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Using the Spherize and Pinch filters

From: Photoshop Creative Effects and Filters

Video: Using the Spherize and Pinch filters

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.

Using the Spherize and Pinch filters

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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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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