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Getting extreme with Mezzotint

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Video: Getting extreme with Mezzotint

If you ever stumbled upon the Mezzotint filter in Photoshop, you might have assumed that it really had no place in a photographic image. But actually, you can use it as part of an overall effect that can be quite interesting for certain images. I'll start off by creating a copy of my Background Image layer. So, I'll drag the thumbnail for that layer down to the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel. And then, I'm going to convert this layer to a Smart Object so that I have a little bit more flexibility for the filter. I'll go to the Filter menu and choose Convert for Smart filters. And then I'll click OK to confirm that change, and now my background copy is a Smart Object.

Getting extreme with Mezzotint

If you ever stumbled upon the Mezzotint filter in Photoshop, you might have assumed that it really had no place in a photographic image. But actually, you can use it as part of an overall effect that can be quite interesting for certain images. I'll start off by creating a copy of my Background Image layer. So, I'll drag the thumbnail for that layer down to the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel. And then, I'm going to convert this layer to a Smart Object so that I have a little bit more flexibility for the filter. I'll go to the Filter menu and choose Convert for Smart filters. And then I'll click OK to confirm that change, and now my background copy is a Smart Object.

So, when I apply filters, they will be applied as Smart filters, so I can go back and change the settings for those filters at any time. I'll then go to the Filter menu and I'm going to choose Pixelate, followed by Mezzotint, and that will bring up the Mezzotint dialog. But there's only one control available to us, and we can't even adjust the degree of change. We can simply choose the pattern that's going to be used to alter the image. So, you see we have a series of options for dots. We also have I have some options for lines, and we have some settings for strokes.

And essentially, our only control is the overall size of those features. I'll go ahead and use the Medium Dots settings here and then I'll click OK in order to apply that effect. Now obviously, this is a rather dramatic result, but we can use that to our advantage. I'm going to go ahead and change the Blend mode for this layer to the Overlay Blend mode. And that will cause a contrast enhancement in the underlying image. So, we're using the texture of that Mezzotint filter in order to alter the appearance of the underlying image.

Now, if I wanted to tone down the effect, I could certainly reduce the Opacity setting at the top right of the Layers panel. But I think that I like this strong effect. In fact, I think that I might also add a vignetting effect to darken up the corners of the image in order to dramatize this already rather dramatic interpretation of the photo. So, I'll go ahead and choose Filter followed by Lens Correction. That will bring up the Lens Correction dialog. I'll make sure that all of the Auto options are turned off. And then, I'll go to the Custom tab. And I will reduce the value for amount under the vignette section in order to darken up those corners.

I can also adjust the midpoint pulling the adjustment, the darkening of the edges further into the center of the image, or further away from the center. In this case, I'll drag to the left a little bit and maybe darken up that amount setting just a little bit more as well. I'll then click OK to apply that effect. And you'll see now that under Smart filters, I have two filters that I've applied to this image, the Mezzotint filter as well as the Lens Correction filter. I can turn off the visibility for either of those if I'd like at any given time, just by clicking on the Eye icon to the left of the name of that filter.

And I can also change the settings for the filter at any time. I'll double-click on the Mezzotint filter, for example. I'll receive a message letting me know that I won't be able to see the full preview when I'm working with Smart filters on a Smart Object. I'll go ahead and click OK. And then, I can change the setting for the Mezzotint filter, if I'd like. We'll go ahead and take a look and medium lines, for example. I'll go ahead and click OK. And that will apply to the image and actually, that's kind of working a little bit better. I think that texture is interesting for the brick wall, as well as for the metal here in the foreground.

So, I think I'll leave that option set as it is. Now, in this case, obviously a very dramatic interpretation of the photo. But it gives you a good sense of how you could potentially use a filter that you might otherwise assume. It really wasn't going to be very useful for a photographic image.

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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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