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Working in the Filter Gallery


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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Working in the Filter Gallery

There are lots of individual filters in Photoshop. You could apply them one-by-one or you could apply them in combination to get some really unique effects. When you're going to be applying decorative filters in combination, I suggest you use the Filter Gallery, which allows you to preview multiple filters and see how they'll look with each other or individually, before you apply them to an image. In another movie, I showed you another filter feature called Smart Filters. Smart Filters allow you to go back and re-edit whatever filters you apply.
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  1. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 4s
  2. 25m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 25s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      5m 15s
    3. Using tools efficiently
      3m 51s
    4. Arranging panels
      3m 53s
    5. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      2m 50s
    6. Saving a custom workspace
      3m 0s
    7. Changing screen modes
      2m 0s
  3. 19m 3s
    1. Touring the Bridge interface
      6m 31s
    2. Opening images from Bridge
      1m 20s
    3. Reviewing images
      4m 42s
    4. Finding images
      6m 30s
  4. 44m 53s
    1. Setting preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Choosing color settings
      8m 11s
    3. Zooming and panning
      5m 27s
    4. Resizing and image resolution
      3m 17s
    5. Adding to the canvas
      2m 2s
    6. Rotating the canvas
      1m 44s
    7. Choosing color
      4m 49s
    8. Sizing a brush tip
      3m 4s
    9. Undoing and the History panel
      5m 0s
    10. Saving and file formats
      3m 29s
    11. Creating a file from scratch
      3m 27s
  5. 37m 58s
    1. Making geometric selections
      6m 14s
    2. Modifying selections
      4m 43s
    3. Combining selections
      3m 16s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      5m 34s
    5. Refining selection edges
      4m 12s
    6. Using Quick Mask mode
      2m 18s
    7. Selecting with the improved Color Range command
      4m 32s
    8. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    9. Using the Background Eraser tool
      3m 7s
    10. Saving selections
      1m 34s
  6. 39m 56s
    1. Understanding layers
      5m 43s
    2. Creating layers
      5m 12s
    3. Working in the Layers panel
      2m 19s
    4. Locking layers
      4m 17s
    5. Working with multiple layers
      4m 6s
    6. Merging and flattening layers
      3m 55s
    7. Adding a shape layer
      4m 43s
    8. Basic layer masking
      4m 23s
    9. Using layer blend modes and opacity
      5m 18s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Cropping
      3m 26s
    2. Straightening
      3m 17s
    3. Transforming
      4m 42s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    5. Using Content-Aware Scaling
      5m 6s
  8. 1h 10m
    1. Reading histograms
      4m 21s
    2. Using adjustment layers and the Adjustment panel
      6m 4s
    3. Adjusting tones with Levels
      7m 49s
    4. Limiting adjustments with layer masks
      5m 40s
    5. Using masks in the new Masks panel
      6m 9s
    6. Limiting adjustments by clipping
      3m 6s
    7. Adjusting with Shadow/Highlight
      5m 7s
    8. Adjusting with Curves
      7m 37s
    9. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 42s
    10. Adjusting with Vibrance
      2m 16s
    11. Removing a color cast
      4m 26s
    12. Using the Black & White adjustment layer
      2m 39s
    13. Using the Dodge Burn and Sponge tools
      4m 11s
    14. Reducing noise
      2m 39s
    15. Sharpening
      4m 42s
  9. 38m 0s
    1. Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
      5m 17s
    2. Using the Healing Brush tool
      5m 51s
    3. Using the Patch tool
      4m 52s
    4. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      4m 8s
    5. Enhancing eyes
      9m 29s
    6. Changing facial structure
      5m 0s
    7. Softening skin
      3m 23s
  10. 44m 38s
    1. What's a raw image?
      4m 25s
    2. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      7m 35s
    3. Working in the Basic panel
      7m 54s
    4. Working in the Tone Curve panel
      2m 21s
    5. Working in the HSL/Grayscale and Split Toning panels
      3m 46s
    6. Looking at the other Camera Raw panels
      3m 45s
    7. Using the Adjustment Brush tool
      4m 2s
    8. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 56s
    9. Working with multiple files
      6m 54s
  11. 21m 6s
    1. Using the Brushes panel
      8m 30s
    2. Filling with color
      3m 49s
    3. Replacing color
      4m 14s
    4. Using gradients
      4m 33s
  12. 16m 55s
    1. Working with point type
      9m 59s
    2. Working with paragraph type
      3m 17s
    3. Warping text
      3m 39s
  13. 25m 23s
    1. Adding a layer style
      4m 6s
    2. Customizing a layer style
      3m 35s
    3. Copying a layer style
      3m 5s
    4. Creating a new style
      3m 32s
    5. Using Smart Filters
      5m 22s
    6. Working in the Filter Gallery
      5m 43s
  14. 13m 14s
    1. Auto-blending focus
      4m 47s
    2. Creating Photomerge panoramas
      4m 2s
    3. Combining group photos
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 27s
    1. Creating an action
      7m 16s
    2. Batch processing with an action
      6m 36s
    3. Using the Image Processor
      9m 35s
  16. 29m 20s
    1. Printing
      11m 32s
    2. Making a contact sheet from Bridge
      6m 12s
    3. Creating a web gallery from Bridge
      7m 17s
    4. Preparing photos for the web
      4m 19s
  17. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training
7h 55m Beginner Oct 13, 2008

