1.16.2014

Filters

Filters
In some of the upcoming lessons, you may need to use filters, so here is a quick how-to and what they do.

So, what are filters and what do they do?
Filters in photoshop are similar to photo effects. Each category of filter provides a different type of effect to the picture.
The categories of filters are as follows:
  • Artistic
  • Blur
  • Brush Strokes
  • Distort
  • Noise
  • Pixelate
  • Render
  • Sharpen
  • Sketch
  • Stylize
  • Texture
  • Video
  • and Other

Each category of filter has a different style and a different result, starting with Artistic and ending with Other. Just keep in mind that not every category has the same number of filters and not every filter will work with every picture.

To show some of the filter results, I will be using the picture of a monkey below.

To locate the filters, go up to the top menu bar and choose filter. This will drop a menu down with your types of filters.

Artistic
Below is the Artistic page of filters in the filter gallery.

Below are a few samples of the Artistic effects; Fresco and Plastic Wrap.

Blur
The only difference with Blur, is that it is not located within the Filter Gallery.
Below is the blur menu.

Below are a few samples of the Blur effects; gaussian blur and motion blur.

Brush Stroke
Below is the Brush Stroke page of filters in the filter gallery.

Below are a few samples of the Brush Strokes effects; angled strokes and splatter.

Distort
Below is the Distort page of filters in the filter gallery as well as the menu choices.

Below are a few samples of the Distort effects; Ocean Ripples and Polar Coordinates.

Noise
The only difference with Noise, is that it is not located within the Filter Gallery.
Below is the Noise menu.

Below are a few samples of the Noise effects; Add Noise and Median.

Pixelate
The only difference with Pixelate, is that it is not located within the Filter Gallery.
Below is the Pixelate menu.

Below are a few samples of the Pixelate effects; Crystallize and Mezzotint.

Render
The only difference with Render, is that it is not located within the Filter Gallery.
Below is the Render menu.

Below are a few samples of the render effects; Difference Clouds and Lens Flare.

Sharpen
The only difference with Sharpen, is that it is not located within the Filter Gallery.
Below is the Sharpen menu.

Below is a sample of the Sharpen effects; Smart Sharpen.

Sketch
Below is the Sketch page of filters in the filter gallery.

Below are a few samples of the Sketch effects; Watercolor and Chrome.

Stylize
Below is the Stylize page of filters in the filter gallery.

With Stylize, the effect above is the only effect within the filter gallery.

Texture
Below is the Texture page of filters in the filter gallery.

Below are a few samples of the Texture effects; Mosaic and Patchwork.

Other
The only difference with Other, is that it is not located within the Filter Gallery.
Below is the Other menu.

Below are a few samples of the other effects; High-Pass and Minimum.

Something you may have noticed is that some of the different categories have very similar effects. The final way that you can create interesting effects is to over-lap various effects.

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