Adobe® Photoshop® Deep Dive: Filters

 

Adobe® Photoshop® Deep Dive: Filters

 

Lesson Info

Render Filters

But one of my favorite ways to use render clouds in conjunction with the motion blur is to use it to really make a new photo look vintage so here's the before and there's what we're going to create hey the's paper damage brush is a custom brush that I downloaded from the adobe exchange site which is available now through the window extensions that they'll be exchange panel we went over that yesterday so I'm not going to show you how to do that in this class I was going to turn off that uh little crackly brush that I added the paper damage brush so when you paint with it really looks like you're damaging the paper like it was old, but for this particular effect what we're gonna do is we're going to create this new layer that we're going to use the render clouds filter on and then we're going to blur it with the motion lawyer filter so that it looks like streaks so there's the before and there's the after ok, so all I did here was dropped the color with a grady at math adjustment layer s...

o we'll do that real quick so we're gonna press d to set our color chips to the default of black and white make sure black is on top come down to the half black half white, circle the bottom of your layers panel and choose grady it map any dough in my opinion that's one of the easiest, most beautiful ways to create a black of my image from the color images to use a grady it map adjustment layer does a great job now let's create a new empty layer and let's set our color chips to the colors that were going to use for our streak layer so let's click the foreground color chip and we wanted we want to pick a brown color so maybe something in this room right here you're gonna have to experiment to get just the right brown but let's say this brown is going to be fine for us, so we'll click ok now let's set our background color cipto white so you want brown is one colored ship? Why is the other color chip doesn't matter which one then we're going to come into the filter menu choose render clouds and we got brown clouds here again we can press command or control f two get more clouds so just do that a few times there's no magic number as to how many times now let's go back it to the filter menu choose blur motion blur we're gonna enter ninety degrees so that we get up and down streaks and we're going to grab this slider at the bottom and drag it all the way to the right so we get serious blur not sort of blur serious blur and quick okay now the next thing we need to do is change the blend mode of that layer to something that's going to let us see three yet keep a little bit of the streak witness and that happens to be hard light so trot up to the top of the layers panel and choose hard light and that's it that need before after if you are if you're taking the patriot you have a photography studio in your taking photos of let's say several generations and you're trying to match the look of maybe older generations in the vintage photo this is a fabulous technique because you can make it look old mean as you can see here these dudes this was shot modern days not an old shot but dropping the color out with a great map adjustment layer and using render clouds with a foreground either one in the foreground or background he wants brown is one colored ship white is the other color ship and then you run in motion blur filter on it and it really gives you that streak it look says kind of like a reverse restoration if you will so real quickly again set your color chips to the default of black and white make sure black is on top from the half black half white circle the bottom of the layers panel choose grady it man massa tightening all in itself right there now freed a new empty layer set your one of your color chips to brown and one of them to black so I'm just going to cruise up to the brown realm here we'll get a little orange year click ok filter render clouds press commander control f to run it a few more times you get different results every time you use this this is what we did earlier in the class to make a new background when we use different shades of blue now let's go back to the filter menu choose blur motion blur set the angle to ninety degrees and grab the distant slider and drag it all the way right for maximum blur press ok set your blend mode the hard line and that's it pretty nifty so that's a great way to use blur so here's our emotional or in conjunction with render clouds so here's another example of creating a new background with render clouds and you can see exactly what I've done here so it gives you some ideas for creating new backgrounds with those filters. Now the next thing I want to show you is the sharpened category now we went over this heavily yesterday and I'm not saying everybody's watching today wash yesterday but I have a favorite way to sharpen images and that is using the high pass filter so we're going to do that in just a little bit okay, so but what I will say is I have several images in here for you to play around with the different filters that air in the sharpened category, so I'll just open this image right here, so if we get to the filter menu and she's sharp and you can see that there are riddles and gobs of options here, but what I will tell you is that if your image is blurry, do the camera shake, then use photo shop see sees new shake reduction filter that's the one to go for not not if your image is blurry because the wind blew your subject around like if you're shooting a flower, say, but if blur has been introduced by you, the shooter moving your camera that happens when you're shooting with a long lens without a tripod, et cetera. So if your image is blurry, did a camera shake use shake reduction if your image has noise in it? Use smart sharpen sparked sharp and was completely redesigned and photo shops sisi and that's what I've used on this image right here which arguably has quite a bit of noise in it double click it just to open it up so you can see so the new smart sharpened in photo shops sisi has this reduce noise slider, which is very handle that handy, which is like handle that similar but a little different another great thing about the smart, sharp and filter is that you get this shadow and highlight section, so if you wantto tone down the sharpening on just the shadows or just the highlights, then you can use this fate amount slider to get that done okay, so if your image has noise in it or if you want to tweak the amount of sharpening that's happening in the shadows or in the highlights, then use smart, sharp and it's brand new and photo shops sisi has been completely redesigned, has new math behind it and it works like a charm the way I want to show you how to sharp and I'm going to go ahead and skip ahead to this day because we're talking about sharpening, so when you purchase the class, we're going to skip down tio folder eighteen for the other category and we're going to get it go into the high pass filter someone opened at this image here. This is my favorite way to sharpen it is absolutely full proof you don't have a slew of settings to memorize you're going to have one setting in this filter and it's