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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
In the last movie, in the previous chapter, I've started to introduce the topic of how we can work with filters and how we can use filters in order to apply some creative and fascinating effects to our photographs. Well, here in this chapter, we're going to dig deeper into this topic. And let's start off by working with this image here. Typically, what you want to do is you want either apply the filter to a duplicate layer or you want to apply it as a smart filter. Now we'll be talking about smart filters more later. So for now, let's go ahead and simply duplicate this Background layer.
We can do so by pressing Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows. Next, I'm going to name this new layer, filter. Now we can access the various filters by going to the Filter pull-down menu. You'll notice there are different groups of filter which allow us to either blur or distort. We can add noise or we can render different effects or we can sharpen. There are so many things that we can do here. One way that you can get familiar with some of the creative filters is by navigating to the Filter Gallery. This will then show us a group of different types of filters.
Here I'm just clicking and dragging to reposition the image so I can focus in on an important part of the picture. Next, we can open up these folders and inside of these folders, you'll notice we can see these different filters. To apply one, we can simply click on that filter and you can see it. To change the settings, well, we can then control that by controlling these controls here on the other side. We can also simply click through these and really quickly see different types of filters. As we move through this, you'll notice that it removes the previous filter and then we can add a new filter.
There are all sorts of filters which allow us to come up with different types of effects. Again, we can turn the visibility of these On and Off by clicking in this panel here as well. All right, well, let's just go down and take a look at a few more. There are filters which allow us to distort, some which allow us to create more of a sketch type of an aesthetic, and then still others which allow us to stylize the image in really creative ways. At the bottom of this group, we have some filters which allow us to add texture, and again, if ever you see a filter which doesn't really work, well, just tinker a little bit with these controls and sometimes what you'll need to do is to change the settings in order to control how it might work with your photograph.
All right, well, now that we've seen all of these in this Filter Gallery, how could we then apply one of these filters? What we need to do is to choose the filter that we wanted to apply, say, like this one here. Next, just go ahead and click OK, it will then apply that filter to this layer. Now, this is on a separate layer. So if we don't like it, well, we can just turn off the visibility of this layer. To reapply the filter, just turn that Eye icon back on. So by working on a separate layer in a sense, what this does is it protects our original layer and that's really important when it comes to filters, because filters a lot of times make our image look completely different.
Here with this filter, I don't think it looks very good. So in order to get rid of the layer, we'll just press the Delete key and then you can remove that filter. All right, well, now that we've been introduced to how we can add a filter to a new layer and also now that we've seen some of the limitations of working in that way, what I want to do next is introduce you to the topic of working with smart filters. Let's take a look at how we can use smart filters and let's continue to take a look at how we can work with filters and in particular, smart filters, and let's do that in the next movie.
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