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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
  • Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
  • Working with Adobe Camera Raw
  • Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
  • Creating Photomerge panoramas
  • Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Jan Kabili

Working in the Filter Gallery

There are lots of individual filters in Photoshop. You could apply them one-by-one or you could apply them in combination to get some really unique effects. When you're going to be applying decorative filters in combination, I suggest you use the Filter Gallery, which allows you to preview multiple filters and see how they'll look with each other or individually, before you apply them to an image. In another movie, I showed you another filter feature called Smart Filters. Smart Filters allow you to go back and re-edit whatever filters you apply.

So in this movie, we are going to combine the Filter Gallery with Smart Filters. So that we can go back and reopen the Filter Gallery if we need to. Here is how it works. The first thing I am going to do is prepare this photo layer to take Smart Filters. So I'll go the Filter menu at the top of the screen and I'll choose Convert for Smart Filters and I'll click OK. I can see from the symbol on this layer that this is now a Smart Object. Then I am going to go up to the Filter menu and here I can see lots of categories of filters.

I could select a single filter from one of these categories, but then I wouldn't be able to preview how it looks in conjunction with other filters. So instead, I'm going to go to Filter Gallery. And that opens this large dialog box. On the left side is a preview of my image. In the middle column, you have lots of folders, each of which has a triangle next to it. If I click on any one of those triangles, I can see thumbnails of the filters in that particular category. When I select one of those filters, like this Note Paper filter, I see on the right-side controls for customizing that filter.

And the filter is listed here in this list of filters. And if the eye icon is turned on, which I can do by clicking here, I can see a preview of the filter on the image. So that's the general setup. I don't really like the way that this Note Paper looks. I would like to try something else instead. So I am going to come into the thumbnails and click on some other ones and see how they look. As you can see, as I click on the different thumbnails that original filter in the list is changing and the appearance of the image is changing over here, and the controls are changing over here.

I don't really like anything from this Sketch area. So I am going to click the triangle to the left of the Sketch Folder and close it and I am going to try something from this Distort area. I'll of trying Diffuse Glow. That's the first one I've seen that I kind of like. So I would like to work with this one and see if I can change its settings to make it look a little better on this image. First of all to give myself more room to work and to see a bigger preview, I am going to click this north facing arrow right here, and that closest the column with folder thumbnails. That's okay because I also have in this drop-down menu every one of the filters that's in that middle-column.

