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Adobe Photoshop is more than just an image editing application—it is a foundational staple in all the visual arts, from print design, to photography, to web design, to motion graphics and 3D graphics. In this course, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins covers the basics of Photoshop. Learn about the components of visual images, making selections, color correcting, fixing images, outputting images, and much more. This course uses Photoshop CS6, but the information presented is applicable to all versions of the application.
Photoshop ships with a huge host of special effects that you can apply to your images and different layers and your image and that's what we're going to look at in this movie how to apply those effects and how to apply them intelligently. So I have this right shape layer selected here, that one, and I'm going to go to the Filter menu, which is where we get our effects, or filters is another name for them. Now, what we can do, is we can go, let's say, for example, to the Blur menu, and we'll choose Gaussian Blur, which allows you just to blur a layer.
And I'll just pick some random number, it doesn't matter, click Okay, and notice that it just applied it to the layer. So my layer is now blurred for good. That's it, I mean, there's nothing I can do to this to get back that clarity. So it's not a very intelligent way to work. If you're doing this for a client, may say well I see this is a little bit too blurry. There's no way to get that back, so I'm going to hit command Z, or control Z on the PC, to undo that. Now, here's the intelligent way to do it. I go to the filter menu and I can choose convert for smart filters.
And actually what this does is just turns it into a smart object, which I can also do by right-clicking on the layer and choosing convert to smart object. Now we get this little icon here letting us know it's a smart object, and it's safe to apply filters to. So I go to the Filter menu, then go back to Blur, Gaussian Blur, and now we apply this blur, we can go crazy, click Okay, and it's right here at the bottom of the Layers panel.
You can take off the eye icon, and remove its visibility, no big deal. So nothing has been done permanently, to damage this image. Now could apply as many filters to a layer as we want to. So I'm going to go to the Filter menu, and choose Render, and then apply lighting effects. This allows me to create an artificial light in the scene, which is kind of cool. So, the light is basically pointing at this little point, right here.
So I'm going to click the little widget and scale this out a little bit. I kind of want to create, like, a little. Intense mood, lighting here. We can control the hotspot angle by clicking and dragging on the circle here. And I might, spread that out a little bit, create a nice little light. And I actually want to bring down the intensity of the light, so I'm going to click on this little widget. As we click and drag around the circle here it gets more light. As we click and drag upwards we kind of reduce the light. Add kind of a little hint of light here and it looks kind of cool. So I can go ahead and click okay up here.
And now lighting effects are here and we can turn that off any time we want, but it creates this nice little, silhouette, because we've kind of, re-lit it, it also brings out the depth here and it makes it seem a little bit more three-dimensional. So this is a host of filters to play with, all kinds of blurs and ways to distort layers. You could add noise and render, the render sub menu here creates things from scratch. So we can create clouds, fibers, even some basic lens flares here all from scratch.
And it's just a really cool way to change the way that your footage looks. There's also a filter gallery here, and if we apply filter gallery to this we could see that we have a huge host. Move this over so I can see my layer here. We have a series of artistic, filters that we can add that apply different effects, creative effects. You have to be kind of, tactful about the way that you apply these, cuz it's possible to, to overdo it.
And once you select one of these effects you can see its options right here, on the right-hand side. So we could say for example, lower the brush detail on this or increase it, or increase the shadow intensity, increase the texture, and all these different options. So there's all these different categories here, brush strokes, distort, sketch, stylize. So, these are all different ways that you can play with your layers using effect, and I realize I hate this, it's terrible. I could just go to the filter gallery.
Little layer, sublayer here. Click the eye icon, turn off the visibility and we're back to where we started or even take off actually smart filters. Click the eye icon for that and the visibility for all filters is taken off, and we see our original layer. So because we converted to a smart object first, then all of these filters are completely nondestructive. So I suppose the moral of the story is just to have at it, have fun, convert your layer to a smart object and then play with filters, get used to what you can do with them. Although it's easy to overuse them, they can be a really fun part of Photoshop.
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