Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Cutout filter: Part two, part of Photoshop for Designers: Filters (2015).
Here I'm using the Cutout filter for a very different effect, an effect very …loosely inspired by the work of Kathe Kollwitz, whose work looks like this. …I'm beginning with an image like this, and you can see that the image is already Monochromatic. …So if you're beginning with a color image, then you can use the Black and …White Adjustment to convert that to black and white. …So I am now going to switch over to the starting file, and I will convert the …Background layer to a Smart Object. So I'm going to come to the Filter menu > …Artistic > Cutout. Now actually the first filter I applied …was Smart Sharpen, but I'm going to add that in after the Cutout filter, just so …you can see what a dramatic effect it makes.…
Now I want to use the following values here. …I want maximum number of levels, which is eight. …But I want to avoid this jagged look around the different posterized areas. …So I'm going to increase the Edge Simplicity. …I'm going to take that up to about six. And that gives us a very angular quality. …
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
2. Sharpening: What Every Designer Needs to Know
3. Blurring for Effect
4. Artistic Filters
5. Brush Strokes Filters
6. Working with the Distort Filters
7. Effective Use of the Pixelate Filters
8. Using the Render Filters
9. Creative Use of the Sketch Filters
10. Working with the Stylize Filters
11. Using the Texture Filters
12. Creative Use of the "Big" Filters
13. Applying Camera Raw as a Filter
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