Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Using filter masks, part of Photoshop for Designers: Filters.
Smart filters come with filter masks, which allow us to localize the effect of …the filter. Or to put it another way, using filter …masks, we can paint in and out the effect of the filter. …Paint in black to mask the filter, paint in white to reveal the effect of the filter. …You can also paint in gray to partially conceal, or reveal the effect depending …on how dark or light the gray. So, if we take a look at the filter mask …I have here, it looks like this. Without this filter mask, and I'm going …to just disable it by holding down the Shift key.…
The effect would look like this. One slight drawback is that you have only …one filter mask. So, if you have stacked several filters, …in this case I had just the one applied. But if I had applied more than one, the …same filter mask would apply to them all. When you combine filter masks with layer …masks, which is what I have here attached to the Smart Object layer. …You can localize the effect of the filter on a specific layer, then localize the …
- 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
13. Applying Camera Raw as a Filter
12. Creative Use of the "Big" Filters
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