Photoshop Creative Effects and Filters
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The Solarize filter


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Photoshop Creative Effects and Filters

with Tim Grey

Video: The Solarize filter

The solarization effect for photographic images has been around probably just about as long as photography has existed. I'm not entirely convinced that it was originally created intentionally, it may have very well been an accident. But it does indeed produce an interesting effect nevertheless. In Photoshop, we have a Solarization filter that makes it very easy to achieve this type of effect. Let's take a look at how we can apply that effect. I'll start off by creating a copy of the Background Image layer by dragging the thumbnail. For that Background layer down to the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel. I'll then go to the Filter menu and then choose Stylize, and then Solarize. Notice that there's no ellipsis after the Solarize item on the menu, and that's an indication that there are no options for this filter. When you choose this filter from the menu, it will simply apply to the image all by itself with no need for input from you.
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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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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop Creative Effects and Filters
2h 34m Intermediate Oct 11, 2012

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In this one of-a-kind workshop Tim shares his favorite techniques for using Adobe Photoshop's effects and filters to create imaginative, out-of-the-ordinary images. He starts with simple things like black-and-white interpretations, monochromatic tints, vignettes, and film grain, then moves on to more dramatic effects like Surface Blur, Tilt-Shift Blur, Oil Paint. From there, head into "wilder territory," as Tim explores some experimental ways to stylize and distort your images.

Topics include:
  • Working with the Filter Gallery
  • Creating a black-and-white effect
  • Applying a vignette
  • Adding motion blur
  • Creating a painterly effect with Find Edges
  • Smearing with Liquify
  • Mapping the image with Trace Contour
Subjects:
Photography video2brain
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Tim Grey

The Solarize filter

The solarization effect for photographic images has been around probably just about as long as photography has existed. I'm not entirely convinced that it was originally created intentionally, it may have very well been an accident. But it does indeed produce an interesting effect nevertheless. In Photoshop, we have a Solarization filter that makes it very easy to achieve this type of effect. Let's take a look at how we can apply that effect. I'll start off by creating a copy of the Background Image layer by dragging the thumbnail. For that Background layer down to the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel. I'll then go to the Filter menu and then choose Stylize, and then Solarize. Notice that there's no ellipsis after the Solarize item on the menu, and that's an indication that there are no options for this filter. When you choose this filter from the menu, it will simply apply to the image all by itself with no need for input from you.

I'll go ahead and choose that filter and you can see I have the solarization effect applied to the image. In many respects, you can think of this as an inversion of certain tonal values within the image. But the result can sometimes lead to posterization or in opalescence sort of a effect in certain areas of the photo. So, certainly very interesting. We can also use a variety of techniques to tinker with the result here. For example, we could change the Blend mode for the image. Oftentimes, I find the pin light produces an interesting results for the image.

You could also apply variety of different adjustments. So for example, I might add a Curve Adjustments layer. And then perhaps, add a little bit of contrast to the image or even create a more dramatic effect by really exaggerating contrast in the photo. The point is that we can play around with the effect. You might use this effect for just part of the image with a layer mask, for example. You can imagine looking at this photo, for example, that if you had a sky all by itself and you apply a strong solarization effect. Perhaps, with a few adjustments thrown in for good measure.

You could then use a layer mask to blend that very dramatic sky behind a different scene. Whatever you choose to do, starting off with solarization is very, very simple. It's just a one click filter, but I do encourage you to experiment around with different ways to change the effect of that solarization through various blend modes, adjustment layers and other techniques.

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