Posts tagged "Filters"

June 27, 2012

What Happened to the “Artistic” Filter Categories in Photoshop CS6?

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.

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May 22, 2012

The Blur Gallery in Photoshop CS6 – Shortcuts and Tips

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).

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February 15, 2012

Photoshop – Non Destructive Filters

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.

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February 10, 2012

Photoshop – How to Use the Lens Blur FIlter

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.

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May 12, 2011

New Filters in Photoshop CS5 – Pixel Bender

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!


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May 11, 2011

The Fiber Filter

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.


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May 10, 2011

Surface and Shape Blur Filters

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.


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May 9, 2011

Examples of Photoshop Filters

A while back I created this Artistic Filters PDF file (15MB download) that has examples of the filters in Photoshop. They’re pretty straight forward (meaning that I didn’t combine any filters to make “complicated” effects), but I thought it might be a good resource for anyone that is teaching Photoshop. So help yourself if you can use it as an example.


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January 21, 2011

Finding the Average Color

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.

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March 12, 2010

Filter Shortcuts

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).

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March 11, 2010

Filter Gallery

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.

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March 10, 2010

Fading Filters

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.

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March 9, 2010

Display the Last Used Filter

Command-Option (Mac)/Control-Alt (Win) + F to display the dialog box for the last used filter.

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March 8, 2010

Filter – Again

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + F to run the last used filter.

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March 1, 2010

Video Tutorial – Applying the Lens Blur Filter for Selective Focus

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost shows us how to get great results with the Lens Blur Filter in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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