Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video An overview of the Filter Gallery, part of Photoshop for Designers: Filters.
Here, we're going to take a foray into the Filter gallery. But before we do, let's talk in broad strokes about the Filter gallery and the conventions of using the Filter gallery. This example uses colored pencil, but in general, I want to say this. The Filter gallery gives us access to all of these filters organized thematically. And because I must have been using Halftone Pattern last, that the one that has come up.
So, let's just switch that to Color Pencil. I'm not worried about how this looks at the moment, but more just the conventions and the interface of the Filter gallery. So, we can expand and contract these different folders. We can show and hide this side bar. Any values that you change to, if you want to switch to the default for this particular filter, hold down the Cmd key or the Ctrl key, and then click on Default.
You can stack the filters. So, if I now click New, it gives me Accented Edges. And then, if I want, in addition to Accented edges to apply Angled Stroke, say, I'll click New > Angled strokes. Now, the way I've applied this, first of all Accented Edges is applied, and then Angled Strokes on top of that. The order is significant, and if I change the order, we can see how that's going to change the, our result over here. We can change the view size. We can use our standard viewing shortcuts, Cmd+minus, Cmd+plus. And we can also hold down the Option or Alt key to change the Cancel button to Reset to change things to how they were when we first arrived at the Filter gallery.
I'm going to cancel out of here. And I want to make one other point, which is a repetition of a point I made in an earlier movie, and that's how the filters are listed. Now in CS5 and earlier, those same groupings that we see in the Filter gallery, are repeated here. Artistic Brush Stroke, etc. Now, whether you access them from the Filter gallery, or whether you access them specifically from this flyout menu, the result is exactly the same. I'm recording this in CS6, but presumably it's going to stay this way. The organization has been simplified.
And you can only access these, many of these filters, through the Filter gallery. And that makes good sense. However, if you want your work flow to be completely transparent, as I do, especially in a teaching context, then you do have the option of, if you come to the Preferences and to Plug-ins, checking Show All Filter gallery groups and names of changing things back to how they were CS5 and earlier. And the advantage of that, from my teaching perspective, is that the filters will be listed as Colored Pencil or whatever the filter is, rather than just saying Filter gallery which doesn't really describe and doesn't make your work flow as transparent as it might be.
Your choice. But that's why, if you're working along with me in CS6, your menu organization may look different from mine. Okay, meet me in the next movie and we'll go into this technique using Colored Pencil.
- 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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