In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Find your Files Quickly in Lightroom), Julieanne shows you how to quickly filter your photographs in Lightroom.
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Photoshop CS6 introduced the ability to search/filter layers based on a number of parameters using the filter bar at the top of the Layers panel. Photoshop CC took search/filtering one step farther by adding the ability show only selected Layers (while temporarily hiding non-selected layers in the Layers panel), by choosing Select > Isolate Layers.
However, when “toggling off” or exiting Isolation mode, Photoshop CC simply turned off the filter in the Layers panel, instead of resetting the Layer Filter. Now, in Photoshop CC (v14.1), toggling Isolation mode “off”, resets the Layer Filter to default values .
Note: Isolation Mode is inactive when using the Direct/Path Selection tools in Active Layers mode.
In this episode of The Complete Picture (Applying Different Masks for Every Smart Filter in Photoshop), Julieanne demonstrates how nesting Smart Objects enables each filter applied to have its own unique Smart Filter mask.
The key to the Dust and Scratches filter (Filter > Noise > Dust & Scratches)is that you want to keep the Radius as low as possible and the Threshold as high as possible.
If you have an active selection in your image and choose Filter > Liquify, the Liquify filter will automatically turn the selection into a mask allowing you to manipulate the area within the original selection while masking (or freezing) the unselected area. If you need to manipulate the area outside of the original selection (instead of the inside), in the Liquify dialog, be sure to have the Advanced Options showing and click the “Invert All” button under the Mask Options.
There are two new filters for Photoshop CS6 (currently for Mac only) that have been posted to Adobe Labs – Interpolate and Match Edge. The Interpolate filter fills the transparent areas of the current layer with a smooth mix of the colors in the opaque areas while the Match Edges filter changes the colors at the edges of the targeted layer to match those of the layer below it, and smoothly distributes this change through the layer. Like other technologies on Adobe Labs, these tools are not finished products, but rather beta or prototype utilities that may work in your particular environment. To download the plug-ins and for more information, please visit Adobe Labs.
In the Book Module in Lightroom 4, you can easily see what images have yet to be added to the book by selecting “Unused” from the Filter presets. You can also chose to view only the “Used” images. Note: the Filter options can be found in the lower right of the application, in the black bar, above the filmstrip.
In the new Adaptive Wide Angle Filter in Photoshop CS6, shift-dragging will constrain the line to be either a vertical or horizontal constraint (depending on the direction that you drag).
If you have already drawn an arbitrary line and want to convert the line to a vertical or horizontal constraint, Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) on the selected line and select Horizontal or Vertical from the list. Note that the color of the line changes from Teal (when the line is Arbitrary) to Yellow (horizontal) or magenta (vertical). You can use the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter Preferences to change the colors of the constraints (choose Preferences from the flyout menu to the right of the Correction option.)
In previous versions of Photoshop, many of the more “artistic” filters were not only available through the Filter Gallery, but were also listed in the Filter menu in categories such as Artistic, Brush Strokes etc.. In previous versions of Photoshop, when any of these “artistic” filters were selected, they invoked the Filter Gallery (where multiple filters could be added and individual Filter options could be customized). In order to clean up this “duplication” (filters being accessible via the Filter menu as well as the Filter Gallery), in Photoshop CS6, the “artistic” filters have been hidden from the menus yet are all available via the Filter Gallery.
If you prefer to see each one of the “artistic” filters in the FIlter menu, choose Preferences > Plug-ins > Show All Filter Gallery Groups and Names.
One of the benefits of the new interface that the Blur Gallery use is that you can work on one layer (in this case, adding a blur) yet still see all of your other layers while applying the filter. In addition, you can choose to show your Layers panel while in the Blur Gallery (Window > Layers) to change Opacity, Fill and Blend modes. When finished interacting with your layers, you can choose to hide the Layers panel (and any other panels that are showing), click and select “Reset Workspace” from the Blur Gallery workspace (in the upper right of the interface).
Will all blurs, you can:
• Hold the “H” key to temporarily hide the Blur interface (pins etc.).
• Tap the “P” key to toggle the preview on and off.
• Hold the “M” key to display the mask.
• Add as many blurs (even mix and match between Tilt Shift, Iris and Field) as needed to a layer, knowing that the multiple pins will create a single unified, intersecting mask).
• Use the option Save Mask to Channel to create an alpha channel.
• Vary the Selection Bleed to expand the blur into the selection. Note, you have to have created a selection before selecting the blur filters or this option will be unavailable.
Specific to the Tilt Shift blur:
• The area between the solid white lines has no blur applied. The distance between the solid and dashed while lines is the “transitional” area where the amount of blur is slowly added over the length of the transition. Beyond the dashed line, the specified blur amount is fully applied.
• Click-drag the solid white dots to rotate the angle of the blur, OR click-drag anywhere outside of the solid white lines to rotate the angle of the blur. Note: if you click, release the mouse and then drag you will add another blur – you must click and drag in one motion, without releasing the mouse between the click and the drag. Add the Shift key to constrain to 15 degree increments.
• Add distortion to the foreground of an image (or rotate the blur to favor the opposite direction). Or, choose Distort Symmetrically to apply distortion to both sides of the blur.
• Use the Focus slider (in the Options bar) to blur the center part of the Tilt Shift blur (if you want the whole layer to start slightly out of focus).
• The Blur Effects panel offers a various settings to customize a Bokah effect.
Specific to the Iris Blur:
• From the center pin to the “free-floating” solid white dots, no blur is applied. Between the solid dots and the solid white circle is the “transitional” area where the blur is applied over the length of the transition. Beyond the solid white circle, the blur is fully applied.
• Option + (Mac) | Alt +(Win) -drag the free-floating dots to move independently (thus making the transitional area asymmetrical).
• Drag the large square on the solid circle outwards to create a rectangular shape Iris blur.
• Drag the small white dots on the outer circle to rotate and/or to distort the circle to an oval.
• Use the Focus slider (in the Options bar) to blur the center part of the Iris Blur (if you want the whole layer to start slightly out of focus).
To apply a nondestructive filter to a layer, convert the layer into a Smart Object before adding the filter (Layer > Smart Object > Convert to Smart Object). A Smart Filter mask will automatically be added, enabling you to selectively hide and show the filter. To edit the filter settings, double-click on the name of the filter. To change the opacity and/or blend mode of the filter, double-click on the small icon to the right of the filter name.
I have received several questions lately on How to Use the Lens Blur Filter in Photoshop. I recorded this video tutorial a while back, but it’s still completely appropriate and so I thought it would be worth re-posting it now.
There are several new filters that can be applied in Photoshop CS5 via Pixel Bender. Pixel Bender can be downloaded from Adobe Labs and while there are several filters that ship with Pixel Bender by default (I am especially partial to OilPaint), there are additional filters that can be installed from the Pixel Bender Exchange site. I have included just a few samples below. Have fun!
One of the filters that is often overlooked is the Fiber Filter. If you need to create an organic fiber texture, this filter will now render it for you automatically (Filter > Render > Fibers). You can control both the variance and strength of the “weave” as well as randomize the result until you find the perfect texture. Note: this filter uses the foreground and background colors selected in the tool box, so choose your colors before choosing the filter.
One of the examples in the PDF that I posted yesterday was of the Surface Blur. I really showed an extreme use of it to blur the neon sigh, but keep in mind that it’s great for softening skin and giving images that“dreamy soft-focus”look.
In addition, the Shape Blur filter blurs an object based on a shape of your choosing. It’s a tiny bit like light passing through an aperture of a given shape – try it, I think you’ll like it.