So I could choose other filters from here, when I'm ready to do that. For right now, I'll work with Diffuse Glow. The one thing I don't like about this effect are all these little gray dots. These are controlled by this Graininess slider. I am going to move that way over to left to reduce the amount of simulated grain in the image. Now I actually like the way that looks, with just that amount of Glow in the flowers and that amount of a Clear. The other two parameters that are controlled by these sliders. So I'll leave everything as it is and now I'll think about what other kind of filters I want to add in combination with Diffuse Glow.

What I would like to do is try to make this look more like a painting. So I am going to try to find an underlined Texturizing filter to stimulate the look of canvas. So the next, step is to go to the bottom of this right-hand column and click the Add Filter button that gives me a second copy of Diffuse Glow. With that new Diffuse Glow layer highlighted here, the one in gray, I am going to go up to this menu of filters and all the way down to choose the Texturizer filter, to see how that one looks in combination with Diffuse Glow.

You can see them both listed here now. Actually I think that looks pretty good. I might take down the Relief a little bit so that the defect isn't as strong. Maybe put it right there at 3, and the Scaling which effects the size of the effect, I kind of like it at 100%, so I'll leave it there. I can see how the light looks coming from a different direction other than top. Let's see how it looks coming from the bottom. That's fine. I am going to accept those modifications to the defaults and I'm going to go with this combination of filters.

I'll click OK and now I can see that combination of filters, Diffuse Glow and the Texturizer filter, applied to the image. Keep in mind that I am zoomed out to only 50% on this image. If I zoom in to 100, I think I'll see a bit stronger effect with that canvas. But for now, I want to take a look over at the Layers panel. There you can see that the Filter Gallery has been applied as a Smart Filter. That means several things. First of all, the Filter Gallery with its combination of filters has not directly changed any of the pixels on the underlying photo layer.

And secondly, I can reopen the Filter Gallery at any time to tweak what I have down there. So if I double-click Filter Gallery up it comes again, and I can change something here. Maybe I'll increase the Relief of this effect and say OK. So this combination of using the Filter Gallery along with Smart Filters is really powerful. It lets you experiment with countless combinations of filters and customize the results to your liking, before you go to the trouble of applying filters that permanently change a photo. And even after you do apply them, the Smart Filters feature allows you to go back in and re-edit the results.

Give this powerful combination a try on your own photos.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop CS4 Essential Training.


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Q: How can artwork be transferred from Photoshop CS4 to Illustrator CS4 without the background?
A: Save the image in Photoshop’s native PSD format. The background in Photoshop must be transparent, meaning there should be no background layer. (To remove a background layer, move your artwork to a separate layer by selecting and copying the content, minus the background, to a new layer, and then delete the background layer. A checkboard pattern behind your image indicates transparent pixels.) 
 


In Illustrator, select File > Open, and select the PSD file. In Photoshop Import dialog box, select Convert Layers to Objects.

Q: How do I retouch an image I have of an old photograph I scanned?
A: There are a few courses that address image restoration. Check out the Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training course, and for problems dealing specifically with old photographs, watch the Restoration movies in chapter 15 of the Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2. Additionally, learn how to research and date photos with our Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree course.
Q: A client has asked for artwork to be delivered as JPEGs or BMP files in 16-bit format. In Photoshop CS4, there does not appear to be an option to save an image as a 16-bit JPEG. Is there a way to save JPEG files as 16-bit in Photoshop?
A: Unfortunately, JPEGs cannot be saved in 16 bit. JPEGs, by nature, are 8-bit. So if you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS4, you will see no option in any of the save dialog boxes to save the file as a JPEG. You would first have to convert the image to 8 bit (by choosing Image > Mode > 8 bits/channel) and then save it as an 8-bit JPEG. If you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS5, you will see the option to save it as a JPEG in the Save, Save As, and Save for Web dialog boxes.  But the JPEG will not be saved as 16-bit. Instead, Photoshop will downsample it to 8-bit for you  before saving it as JPEG.
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