Adobe® Photoshop® Deep Dive: Filters

Lesson 8/16 - Artistic Filters


Adobe® Photoshop® Deep Dive: Filters


Lesson Info

Artistic Filters

Now let's move into the artistic filters and if you're following along after you've purchased the course we are in folder number nine artistic so I've got a couple of fun ones from the artistic category and I'll open them all up here the first one we're going to do here is we're back to our coliseum shot and again I've applied the filter appear on the smart object but if you're practicing at home let's just turn the visibility of that one off and then turn on the visibility of my original layers here so for this one we would start out by clicking one layer to activate it and shift clicking the layer at the very bottom to activate everything in between and let's go ahead and turn it into a smart object so charge it to the filter menu convert for smart filters and now let's go back to the filter menu and remember while we could choose filter gallery that's not going to give us accurate naming of the filter in our layers panel so we're going to go down to artistic and then we're gonna sco...

ot over to cut out this is an interesting effect that looks a whole lot like posture edges or poster is is do you ever that film canneries was in years ago? A scanner darkly cut out gives you a little bit of that effect see how what's happened here is the areas of a color you know soft transitions from one color to another have been replaced with solid blocks of color so if we zoom in you can see that there's really no gradual transition from one color to another it's much like cartoon art and that its blocks of solid color that together comprise the whole image so this is a filter I like a lot for architectural shots I mean look at that coliseum I think that's a really spectacular if it it's very very different so for graphic designers trying tio get your ads noticed he can do things like this and of course just for purely artistic purposes it's quite nice so cut out is one that I really love a lot and just click ok and here again we can use the filters blending options the soul icon right here double click it to open a fat dialog box where you can adjust how the colors from the filter what the filter did blend with our cancel out colors that are in the image before you filtered it ok so it's a little bit of mixing going on there another type of image that this effect works well on pet photos it's a lot of fun these on pet photos so if you do pet photography you could consider this so this is a piccolo connie so that's italian for a small dog see you learn a little bit of italian your creative live ok so let's turn off the layer that I made for you and the text that I created for you so we've got two layers going on here here's the original and I wanted to bump up the vibrance just a little bit, so I created a vibrant suggest mint layer so let's just turn that on and see how the colors pop out a little bit five points is great for adding a little bit of saturation two colors that are already that highly saturated and I created that by going down to the half black, half white circle the bottom of your layers panel and choosing vibrance when you do the settings open and the properties panel and I just dragged the vibrant slider slightly to the right so that's a nice little extra tip for you when you want to add a little a color pop to your images now we're ready to click to activate all the layers will go up to the filter menu, convert for smart filters back to the filter menu and let's choose artistic cut out and again you can use your zoom keyboard shortcuts in this dialog box so command or control a minus now for this one I don't want all the dogs details to be completely lost, so I'm gonna just the settings over here just a little bit you can see as you drag these sliders around the number of levels is really use a photo shop hey, how many levels of color do I want in here? Is you drive the slider to the left, your levels decrease so you get fewer colors, less detail in the image. So you want tio experiment with this slider justin effort? You keep some of the original color so you can identify with the object is hopefully so for this particular image level of five works pretty well edge simplicity for this one. We're going to drag it all the way to the left so our edges air pretty simple and then for edge fidelity, which is you think of it as the accuracy or finest of detail of the edges. We're gonna drive that up a little bit and then we click ok photoshopped applies as a smart filter. Now for this one let's, go ahead and lower the opacity of just the filter itself so it we get a little bit of the original image coming through again. We're not going to use layer opacity because that drops the capacity of the whole layer, which is not what we want. So we want to come down here in double click that little icon to the right of the filters name in your layers panel, so give that a double click and here's where you can lower opacity of the filter, so for this particular one you know, maybe somewhere between fifty and seventy five percent might look nice. So that's another thing about thes these artistic filters, especially when you're experimenting like this don't be afraid to pop open these blending options and mess around with the opacity because you might create a look that you hadn't even considered yet. So do you play around with those? And for this one, I just added a little bit of copy up there at the top of the layers stack so just annoy idea of some things that you can do too increased visual, interesting capture attention, especially in the form of ads or just plain artistic work that you might wantto frame and sell to a client. Now let's, take a look at another filter and the artistic category this is