by Julieanne Kost

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January 21, 2011

Have you ever wanted to find the average color of a bunch of pixels? You know, as if they were different types of ice cream and you melted them together to find the average taste?  Ok, well not exactly like that, but selecting Filter > Blur > Average, will take all of the colors in your image (or in a selection), finds the average and fills the selection (or entire image) with that color. One interesting note is that running the filter over areas that include transparency produces unexpected results. Chris tried to explain to me why this is, but I had a brain freeze from the ice cream.


  • By WorldShooter - 9:22 AM on January 21, 2011  

    Hi Julie-Anne. What may have been nice to mention about this feature (I have no doubt you know this), is the ability to do (rudimentary) color correction. Make a duplicate of the layer, run the Average filter on the copy layer, invert the layer and voila! Cheers!

  • By WorldShooter - 9:27 AM on January 22, 2011  

    Oops, finished above mentioned workflow too quick, sorry. After the copy layer is inverted, the layer blend mode needs to be changed to Color and then the Opacity needs to be dialed back, for starters to around 50% (adjust to taste). Only then have you reached Voila!