Photoshop for Designers: Filters
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Creating effective solarizations


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Photoshop for Designers: Filters

with Nigel French

Video: Creating effective solarizations

I'd like to thank my friend Tom Good on Staton Island for showing me this technique. This technique of solarizing the image does not use the solarize filter. The solarize filter, which is part of the stylize group offers no options whatsoever. You get what you are given and you can achieve a much better solarization effect by using adjustment layers A solarized image is one where part, usually about half of the tonal range, is reversed or made negative.
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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      42s
  2. 18m 6s
    1. Designing with filters
      1m 25s
    2. Terms, keyboard shortcuts, and menus
      6m 47s
    3. The importance of Smart Filters
      2m 50s
    4. Understanding filter blend modes
      1m 47s
    5. Using filter masks
      1m 49s
    6. The stacking order of filters
      3m 28s
  3. 24m 1s
    1. Sharpening overview
      4m 17s
    2. Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
      4m 22s
    3. Sharpening with Vivid Light and Surface Blur
      4m 51s
    4. Sharpening with Gaussian Blur
      5m 38s
    5. High-pass sharpening
      1m 41s
    6. Sharpening and line art
      3m 12s
  4. 28m 26s
    1. Using Field Blur to vary focus in a scene
      3m 22s
    2. Using Iris Blur to accentuate a foreground
      3m 9s
    3. Using Iris Blur with the Bokeh effect
      2m 57s
    4. Creating an abstract bokeh background
      3m 38s
    5. Creating a tilt-shift effect
      4m 27s
    6. Creating a blur effect with Motion Blur and Puppet Warp
      6m 31s
    7. Using Motion Blur to create a starburst effect
      2m 9s
    8. Creating a radial blur
      2m 13s
  5. 45m 57s
    1. An overview of the Filter Gallery
      3m 44s
    2. Beyond the Colored Pencil
      4m 47s
    3. Using the Cutout filter: Part one
      9m 50s
    4. Using the Cutout filter: Part two
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cutout filter: Part three
      6m 48s
    6. The Dry Brush filter
      2m 48s
    7. Looking at the Fresco filter
      4m 31s
    8. Turning on the neon
      5m 32s
    9. Using the Poster Edges filter
      3m 11s
  6. 20m 21s
    1. The Angled Strokes filter
      3m 32s
    2. The Crosshatch filter
      4m 24s
    3. The Ink Outlines filter
      7m 15s
    4. Sumi-e
      5m 10s
  7. 27m 1s
    1. Creating a circular image with the Polar Coordinates filter
      8m 7s
    2. Applying distort filters to shape layers
      7m 19s
    3. Creating marbled paper with the Wave filter
      7m 46s
    4. Creating Art Nouveau type with the ZigZag filter
      3m 49s
  8. 30m 34s
    1. Using the Color Halftone filter
      3m 59s
    2. Using Color Halftone for a black-and-white halftone effect
      4m 17s
    3. Creating a line drawing with the Fragment filter
      3m 0s
    4. Creating an authentic mezzotint
      9m 31s
    5. Creating a misregistration effect
      2m 15s
    6. Experimenting with pointillist techniques
      7m 32s
  9. 30m 19s
    1. Creating a woodgrain effect with Fibers
      3m 16s
    2. Distressing a photo with Fibers and Difference Clouds
      7m 56s
    3. Creating synthetic textures with the Clouds filter
      2m 25s
    4. Adding drama with Lens Flare
      6m 27s
    5. Using Lighting Effects with a texture map
      5m 44s
    6. Creating a patchwork effect
      4m 31s
  10. 49m 28s
    1. Combining Bas Relief with Lighting Effects
      8m 8s
    2. Creating a charcoal portrait
      3m 54s
    3. Making it shine with the Chrome filter
      5m 47s
    4. Creating a portrait with the Graphic Pen filter
      4m 5s
    5. Creating a circular halftone effect
      5m 12s
    6. Creating a line halftone effect with a displacement map
      4m 35s
    7. Creating a scan-line effect
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a hand-painted look using the Photocopy filter
      7m 19s
    9. Creating a "cut paper collage" using the Stamp filter
      5m 30s
  11. 38m 39s
    1. Creating a painterly look with the Diffuse filter
      4m 26s
    2. Using the Find Edges filter to create a line drawing
      3m 49s
    3. Combining the Find Edges filter with hand painting
      8m 22s
    4. Creating a glowing-edges effect
      4m 15s
    5. Creating effective solarizations
      2m 42s
    6. Creative use of the Tiles and Offset filters
      8m 11s
    7. Creating a line drawing with the Trace Contour filter
      6m 54s
  12. 20m 44s
    1. Straightening perspective with Adaptive Wide Angle
      4m 45s
    2. Combining Lens Correction and Adaptive Wide Angle
      2m 31s
    3. Suggestions for working with the Oil Paint filter
      5m 24s
    4. A simple application of the Vanishing Point filter
      3m 40s
    5. Combining the Liquify and Vanishing Point filters
      4m 24s
  13. 1m 56s
    1. Third-party filters and beyond
      1m 56s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop for Designers: Filters
5h 37m Intermediate Apr 26, 2013

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Filters are a part of Adobe Photoshop often misused or overlooked by designers. Author Nigel French teaches a creative approach to filters, explaining how to combine them both with other filters and with the Photoshop masking and blending tools for maximum visual impact. Plus, learn how to use filter blending modes, filter masks, and how to stack filters to create unique filter combinations.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the importance of Smart Filters
  • Sharpening with filters
  • Creative use of filter blend modes
  • Painting in the effect of a filter using filter masks
  • Combining filters
Subject:
Design
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Nigel French

Creating effective solarizations

I'd like to thank my friend Tom Good on Staton Island for showing me this technique. This technique of solarizing the image does not use the solarize filter. The solarize filter, which is part of the stylize group offers no options whatsoever. You get what you are given and you can achieve a much better solarization effect by using adjustment layers A solarized image is one where part, usually about half of the tonal range, is reversed or made negative.

If we wanna compare the result of our custom solarization with applying the Solarize filter, to the same image, we can turn on this layer group here where you can see, I have applied that filter. And that's what it would look like. Rather flat and uninteresting, I think, by comparison. I'm gonna switch now to the starting state of the file. It begins its life as a color image. You can apply Solarization to color images. But I think the effect is more dramatic and overall more pleasing when applied to a monochromatic image. So for that reason, first thing I'm going to do, is apply a black and white adjustment layer.

Next thing I'm going to do is apply a levels adjustment layer, with which I'm going to boost the contrast. So this is probably going to work best on a somewhat overexposed image. So I'm bringing the white point towards the center, and also getting on the gray point and moving that to the left. And then finally, and this really is the punchline, I'm going to apply a curves adjustment. Down here I have my shadows and up here I have my highlights. This now needs to become a bell shaped curve.

So I'm going to drag that all the way down like so to flatten it out completely - results in a black image. But now from the mid-point, I will add an anchor point. and I will pull that up. Now, just how far I pull that up is entirely up to me. And that's where we get to exercise our creative control here. Control that we just do not have with the solarized filter. So I can put it up as high or leave it down as low as I want and I'm going to go to about there I can also since I've applied these changes as adjustment layers come and dial in the exact amount of contrast that I want.

I decide that maybe I don't want to move the gray point slider all the way to the left after all because it looks really interesting, I think, with this particular image when I move it back a little bit towards the right. So you have a lot of creative control, creatove control that you just do not get using the solarized filter

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