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Creating a stylized wind-blown effect

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Video: Creating a stylized wind-blown effect

Most of the time when photographing outdoors I'm trying to avoid the wind, and hoping there won't be any wind, or at least not enough wind, to move the subject that I'm photographing. But sometimes you might actually find a wind effect, to be a little bit interesting, an I'm not talking about a motion blur effect caused by wind moving a subject around, but rather by a wind filter in Photoshop. Let's take a look. I'll start off by creating a copy of my background image layer. Dragging that layer down to the Create New Layer button, at the bottom of the Layers panel. And then, from the Filter menu, I'll choose Stylize followed by Wind, that will bring up the Wind dialog.

Creating a stylized wind-blown effect

Most of the time when photographing outdoors I'm trying to avoid the wind, and hoping there won't be any wind, or at least not enough wind, to move the subject that I'm photographing. But sometimes you might actually find a wind effect, to be a little bit interesting, an I'm not talking about a motion blur effect caused by wind moving a subject around, but rather by a wind filter in Photoshop. Let's take a look. I'll start off by creating a copy of my background image layer. Dragging that layer down to the Create New Layer button, at the bottom of the Layers panel. And then, from the Filter menu, I'll choose Stylize followed by Wind, that will bring up the Wind dialog.

I can choose whether I want Wind, Blast, or Stagger as the method for the effect, and I can choose whether I want the direction to be From the right, so you can see that the blast is moving over toward the left, or from the left, so that, that blast affect is happening over toward the right. But I'm not able to adjust the strength of the effect. Effectively, the method, sort of, effects the strength. You can see that blast is a little bit stronger than wind, for example, and stagger creates this, sort of, jagged pattern, this sort of back and forth rippling effect. For this image, I think I'll use the blast effect and I'll set the direction to from the right, and then with those settings established, I'll go ahead and click OK.

You can see, very simple to apply this effect and it creates an interesting sort of painterly effect in the photo. Not exactly a wind blur but more of a blast of pixels coming off of the subject in the photo. But you can also apply a variety of different adjustments in order to enhance this effect. One option that I tend to take a look at in many situations when I'm working with creative effects is the difference blend modes. So at the top of the Layers panel, I'll click the Pop up for Blend mode and choose Difference from that pop up. And that gives us a sort of opal lessen.

Almost psychedelic dark interpretation of the photo, because we're only seeing pixel values where there is a difference between the background copy layer, and the original pixel values on the background layer, and those pixels are displayed as the difference in value between the pixels on the upper layer and the lower layer. So a very interesting effect I'd say for this particular image. And just one of the many possibilities for how you might choose to work with the wind filter.

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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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