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Photoshop for Designers: Filters

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Learn how to maximize the potential of Photoshop filters by combining filters and through the use of Smart Objects, blending modes, and filter masks.

Photoshop filters are often misused by designers. Filtered images can look garish or generic—but with the right application, the results can be eye-catching and unique. Author Nigel French teaches a creative approach to filters, explaining how to combine them with other filters and with the Photoshop masking and blending tools for maximum visual impact. Learn how to add blur, artistic and brush stroke effects, sharpening, distortion, pixilation, and illustration and painterly effects—all completely nondestructively. Plus, learn how to use Camera Raw as a filter and stack filters to create unique combinations.


  • Welcome
1. Overview
  • Watch this first
2. Blurring for Effect
  • Vary focus in a scene with Field Blur
  • Combine Diffuse Glow and Iris Blur
  • Add a Bokeh effect
  • Create a tilt-shift effect
  • Create a blur effect with Motion Blur and Puppet Warp
  • Compare Motion Blur and Path Blur
  • Create a Radial Blur
  • Use the Path Blur filter
  • Work with the Spin Blur filter
  • Create strobe effects with the Spin Blur filter
3. Artistic and Brush Stroke Filters
  • Use the Cutout filter
  • Use Cut to create an angular portrait
  • Turn on the neon
  • Use the Poster Edges filter
  • Create an engraved look with a pattern overlay and the Displace filter
  • Combine the Watercolor and Water Paper filters
  • Add drama with the Angled Strokes filter
4. The Camera Raw Filter
  • Use Camera Raw as a filter
  • Add grain
  • Portrait retouching with the Camera Raw filter
  • Color Grading with the Camera Raw filter
  • Correct perspective
  • Add a vignette with the Camera Raw filter
5. Sharpening for Effect
  • Sharpening overview
  • Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
  • Sharpen with Vivid Light and Surface Blur
  • Sharpen with Gaussian Blur
  • Ultra high contrast black-and-white with High Pass
  • Sharpen and line art
6. Working with the Distort Filters
  • Create a tiny planet with Polar Coordinates
  • Create a circular pattern with Polar Coordinates
  • Control the Wave filter
  • Create op art with the Wave filter
  • Create Art Nouveau type with the ZigZag filter
7. Effective Use of the Pixelate Filters
  • Use the Color Halftone filter
  • Use Color Halftone for a black-and-white halftone effect
  • Create a pencil sketch with the Fragment filter
  • Create an authentic mezzotint
  • Add rain—or snow
  • Create a misregistration effect
  • Experiment with pointillist techniques
8. The Render Filters
  • Create a logo with the flame filter
  • Create a flaming meteorite with the Flame, Path Blur, and Lens Flare filters
  • Tips for using Fibers
  • Add drama with Lens Flare
9. The Sketch Filters
  • Create a charcoal portrait
  • Make it shine with the Chrome filter
  • Create a stippled portrait with Graphic Pen filter
  • Create a woodcut effect
  • Create a circular halftone effect
  • Create a scan-line portrait
  • Create a hand-painted look using the Photocopy filter
  • Create an illustration with the Stamp Filter
  • Create swirling patterns with Circular Halftone and Liquify
  • Age a photograph by adding reticulation
  • Add a craquelure pattern
10. The Stylize Filters
  • Create a painterly look with the Diffuse filter
  • Create a line drawing with the Find Edges filter
  • Create a glowing-edges effect
  • Create effective solarizations
  • Create a repeating pattern with the Offset filter
  • Experiment with the Offset filter
  • Work with the Oil Paint filter
  • Further experimentations with the Oil Paint filter
  • Put a face on a coin using Emboss
11. Vanishing Point
  • Add a picture frame
  • Simple application of the Vanishing Point filter
  • Distort the image in perspective
  • Switch the image
  • Goodbye

Taught by

Nigel French

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