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Five Interesting Things to Do with Filters
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Five Interesting Things to Do with Filters
Note: Tutorial created using Adobe Photoshop CS5 on Mac OS X.
Did you know that you have a virtual playground in Photoshop within the Filters Gallery and the Filters Menu? There are so many fun and interesting effects that can take your photos from drab to fab! Filters not only work great on photos, but alphas, embellishments, and papers as well.
You will find this playground at the very top of your Photoshop window, just click on Filter and a drop-down menu will appear. You can jump into the Filters Gallery which allows you to play with the settings and see a preview of the filter on your photo.
You can add artistic effects with Sponge, Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Palette Knife, Cut-Out Filters, and so much more!
You can add a blurred effect with one of several filters including Gaussian, Lens, Radial, Motion, and more.
But here’s a very important point to remember: Always work on a copy of your original photo. Never make changes to your original photo.
Let’s take some of the filters for a test drive!
First, make a duplicate copy of your photo in your Layers Palette by hitting Ctrl+J (or Cmd+J on Mac).
Let’s add contrast to our photo with a little softness around the edges by adding a Gaussian Blur of about 11.5.
Next, in your Layers Palette with the blurred photo layer selected, go to the Layer Modes and select Overlay. Your photo will now have more contrast and a soft blur around the edges. So easy!
Now let's play with the Halftone filter! Make a duplicate copy of your photo in the Layers Palette like you did for the photo above.
Notice that we are inside the Filters Gallery, and the sliders to the right allow you to choose the type of halftone pattern, the size, and the contrast. The preview of your photo will appear to the left.
Once you are happy with the amount and size of the halftone effect, click OK.
Now, in your Layers Palette with the halftone photo layer selected, go to the Layer Modes and select Overlay. Viola! It's a great way to add a bit of pizazz to your photo or embellishment!
Did you know that you can sharpen your photos by using the High Pass filter?
Make a duplicate copy of your photo in the Layers Palette. Click on Filter and select Other in the drop-down menu. Next, select High Pass.
I used a radius of 5.1 pixels for this demonstration.
It looks a little odd, but just hang-on for the next step!
Now, in your Layers Palette with the High Pass photo layer selected, go to the Layer Modes and select Overlay.
See the difference between the original and the photo with the filter applied? The new photo is sharper, and the colors seem more vibrant! I love this filter!
You can add some interesting lighting effects with the Lens Flare or Lighting Effects Filters. Just go to your Filters menu, scroll down to Render, and then select Lighting Effects.
I have applied a Flashlight Filter to my photo. Notice all the settings you can play around with. You can also just grab the handles of the flashlight lighting circle right on the photo and move it around and enlarge it until you are happy with the results. Click OK when you are done.
Isn't this fun?!
Now, one of my favorite filters to play with is the Radial Blur! Once again, make a duplicate copy of your photo in your Layers Palette by hitting Ctrl+J (or Cmd+J on Mac).
Select the Blur filter in the Filters drop-down menu, then select Radial Blur. Slide the Amount slider around until you are happy with the effect. I used Zoom under Blur Method and selected Best under Quality. You can also adjust the Blur center. Then hit OK.
Now, with black as your foreground and white as your background color, select a big Soft Round eraser brush and begin erasing on the Radial Blur photo layer. Erase anything that you want to be clear.
I could continue to play forever, but I hope this has given you some fun ways to bump up your photos a notch!
Until next time!
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The other day as I was flipping through a magazine, an ad caught my attention. The main graphic image of the ad was a silhouette filled with descriptive words. Be still, my heart! Imagine the possibilities! A layout using the same technique? Yes!
So with that, I am going to walk you through a digital scrapbooking layout using this very fun typographic technique.
To create a silhouette, you need to find that perfect image: A photo which will be recognizable even when blacked out. Side-shots of faces or full-body action shots (ideally with the legs and arms separate from the body) are great for this technique.
Next, you will need to carefully erase around your image, thus defining the edges of your silhouette. There are several ways to do it, but I love using the Magnetic Lasso Tool or the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select edges. Make sure that the "Add to Selection" box is selected, then select the Inverse (Ctrl+I), and delete the stuff around your silhouette image.
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It's going to take some time to select around the border of your whole silhouette, but zoom in close and be patient. You don't have to be extremely accurate because you will be turning your image to black - but you want to be fairly close to the original.
After you cut your image out of the photo, make sure that your image is on a separate layer from the background. You will be filling your photo with a color (in my case, black), and you want this effect to only be applied to your photo. To fill your image only, make sure your image layer is selected, then press Ctrl and click on your image thumbnail. Finally go to Edit> Fill and select the color black and choose OK. Save your silhouette image as a PSD or a JPG file.
This is where it gets fun! Luckily for me, I found a free online generator called Tagxedo (http://www.tagxedo.com/). Tagxedo is designed to create groupings of words of your choice in an image of your choice - which definitely simplifies things. (It is also possible to simply type in your words and adjust them in your image, but I'm lazy.)
To use Tagxedo, click on Create from the home page. You will then be sent to the Tagxedo creator, where you then can upload your image (click on Shape> Upload Image). Select your file. After the image is uploaded, you can make any number of adjustments to your text, words, font, orientation, etc. When your new masterpiece is to your liking (be patient and have the courage to play with all the options - you may be surprised what you can create with a little tweaking), save the image as a PNG file with the highest resolution, and open it in Photoshop.
My image saved without a background, which is exactly what I wanted it to do. After opening it in Photoshop, I positioned it above my silhouette layer and created a clipping mask (Ctrl+G for PSCS, and Ctrl+Shift+G for PSE). You may want to merge your layers together at this point.
For such a visually interesting technique, there really wasn't a whole lot to it, but what an impact it makes! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
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