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- Working with the Filter Gallery
- Creating a black-and-white effect
- Applying a vignette
- Adding motion blur
- Creating a painterly effect with Find Edges
- Smearing with Liquify
- Mapping the image with Trace Contour
Skill Level Intermediate
As you start exploring the various creative filters that are available to you in Photoshop. You might feel that there are a surprisingly large number of options to choose from. But actually, the list of options available on the Filter menu doesn't indicate the entirety of what's possible. There's also a number of additional filters that are available within the filter gallery. And even better, with the filter gallery you can stack a number of different filter effects on one image. Let's take a look at how you could work with the filter gallery to apply multiple creative effects to an image.
I'm going to start off by creating a copy of my background image layer, so that I preserve the original pixels without any effect applied. So I'll simply drag the thumbnail for that background image layer down to the create new layer button. That's the blank sheet of paper icon at the bottom of the layers panel, and that will create a background copy. And that is the layer that I will apply my filter effects to, so that I'm preserving my original pixel values on the background image layer. So with that background copy layer active on the Layers panel, I'll go to the Filter menu and then chose Filter Gallery.
That will bring up the Filter Gallery dialog and you can see that the filter I last used is being applied by default but I can change that very easily. All the various filter effects are presented as thumbnails and are also divided into individual sections. So for example I'll expand the artistic section and then maybe click on paint daubs for example and now you can see that that effect has been applied to my image. And I can also also adjust the setting for that filter, so for example, for paint daubs, I have a brush size and a sharpness option as well as a brush type option.
So I could increase the size of the brush or decrease the size of that brush. And I can also adjust the overall sharpness for the photo and maybe change the brush type to something a little bit more interesting. The point is that we have a variety of different options available to us for each of the filter effects that we might apply. Even better, we can stack multiple filter effects on a single image. At the bottom right of the Filter Gallery, you'll see a list of the filters that are currently applied. At the moment, that list only includes a single filter, but I can add an additional filter layer if I'd like.
I'll go ahead and click the New Layer button at the bottom of the dialog here, and that adds an additional paint daubs filter. By default, the exact same filter is applied again. The same as the currently active filter. But I can also change that filter. So, for example, after applying paint daubs, perhaps I'll add a sprayed strokes effect or an ink outlines effect. And then whichever filter I choose, I can adjust the settings for that filter. So perhaps I'll increase the stroke length or reduce the dark intensity, perhaps increase the light intensity.
The point is that I can adjust settings for this filter independent from he other filter. And I can switch back and forth between those filters at any time I want to change the settings. And in fact I can also change the order of the filters which can have an impact on he overall effect. I'll go ahead and drag the paint ops filter up to the top of the stack for example and you'll see that the image is refreshed to reflect that change. I can continue adding as many filter effects as I'd like, looking for just the effect that I'd like for a particular photo.
And I certainly encourage you to explore all of the various options that are available. There are a wide variety of filter effects available to you here in the filter gallery. And since you can stack those filter effects and adjust the settings for each individual filter, you really have a tremendous potential for variety for your images. At times you might also find that it's helpful to zoom out on the image so that you can get a better sense of the effect that you are applying. You can also zoom in of course to take a look at particular details and pan around the image just by dragging around on the photo itself.
If at any time you decide that you are not happy with one of the particular filter effects you have applied. You can start off by turning off that filter effect just by clicking on the I icon to the left of the layer that you want to turn off. And if you decide that the filter effect is one that you definitely don't want to apply to the image, you can simply select that filter effect. And then click the trash can button down at the bottom of the list of layers, in order to remove that effect from the image. And of course, you could also simply change the effect to a different filter of you'd like. So as you can see, there are tremendous possibilities here in terms of being able to select a filter effect, add additonal filter effects. Adjust the settings for all of those filter effects individually, and then turn off or delete any layers that you decide you don't want. But once you're happy with the overall result, you can simply click the OK button in order to apply the final effect to your image.