m 59s
    4. Choosing Edit Original
      3m 34s
    5. Revisiting edits
      2m 33s
  5. 17m 9s
    1. Creating presets for editing in Photoshop
      4m 51s
    2. Passing photos to Photoshop with presets
      4m 48s
    3. Creating presets for editing in Elements
      3m 4s
    4. Passing photos to Elements with presets
      4m 26s
  6. 10m 44s
    1. Sorting and stacking edited photos in Lightroom
      5m 1s
    2. Synchronizing metadata between Lightroom and Bridge
      5m 43s
  7. 56m 22s
    1. Building a panorama with Lightroom and Photoshop
      6m 57s
    2. Creating an HDR image with Lightroom and Photoshop
      5m 51s
    3. Creating a Photoshop Smart Object from Lightroom
      6m 32s
    4. Opening as layers in Photoshop from Lightroom
      4m 47s
    5. Applying photographic filters
      5m 33s
    6. Photo compositing
      7m 30s
    7. Making precise local corrections
      5m 28s
    8. Retouching and removing content
      6m 36s
    9. Enhancing photos with text and graphics
      7m 8s
  8. 39s
    1. Goodbye
      39s

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