Photoshop for Designers: Filters
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Suggestions for working with the Oil Paint filter


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Photoshop for Designers: Filters

with Nigel French

Video: Suggestions for working with the Oil Paint filter

The Oil paint Filter new in CS6 is so easy to use and gives such good results that it almost feels like cheating. You really can't go wrong. I'd like to give you some simple ideas for working with the oil paint filter. Beginning with this image which sort of already has a "paintily" feel about it. I'm going to apply the oil paint filter. First of all I will convert to a smart object, then come to oil paint, one of my big filters, one of the above the fold filters.
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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      42s
  2. 18m 6s
    1. Designing with filters
      1m 25s
    2. Terms, keyboard shortcuts, and menus
      6m 47s
    3. The importance of Smart Filters
      2m 50s
    4. Understanding filter blend modes
      1m 47s
    5. Using filter masks
      1m 49s
    6. The stacking order of filters
      3m 28s
  3. 24m 1s
    1. Sharpening overview
      4m 17s
    2. Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
      4m 22s
    3. Sharpening with Vivid Light and Surface Blur
      4m 51s
    4. Sharpening with Gaussian Blur
      5m 38s
    5. High-pass sharpening
      1m 41s
    6. Sharpening and line art
      3m 12s
  4. 28m 26s
    1. Using Field Blur to vary focus in a scene
      3m 22s
    2. Using Iris Blur to accentuate a foreground
      3m 9s
    3. Using Iris Blur with the Bokeh effect
      2m 57s
    4. Creating an abstract bokeh background
      3m 38s
    5. Creating a tilt-shift effect
      4m 27s
    6. Creating a blur effect with Motion Blur and Puppet Warp
      6m 31s
    7. Using Motion Blur to create a starburst effect
      2m 9s
    8. Creating a radial blur
      2m 13s
  5. 45m 57s
    1. An overview of the Filter Gallery
      3m 44s
    2. Beyond the Colored Pencil
      4m 47s
    3. Using the Cutout filter: Part one
      9m 50s
    4. Using the Cutout filter: Part two
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cutout filter: Part three
      6m 48s
    6. The Dry Brush filter
      2m 48s
    7. Looking at the Fresco filter
      4m 31s
    8. Turning on the neon
      5m 32s
    9. Using the Poster Edges filter
      3m 11s
  6. 20m 21s
    1. The Angled Strokes filter
      3m 32s
    2. The Crosshatch filter
      4m 24s
    3. The Ink Outlines filter
      7m 15s
    4. Sumi-e
      5m 10s
  7. 27m 1s
    1. Creating a circular image with the Polar Coordinates filter
      8m 7s
    2. Applying distort filters to shape layers
      7m 19s
    3. Creating marbled paper with the Wave filter
      7m 46s
    4. Creating Art Nouveau type with the ZigZag filter
      3m 49s
  8. 30m 34s
    1. Using the Color Halftone filter
      3m 59s
    2. Using Color Halftone for a black-and-white halftone effect
      4m 17s
    3. Creating a line drawing with the Fragment filter
      3m 0s
    4. Creating an authentic mezzotint
      9m 31s
    5. Creating a misregistration effect
      2m 15s
    6. Experimenting with pointillist techniques
      7m 32s
  9. 30m 19s
    1. Creating a woodgrain effect with Fibers
      3m 16s
    2. Distressing a photo with Fibers and Difference Clouds
      7m 56s
    3. Creating synthetic textures with the Clouds filter
      2m 25s
    4. Adding drama with Lens Flare
      6m 27s
    5. Using Lighting Effects with a texture map
      5m 44s
    6. Creating a patchwork effect
      4m 31s
  10. 49m 28s
    1. Combining Bas Relief with Lighting Effects
      8m 8s
    2. Creating a charcoal portrait
      3m 54s
    3. Making it shine with the Chrome filter
      5m 47s
    4. Creating a portrait with the Graphic Pen filter
      4m 5s
    5. Creating a circular halftone effect
      5m 12s
    6. Creating a line halftone effect with a displacement map
      4m 35s
    7. Creating a scan-line effect
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a hand-painted look using the Photocopy filter
      7m 19s
    9. Creating a "cut paper collage" using the Stamp filter
      5m 30s
  11. 38m 39s
    1. Creating a painterly look with the Diffuse filter
      4m 26s
    2. Using the Find Edges filter to create a line drawing
      3m 49s
    3. Combining the Find Edges filter with hand painting
      8m 22s
    4. Creating a glowing-edges effect
      4m 15s
    5. Creating effective solarizations
      2m 42s
    6. Creative use of the Tiles and Offset filters
      8m 11s
    7. Creating a line drawing with the Trace Contour filter
      6m 54s
  12. 20m 44s
    1. Straightening perspective with Adaptive Wide Angle
      4m 45s
    2. Combining Lens Correction and Adaptive Wide Angle
      2m 31s
    3. Suggestions for working with the Oil Paint filter
      5m 24s
    4. A simple application of the Vanishing Point filter
      3m 40s
    5. Combining the Liquify and Vanishing Point filters
      4m 24s
  13. 1m 56s
    1. Third-party filters and beyond
      1m 56s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop for Designers: Filters
5h 37m Intermediate Apr 26, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the importance of Smart Filters
  • Sharpening with filters
  • Creative use of filter blend modes
  • Painting in the effect of a filter using filter masks
  • Combining filters
Subject:
Design
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Nigel French

