Demystifying the Photoshop® Filter Menu

Lesson 8/11 - Noise and Pixelate Filters


Demystifying the Photoshop® Filter Menu


Lesson Info

Noise and Pixelate Filters

So, filter. Noise. Add noise. You saw what add noise did before. Despeckle. Despeckle. Let's zoom in on the photo here and you'll see what it does. So, got an old, scanned photo. You got all these little speckles over it. So, despeckle will despeckle. Dust and scratches will do the same. It'll give you a slider. So, you saw despeckle left a lot of speckles, where dust and scratches does not. The problem with dust and scratches is how does it get rid of all those little speckles? It blurs the photo, so you just have to be careful. But on an old photo like that, I mean, it's almost time prohibitive to try to go in and get every little one of them. Let's see here, so noise and dust and scratches. Median, kind of very similar to dust and scratches. It will also blur the photo. And then last one which is reduce noise, is noise reduction, you would do that in light room or camera RAW. This is as old as the hills. It's not a current tool that we would go back and use. Pixelate, guys, these ar...

e all artistic. So, don't expect a rhyme or reason or anything beautifully photographic about it. It's got some neat little stuff in it. Let's see, let's go to a different photo. You know what, I wanna open up, I wanna open up... Let's open up that one. So, color halftone gives you almost that, that almost comic book type of a look to it. So, again, if somebody wanted that, it could be what you're looking for. And crystalize gives you lots of little, tiny crystals. So if you wanted to make your photo almost look like, I don't even know what you can call it. That would be crystalize. Let's see here, pixelate. Facet's really weird, it kind of just... That's before, that's after. It kind of just make your edges blocky, is essentially what it does. It gives it a little bit of a blur and a block look. Fragment. So, fragment basically takes four copies of the photo, not just one up, one this way, one this way, and one this way. And, you almost get dizzy looking at it sometimes when you look at the difference there. Mezzotint, not even gonna do any more on that one. Mezzotint. Mosaic, could be fun if you wanna make your photo a mosaic. There you go. I see this actually in graphic design sometimes. Not gonna judge, but I see it used if you wanna give it that look. It's like, you know what's crazy? This is the look of like my kid's favorite video games now. It's like somewhere along the line, we went from the Xbox and the Xbox and all these amazing graphics that we can get, and somewhere along the line, we went back to 1982, to just blocks. We went back to Space Invaders and asteroids. I don't get it, but it's like so many of the games my kids play, it's like... What happened to the Xbox? It was so good, everything looked great. No, let's have pixels move around the screen again. So, that is pointilize. Interesting little side note, some of these filters actually use the background color. So, if you change your background color to something else, and you go in here, see how it uses the background color inside of there.

Class Description

If you’re the type of person who thinks: “If there’s a filter in Photoshop®, then it MUST have a purpose,” then this class is for you. Matt Kloskowski will lead you on a deep dive into the Photoshop® Filter menu. You’ll look at every filter that’s there and see some examples of how most of them can be used. By the end of this class, you’ll have a much better understanding of which filters will truly help you as a photographer and which ones you shouldn’t spend any more time wondering about.