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Applying effects

From: Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

Video: Applying effects

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.

Applying effects

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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Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

43 video lessons · 11227 viewers

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 3m 7s
    1. Overview
      3m 7s
  3. 19m 26s
    1. Importing images from a camera
      4m 3s
    2. Using Adobe Bridge
      7m 10s
    3. Using Camera Raw
      5m 57s
    4. Opening images in Photoshop
      2m 16s
  4. 45m 18s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 43s
    2. Interface overview
      5m 43s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 58s
    4. Working with layers
      9m 33s
    5. Straightening images
      3m 15s
    6. Cropping images
      3m 54s
    7. Performing basic transformations
      5m 45s
    8. Moving and aligning objects
      8m 27s
  5. 8m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding resolution
      4m 32s
    3. Saving your work
      1m 45s
  6. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding color modes
      3m 55s
    2. Using adjustment layers
      3m 35s
    3. Fixing problems automatically
      2m 36s
    4. Reading a histogram
      3m 40s
    5. Adjusting exposure (brightness)
      4m 27s
    6. Adjusting colors selectively
      5m 20s
  7. 31m 4s
    1. Intro to selecting
      4m 47s
    2. Making quick selections
      6m 45s
    3. Refining selections
      8m 26s
    4. Making a collage
      11m 6s
  8. 11m 46s
    1. Removing small problems
      2m 4s
    2. Fixing bigger problems
      6m 39s
    3. Intelligently scaling an object
      3m 3s
  9. 12m 33s
    1. Creating Smart Objects
      5m 13s
    2. Applying effects
      5m 1s
    3. Adjusting applied effects
      2m 19s
  10. 26m 30s
    1. Creating text
      5m 47s
    2. Editing text
      8m 30s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 54s
    4. Creating graphic design elements
      6m 19s
  11. 31m 14s
    1. Painting
      9m 54s
    2. Customizing brushes
      9m 44s
    3. Creating vector shapes
      11m 36s
  12. 14m 51s
    1. Understanding file formats
      3m 46s
    2. Saving for the web
      7m 6s
    3. Printing from Photoshop
      3m 59s

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