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A flexible filter workflow

From: Photoshop Creative Effects and Filters

Video: A flexible filter workflow

If you're taking advantage of Photoshop's ability to work with 16-bit per channel images. Then you're probably deriving some benefit in terms of smooth gradations, and a broader range of possible color and tonal values in your photos. But that also means that you're missing out on some of the filters that are available. Because many of Photoshop's artistic or creative filters only work with 8-bit per channel images. For example, this image is in the 16-bit per channel mode, that's indicated on the tab here. After RGB, the number 16 indicates 16-bits per channel.

A flexible filter workflow

If you're taking advantage of Photoshop's ability to work with 16-bit per channel images. Then you're probably deriving some benefit in terms of smooth gradations, and a broader range of possible color and tonal values in your photos. But that also means that you're missing out on some of the filters that are available. Because many of Photoshop's artistic or creative filters only work with 8-bit per channel images. For example, this image is in the 16-bit per channel mode, that's indicated on the tab here. After RGB, the number 16 indicates 16-bits per channel.

I can also look on the Image menu under Mode and see which current bit depth is selection. In this case, again 16-bits per channel. And so, if I go to the Filter menu, you'll see that the Filter gallery is not available. Some of the Filter submenus are not available, and even within some of those submenus, you'll find that certain of the filters are currently not available.. That's because many of the filters in Photoshop only support 8-bit per channel images. Of course, you probably don't want to convert your master image files from 16-bit to 8-bit just to have access to some more filters.

But if you do want to apply creative filters to an image, then you probably want to create a derivative copy so that you can convert that copy to 8-bit per channel mode. Let's take a look at that process. I'll go ahead and go to the Image menu and choose Duplicate. And that will bring up the Duplicate Image dialog where I can specify the base file name for the new image. I'll just go ahead and change this to Carrots Creative, meaning I'm producing a creative interpretation of my carrots image. And I'm also going to turn on the duplicate merged layers only check box, which means that the duplicate image I'm creating will be flattened.

I'll go ahead and click OK in order to create that duplicate image, and you can see I now have two images open. The Carrots Creative image is a flattened version of my original, and I also have my original image with all of the layers intact. At this point, I can go ahead and close my original image since it's already saved to my hard drive and it has all of the layers intact. And that leaves only my creative interpretation of that image. And right from the start, I can go to the Image menu and chose Mode, followed by 8-bits per channel so that I can convert this image to 8-bit per channel mode.

And really, this is not a big problem at this point because this image is only going to receive Filter effects. All of the adjustments were already applied to the 16-bit per channel version of the image. And that image actually still exists on my hard drive. So, I can go back to that original image at any time if I'd like to. At this point, I can create a copy of my Background Image layer. I'll go ahead and drag the thumbnail for the Background layer down to the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel. This enables me to get back to that original version of the image at any time.

But also, in some cases, I might apply a Filter effect to the background copy. And then, reduce the Opacity a little bit in order to allow the background to show through. I can then choose Filter > Convert for Smart Filters from the menu, and then click OK to confirm that change. So that my Background Copy layer is converted to a Smart Object. And that means that any filters I apply, and notice by the way that now I have full access to all of the filters that I'm interested in. Because I'm working with an 8-bit per channel image. But now, any filters that I do apply will be applied as a Smart Filter which maximizes my flexibility.

Because after applying that effect, I can always go back and change the settings for the filter. I can double-click on the name of the filter and adjust the settings for that specific filter. And I can also adjust the Opacity for that filter effect as well, allowing me to reveal part of the original image. And of course, working with this layer, I can also reduce the opacity of the overall layer, revealing part of the original photo if I'd like. So, we can achieve tremendous flexibility by working on a copy of our original image, a flattened copy of that image.

That has been converted to the 8-bit per channel mode so that we have all of the filter effects in Photoshop to choose from.

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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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