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Adding a single filter

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It seems to me that Photoshop offers an infinite range of possibilities for applying creative effects to any of your images. Of course the real challenge then becomes figuring out what you want to do and how you're going to do it. One of the key ways that you can apply a creative effect in Photoshop is through many of the artistic filters Let's take a look at an example of how you might apply a filter effect to an image. And I'm talking about just a single effect, just one thing that you are going to do to an image in order to change its appearance, potentially very drastically.

Adding a single filter

It seems to me that Photoshop offers an infinite range of possibilities for applying creative effects to any of your images. Of course the real challenge then becomes figuring out what you want to do and how you're going to do it. One of the key ways that you can apply a creative effect in Photoshop is through many of the artistic filters Let's take a look at an example of how you might apply a filter effect to an image. And I'm talking about just a single effect, just one thing that you are going to do to an image in order to change its appearance, potentially very drastically.

I have an image here that I'd like to add a distortion type of effect to. And so I'm going to start off by making a copy of the Background Image layer. The distortion effect I'll apply is certainly destructive. It's changing the position of pixels throughout the image. And so, I want to preserve the background image, so that if I decide later that the effect wasn't exactly what I wanted, I still have the original image to work with. I'll start by creating a copy of my Background Image layer. So, I'll simply click and drag the thumbnail for that Background Image layer, down to the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel. When I release the mouse, you'll see that a background copy is created. I can then go to the Filter menu and choose any of the filters that are available for altering the appearance of the image. In this case, I'll go down to the Distort menu and I'll take a look at the Ripple Filter.

Now, there are many other options available to you and with time you'll become familiar with many of those other Filter Options, as well as the Filter Gallery which contains yet more Filters, but for now, let's keep it simple and just take a look at one single Filter. When I choose this command from the menu, the filter dialog will come up. Keep in mind that I am applying the filter effect to the background copy, so my underlying Background Image layer will be preserved. So any of the distortion effect I apply is really just happening to a copy of my image.

The original pixel values will be safely stored on that background layer. With most of the creative filters in Photoshop you'll have a variety of adjustments to choose from. Let's not worry about the particulars of which settings we might use for this particular filter and instead just think generally. You would probably want to play around with all of the various options for the filter that you're working with to get a better sense of what might be possible for the image. In this case, there is a size setting as well as an amount for the Ripple effect and, in fact, we can go with a positive or negative number if we'd like, but again, let's not worry about the particulars.

Just be aware that, for any given filter, there will. Will typically be some adjustments that are available to you. Ways that you can modify the effect on the image. In some cases, the filter effect will be previewed in the entire photo. In other cases, you'll only have a smaller preview in the dialog. It will just depend on the particular filter that you're using. Once you've established the settings for that filter, though, you can go ahead and click the OK button. In order to apply that effect to the photo. So as you can see, applying a single filter effect to an image is very, very easy.

In most cases I would work on a copy of the Background Image layer in order to preserve those original pixels. But otherwise just have fun playing with the various filters that are available. And seeing how you might use them to create an interesting interpretation of one of your photos.

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Photoshop Creative Effects and Filters

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  1. 1m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
  2. 16m 23s
    1. Adding a single filter
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Filter Gallery
      4m 51s
    3. Using Smart Filters
      4m 2s
    4. A flexible filter workflow
      4m 9s
  3. 36m 0s
    1. Creating an ethereal effect with Clarity
      2m 13s
    2. Creating a black-and-white interpretation of an image
      3m 12s
    3. Adding a monochromatic tint effect
      2m 27s
    4. Using a gradient map preset
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a gradient map preset
      7m 48s
    6. Adding a vignette
      3m 17s
    7. Adding film grain
      5m 25s
    8. Oversharpening
      3m 17s
    9. HDR tone mapping
      5m 39s
  4. 37m 47s
    1. Creating a filtered edge effect
      4m 6s
    2. Producing a dreamy look with Surface Blur
      3m 4s
    3. Iris Blur with a twist
      4m 32s
    4. The Tilt-Shift blur effect
      3m 52s
    5. Creating an oil paint effect
      4m 36s
    6. Adding selective motion blur
      4m 36s
    7. Adding lens flare
      5m 21s
    8. Adding a lighting effect
      5m 6s
    9. Adding an ethereal glow
      2m 34s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Applying a wild curve
      3m 1s
    2. Playing with blend modes
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a painterly effect with Find Edges
      2m 41s
    4. Creating a sketch effect
      5m 26s
    5. Crystallizing pixels
      3m 6s
    6. Getting extreme with Mezzotint
      3m 42s
    7. The Solarize filter
      2m 25s
  6. 38m 38s
    1. Smearing with Liquify
      7m 0s
    2. Going fish-eye with Polar Coordinates
      3m 38s
    3. Using the Spherize and Pinch filters
      3m 18s
    4. Using the Ripple, Twirl, Wave, and ZigZag filters
      5m 45s
    5. Getting blocky with Mosaic
      2m 44s
    6. Creating huge pixels with Pointilize
      3m 0s
    7. Creating tiles
      3m 42s
    8. Creating blocks with Extrude
      4m 29s
    9. Mapping the image with Trace Contour
      2m 44s
    10. Creating a stylized wind-blown effect
      2m 18s

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