Brush Strokes Filter
This one is super super duper easy again I've given you not only the finnish layers but the original so I'll go ahead and turn on the original layer here but we don't even have to double click it to make it editable all we're gonna do is used the rectangular marquis tool to draw a box around the part of the image that we want to remain in focus in perfect so basically with this technique I'm going to draw a box and we're going to run the filter on this part of the image so the part that's outside of the selection is where the effect is going to occur everything inside this box is not going to be affected and so it's a great way to make it quick creative frame so we've drawn our selection here now we're going to add a layer mask so let's click thie circle within a square button at the bottom of the layers panel in photo shops sisi don't even have to double click to unlock your background layer pre at a mask which is really nice so now we've hidden everything outside of that selection wi...
th our mask in since we just added the mask it's still active in our layers pay looks weakened see those brackets now we're ready to run the filter on it so let's try it out to the filter menu this time we're going to go down to breast strokes and any of these guys producer pretty neat effect so again brush strokes is a lot like artistic category and that you're you're adding some kind of fine art effects to your image so let's choose spatter and you get a nice preview of the mask over here we're not seeing the image because we're running the filter on the mascot itself so for a little bit of a wider creativity khun dragged the spray radius and pump it up and if you want the edges of this kind of spatter pattern to be softer than you can drive the smoothness slider to the right so you can see the difference so you can produce all kinds of interesting edges with any of these filters in the breaststroke category so let's go ahead and click ok and you'll see how that effect was applied to the mask not the photo so our photo is so fully intact but we filtered the mask so I'm just trying to give you a bunch of ideas on how you can use filters not just on layer content but also our masks the other thing we did hear to create a new background was to add a solid color feel layer so let's go down to the half black half white circle with the bottom of your layers panel inlets two solid color and I was going to choose white and I happen to know it's hex value is a whole bunch of ifs press ok, drag it down to the bottom of your layer stack and that we can more fully appreciate the filtered edges that we've got. The last thing that you might considered into attending like this is adding an inner shadow, so just click to activate the layer you want to add the shadow to go down to the effects button at the bottom of your layers, panel and shoes in her shadow, move the big honkin dialog box out of the way, so settings so you can manipulate these drop shadow or inner shadow rather settings. If you'd like, I might pump up the size a little bit more, make a little softer, click ok, now, the last thing you might consider doing to this is if you if you like the look of this edge, but you don't want it to have such hard edges, then clipped to activate the mask and run the gaussian blur filter on it. So blur gosse ambler and I might take the radius down to about one, or even in the point five area or even a little bit less. So when I'm doing it's, just softening up that spatter so that it doesn't have hard, pixelated edges so that's an optional thing that you might do so let's undo a few times here and get back to our original okay, so what we start out doing, activate the image layer, click and grab the rectangular marquis selection tool and we're going to draw a box around the part of the image that we don't want to be filtered you want to leave a pretty good chunk of space around the edges because that's what the filter is going to run on if if we do this selection too close to the edge is like that the filter wouldn't have much to work with there's not that many pixels outside of the selection so you want to keep you want to, you know, have maybe about a half inch screw at half screen it's not a real half inch on all sides of this selection box to make that work now we're going to add a layer mask and now we run our filter filter brushstrokes spatter adjust the settings to your liking click ok and that's really it we added the solid color feel layer just to have another background said the white drag it to the bottom of your layer stacks was underneath if you'd like click to activate the image layer at an inner shadow and if you want to soften that those edges of the filtered mask click to activate the mask and then run a gaussian blur filter on the mask itself a set to something in the decimal point range so very, very small amount and that's it so that's another handy little technique for you to have in your bag of tricks and it's all about you know incorporating visual interest in some of your pieces here's the same technique but used on text so as you can see here my text has some funky edges we'll have a heck did I make that happen? I ran a filter on a mask that I attached to a type player so let's do that let's turn off the layer that I've made for you oops so what I'm really going to do is delete the mask on the layer that I made for you so we're back tio just the type players this is regular all text methe a special going on here but what is special is what we're going to do next we're going to load the shape of those characters as a selection and then add a layer mask and then we're going to run the filter on the layer mass so that our text remains editable and unharmed so to do that let's command or control click the layer thumbnail itself not over here over here because different things will happen if you command or control click over here van over here okay so once again let me d select we are commander control clicking the layer thumbnail toe loaded as a selection now it's add a layer mask and runner filter exactly like we did on the frame in the technique previously so filter go down too this time we're going to use brush strokes we could use breast strokes we could use distort, distort ocean ripple is another good one networks on either created frames like we just did or text so let's choose ocean ripple in that meat so here we've got a nice preview of what's going to happen to the mask I might take down the ripple magnitude a little bit dis are text remains somewhat readable thiss kind of effect you do not want to do on a whole paragraph it ticks people all right this is for headlines only really short words but it has a need distressed effect to them so click ok and that's it it's silly how e c this is its list it one more time shall we the lead player mask so here we are we've we've pressed t to grab the type tool we've typed out the word hot now let's command or control click the type player thumbnail trot down to the bottom of the layers panel click the circle within a square icon to add a layer mask with the mask active she's filter anything an artistic would work for this anything in brushstrokes would work for this, but just for fun we're using to store anything and distort would work for this as well we're going to choose ocean ripple but do experiment with those because they'll produce different effects. Change these settings. If you'd like, click ok and that's it now. If the text isn't as distressed as you want it, what in the world would keep you from rerunning the same filter again? Does choose ocean ripple gander, press command. F. So if I run it again, it's a little bit more distressed when it again it's, distressed, even more still, so there is no end to the different effects that you can create with this. And again, if these edges get a little bit pixelated on you from the distressing than you could run a very small amount of a gaussian blur on the mass to kind of soften it out.
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