actually one of my friends his name is brandt, and I'll sing back out a little bit he, I believe, still is one of the lead web developers that I stopped photo and so all the photographers in her and I stopped photo constantly dressing brant up and all of these outrageous costumes. For example, the title of this photo was brit man superman britain man, so but he didn't look that realistic as a superhero before I added the plastic wrap so here's the before and there's the after, so if you want to make something look shiny the plastic wrap filter is absolutely fabulous for it, so let's, go ahead and delete this filter and we'll start over. We've already got a smart object here, so I think we've done that quite enough today. I don't have to do that one again, so make a smart object out of the layers now let's, go to the filter menu, choose artistic plastic wrap, we opened the filter gallery and we can play around with the settings here if we'd like, we might come down on highlights strength just a little bit that you can think of highlight strengthens your shiny nous level, so how shiny d want that to be and let's? Go ahead and click ok now what we need to do is use the automatic layer mass that we've got here to hide the effects from the area that we don't want them to be seen on. Now, we could click to activate the mass press, the be keyed, activate the brush tool, make sure that black is our foreground colored ship use are right and left bracket keys to adjust brush size, and we could just have a heyday of painting it's a hide the effects of that filter, but depending upon how much hiding you want to do, it might work out better to create a selection of the area that you want to apply the filter to before you go on, apply the filter because if you didnt within photo shops going to fill in that smart filter mask for you came out my zoom in a little bit, go down on both sides here, and definitely hide the plastic from his face. Because that's weird, so there's all kinds of special effects that you can create that plastic wrap is fabulous for anything that you want to make shine there to really look like it's plastic. So it's really handy for that so here's our before here's our after now I am noticing a little bit of a color shift in the cape, which I don't want so let's change the blend, murder this filter to something that is not going to cause a color shift capes it's so yes, yes, yes, I actually clipped on the image so let's come over here to our filter blending options and double click to open them and we're going to change the blend, move tow luminosity that way the plastic wrap just a fix the lightness values in the image and not the color values. Okay, so there's our before we changed the mode and here's our after. So now I'm not getting any shifts in color in the cape, I'm just getting the plastic look what I like. So let's, go ahead and cancel that and let's take a look at doing it again, but with our selection first, we've already made our smart object that's great! So now we could come over here with the tool of your choice and you could create a selection, this particular image, the contrast isn't as great, but I just want to show you what you would get if you created a selection first. Some night has been much time trying to find him this because it just don't care, e s o let's say our selection is perfect now let's go around that filter and you'll see how photoshopped creates the mask for us, so we'll choose filter artistic plastic wrap see how we're not seeing the filter applied to the rest of the image it's only being applied within the selection, so I'll say our settings or just fine click ok, see how far the shot filled in the mask for us, based on the active selection we had when we tried it up to the filter may need to activate the filter so depending upon if you want to hide the filter for most of the photo or if you want to reveal a filter on most of the photo, it may behoove you to create that selection. Before you run the filter after you've created the smart object but before you tried up to the filter may need to activate the actual filter that you want to run, and in that case photoshopped does most of the painting for you. We could still go in here, click the masto, activate it, grab that be press bead, activate the brush tool and then I could come in and I could by painting with white because black reveals and white, black and sales and why reveals yes, megan, thank you so with why is my foreground color ship? Then I could come in here and reveal the plastic wrap in the areas that maybe I didn't get such a great selection on in the first place, so that's just another idea for using that. And then of course, we want to change the blend mode of the filter itself to luminosity so that our cape doesn't have any color shift, so we're not introducing any highlights or shadows onto the cape itself, so plastic wrap is a real useful and I like that one a lot cut out in plastic wrap are my two favorite ones in the artistic category, and really everything in the artistic category focuses on making your image resemble a painting or a cartoon with real world effects that tries to mimic real world effects you know, like palette knives, pencils so if you want to give an image a quick artistic touch, or make something like shiny, then the cut out and plastic wrap and artistic category are really great.

Class Description

In this deep dive, Lesa takes you deep into the wide world of filters to create a multitude of special yet practical effects. She'll take you well beyond blurring and sharpening, and you'll learn handy uses for nearly every single filter in the menu. You'll also learn how to use filters non-destructively, how to access filter blending options, and more!

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.0