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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.
The Dry Brush filter is going to give us a stipple effect which can look really good, but it doesn't really look much like a paint brush. So, let's not even bother trying to make it look like a dry brush, but just after an interesting effect. And this is my interesting effect. This is using a picture of Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, California. And it begins like this. So I'm using the dry brush filter in combination with the texturizer to apply a sandstone texture to it.
And then also to boost the edge contrast with a copy of that layer. To which I have applied the Find Edges filter. I'm going to switch now to the beginning state, and convert this to a Smart Object. And let's start out by applying Dry Brush. Cmd+0 to fit that image within our preview window. I want to use a small brush size here, so I'm going to bring the brush size down to one. I want maximum detail, and I'm going to have the texture, we have a range of one to three with texture, I'm going to have a texture of two.
That's the result I'm going to get. So the before. And the after. Now I'm going to come back and come down to the texture filters and texturizer. Now you would think it would make logical sense to apply the texture first and then the dry brush. I can tell you I tried it. It didn't work as well as applying the texture afterwards in this context. The texture I'm going to use, given the nature of the subject, is Sandstone. Which seems the most appropriate one.
And I'm just going to go with the default values of 100% scaling and a relief of four, light coming from the top. So now I'm going to duplicate this layer. Cmd+J. And I'm going to delete those two filters. And to the top layer, I'm going to apply a stylize find edges treatment. Which will look like that. Now when you apply find edges, you get these weird color shifts. Or you can, and in this case I do.
To prevent this from happening, I'm going to change the blending mode of the Find Edges filter. By double-clicking on the Blending mode icon, and changing that to Luminosity. And then I'm going to change the Blending mode of the whole layer to Multiply so that this layer will now combine with the layer beneath. And there is our effect. So, dry brush, a texture applied on top of that, then a whole separate layer that really defines the edges and that top layer has the Multiply blend mode applied to it.
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