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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.
At times, I'll play around with an image looking for different ways that I can distort and warp the pixels to create an interesting result. And every now and then, I'll play with the Spherize and Pinch filters. In many ways, they're very, very similar. They sort of apply the opposite effect to an image. And so, you might take a look at both of them if you're considering either of them. Let's get started by creating a copy. Copy of the Background Image layer. I'll direct the thumbnail for that Background layer down to the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel.
And this layer, I'm going to use the Spherize filter. So, I'll double-click the name of that layer, and I'll type Spherize, and then press Enter or Return on the keyboard in order to apply that name change. And then, I'll go to the Filter menu and I'll choose Distort followed by Spherize. Now, looking at the Preview and adjusting the Amount slider, it almost just looks like I'm getting a zoom in or out effect. But that's just because I can't see the entirety of the image. So, I'll zoom out just a little bit. And we'll see that sure enough, we're bulging the image out with this filter as though it were wrapped around a sphere. If we take the value down to a negative amount.
Then we're essentially pinching the image inward. But generally, when I'm working with Spherize, I'll use a positive value and very often I'll exaggerate a bit by using a rather high positive value. That's looking really reasonably good. Note by the way, that we have a mode option where we can choose to Spherize only on a horizontal axis or only on a vertical axis. But in most cases, I'll use the normal option which will spherize on both axis. I'll go ahead now and click OK in order to apply that effect. And then, I'm going to create another copy of my Background Image layer in order to apply the Pinch filter.
So, I'll go ahead and drag the thumbnail for my Background Image layer down to the Create New Layer button. And then, I'll double-click on the layer once again, and I'll call this one Pinch, and press Enter or Return. I'll then turn off the Visibility for the Spherize layer just by clicking the Eye icon to the left of that layer. So now, we're not seeing Spherize and we can therefore see the Pinch layer. I'll then choose Filter > Distort, and then Pinch from the menu. You'll notice that this dialog is very similar to the Spherize dialog, except we don't have the option for horizontal, vertical or both. I'll go ahead though, and adjust the Amount slider. Once again, difficult to see the effect in the Preview at 100%. So, you'll probably want to zoom out a little bit. A negative value will cause a bulging that is very similar to spherize, but a positive value will pinch that image inward a little bit. I'll go ahead and adjust that value and then click the OK button in order to apply that distortion.
And now I can review the different results. I'll turn off the Pinch layer so that we can see the Background Image layer, the unadulterated image. And then, I can turn on the Visibility for the Pinch layer to see that version of the image. And I can turn on the Spherize layer to see that version. In this case, I think I like the pinch version the best, so I'd probably work with that for this particular image. But it's a good idea to play with both Pinch and Spherize if you're interested in applying this sort of distortion effect to an image.
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