Suggestions for working with the Oil Paint filter

The Oil paint Filter new in CS6 is so easy to use and gives such good results that it almost feels like cheating. You really can't go wrong. I'd like to give you some simple ideas for working with the oil paint filter. Beginning with this image which sort of already has a "paintily" feel about it. I'm going to apply the oil paint filter. First of all I will convert to a smart object, then come to oil paint, one of my big filters, one of the above the fold filters.

And then it's really just a question of adjusting the setting until you find something that you like. If I want to go for a light application of the oil paint filter, I'm going to increase my cleanliness all the way and I'm going to take down my styliliziation see what happens when I pump that stylization up it becomes almost abstract. And then I can also reduce the amount of shine. Let's take a look at another example. The oil paint filter is fantastic for breathing new life into images that didn't quite make it.

And this is such an image so I'm going to convert this to smart object and then apply oil paint and in this instance I am going to have a heavier application of oil paint so I'm going to increase the amount of stylization. To give me a result like that. But then I might want to go a little bit further with this. I find that the blues in the image are a little bit distracting. So I want to drop out those blues.

I'm going to add a color lookup table, and there is a pre-defined color lookup table called Drop Blues which does exactly that. And I feel like that's definitely a step in the right direction. There's the before and there's the after, but there is something else I'd like to do and that is desaturate the greens. So I'm going to also add a hue saturation adjustment layer. And I'll come and use my targeted adjustment slider. Now, since I want to adjust the saturation, I will just click on the greens and then drag to the left and that will desaturate the greens. So, let's see where we've arrived at there.

There's my beginning file, there's the oil paint filter applied to it. The Color Lookup adjustment layer which is dropping the blues. And the Hue Saturation adjustment layer which is desaturating the greens. Something else you might want to try, and here's another of those images that. Without something done to it, would be just a candidate for the reject bin. But, I want to try and breathe new life into this image. I particularly do not like the color palette of this image.

So what I'm gonna do is, find a color palette I do like, and I've gone to Wikipedia and I'm using this image of the girl with the pearl earring by Vermeer. I have copied this. And pasted it into photoshop then I'm going to choose save for web and I need to save it as a... well actually i'm not going to save it but I need to choose at this point .gif or .png as my file type. Because what I want to do is export a color table so these are the colors that are being extracted from this image.

I'm gonna change that to No Dither. And I'm gonna try and, this time, work with a limited range of these colors. So, I'm gonna reduce that down to 64, and then I'm going to choose Save Color Table. And I will come and save this in my folder. I already have one that I created earlier so I'm going to call this one vermeer1. I can now cancel out of there and switch back to my less than masterful work in progress. And I'm going to convert this from an RGB image into an indexed color image.

So I'll come up to the image menu. Mode, index color. Now the reason I'm doing this is so that I can use that color look-up table that I just saved. So where it says palette I'm going to choose custom, then click on load, and then navigate to the place where I saved that look-up table. And there is my palette. I wanna make sure that I have the Dithering set to None. I can now click OK. If I want to apply the Oil Paint filter, I now have to change my image back to an RGB image.

Convert the Background Layer to a Smart Object. And then, come and choose Oil Paint from my filters, adjust these sliders to my liking. But the important point here, is that I now have a whole new color palette, which is definitely improving the look of this image. And if we see where we began, we have this very garish color palette and we're finishing up with this far more sympathetic color palette derived from Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring. So there are just some ideas and they are just the tip of the iceberg for working with the fantastic new oil paint filter.

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