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.
Posts tagged "Filters"
Remember if you use a small subset of filters again and again (like Smart Sharpen and Grain), you can eliminate the time it takes to find them in the Filter submenu’s by assigning a keyboard shortcut to them (Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts).
When using Filter Gallery, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click on a filter’s preview icon to add a new filter on top of the selected filter (instead of changing the selected filter). Also while in Filter Gallery, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click on a disclosure triangle (next to the Filter Categories) to hide/show all of the contents (and previews) of filter categories.
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + F to display the Fade dialog to change Opacity and Blend mode of the fade last filter applied. Note this command must be run directly after applying the filter.
Command-Option (Mac)/Control-Alt (Win) + F to display the dialog box for the last used filter.
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + F to run the last used filter.
In this episode of The Complete Picture (Applying the Lens Blur Filter for Selective Focus), Julieanne Kost shows us how to get great results with the Lens Blur Filter in Adobe Photoshop CS4.
In this training video, (Creative Retouching Techniques and Edge Effects in Photoshop), you will discover how to to completely change the look and feel of a photograph with some simple retouching, creative adjustments, and the addition of edges and texture.