going to give you a preview of exactly what edges air being sharpened it's amazing! So what we're going to do is turn off the visibility of the layer that I've created for you turn on the original and we're going to convert it for smart filters. So tried it to the filter menu. Convert for smart filters. Then we're going to go back up to the filter menu. Go all the way down to the other category and choose high pass. See this easy peasy dialog box also, as I zoom in on my image, see that the areas that are kind of being highlighted in the lighter tones here, those air, all of my high contrast edges that are actually going to be sharpened. Should I click ok on this filter? How easy is that? So, what you want to do is set the radius of this particular dialog box no higher than four that's. All you have to remember as I drive this radius up, see how more and more areas are being accentuated in the document, and in the preview, those are the areas that will be sharpened as I dragged the radius slider to the lift. I have fewer of those areas, so I have less sharpening as long as you don't ever drag this sucker of a four. Maybe unless you have a honkin big image, you know, ten thousand pixels by fifteen thousand pixels that usually a radius somewhere between one and four is going to be all you want, go closer to four for images that have a lot of angles and hardline hard lines in the ruins that kind of things, things that are really contrast t that you want to accentuate for babies and pets and flowers and supporters of fluffy stuff, you probably want to be somewhere between point five and two so it's super easy way easier to use an un chart mask a little bit less control but in my opinion full proof simple everyday, fabulous sharpening so for this image since its ruins and kind of high contrast, we're going to go with a radius of three click ok now we're going to double click open the blending options of that filter and we're going to change the blend mode of the filter itself tio something in the category that drops fifty percent gray right out and that's gonna be overlay ted all that's it here's our before here's are after is thie on ly way to sharpen that gives you the atleast in my opinion the best preview of exactly what's gonna happen to your image should you click ok and the fact that you only have one setting is really really nice and you just have to remember not to go above four he's a higher number for things that you want to have a lot of contrast and use a lower number for really soft stuff and that is it so let's do that one more time so back up, so click to activate the layer filter convert for smart filters filter other high pass don't go over four he's a higher number for images like this lower number for porches and babies and soft fluffy things click ok double click the blending options icon and changed the blend mode toe overlay and click ok, so if your document was comprised of many layers, of course she would activate them all and turned them all into us a smart object into your sharpening their that's it easy, easy, easy that's my take on sharpening so now let's, go back and continue on there was one more thing in the render category that I wanted to show you want to show you how to do a non destructive lens flare because that's handy to do, but we're going to do the lens flare on its very own layer and I've got some other images in here for you too to play with, so we'll just do it on these two images right here two men a little bit seacon see see that nice lens flare it wasn't really there in the image wasn't really there in the image over here see that nice elin's wherever there was not in the image ok, so how do we do this it's a two step process, so hang on create a new layer filled with grace that capacity. Okay, it's going to be easier to do this one if we use the dialog box to create our new layer so let's, go ahead and press shift command in for new or shift control and for knee on a pc. Recall this one flare, and I've also given you instructions here in the exercise file, which is handy so from the mod menu in this new layer dialog box. Let's, go ahead and set it to what we're going to use, which is overlay now, let's fill it with fifty percent gray. Well, since fifty percent gray happens to be overlays particular initial color, all we have to do is turn on the check box it's right here in the new layer dialog box to get that done, we don't have to go use the edit phil command, so click ok now we're ready to run our filter so taught it to the filter men, you go down to render lens flare and depending upon the type of flair year after I think for this one, I just used the the default settings, but she can certainly adjust those if you want for this particular technique to be able to move it around on your image, it's best not to set the brightness above one hundred percent so really just leave this dialog box set at its default settings and click ok and there it is now all you have to do is grab the move tool dragged that sector around and call it done if that easy let's do it on another image so I'll turn off the layer that I made for you what's our first step create a new layer using the new layer dialog box only because we've got a couple of other settings in there that saves us time so shift command in for new layer shift control in for new layer on a pc name it flare changed the mod menu toe overlay turn on the phil checkbox beneath the mod menu click ok choose filter render a lens flare don't go above one hundred percent on brightness because that would change some of the gray and we need this gray part to stay exactly fifty percent gray for it to completely disappear on that layer. So if he's change the brightness above one hundred percent, it starts affecting the color of the gray, which is going to leave some of the gray hanging around in the image and you don't want that so this leave it a one hundred percent click ok press v to grab your move tool move it around if you want what if you want to rotate it? No problem at it free transform to spin around hips press return when you're finished with the transform so you can see that that layer has been rotated up here. So that's all there is to love that otherwise, if you run that filter, even as a smart filter, it applies itself to your image, and you can physically move it around on the imaging. You want the ability to position it because I couldn't have made it exactly like that. Just using the filters controls, I needed the ability to grab it with the move tool, and by using that layer set to overlay with fifty percent gray, phil allows me to do that. I'm gonna sneak back into the render category for just another second, because I want to show you lighting effects. Lighting effects were completely redesigned in photo shop c s six, and you can do all kinds of things. So obviously, those spotlights were not there, and obviously, these three spots down, we're not their thing. This was our original image, so you can see from my files here. All we did was convert for smart filters. Go back to the ranger category, choose lining effects. Basically, you have three different choices you can make here what's kind of lights do you want point lights shine in all directions, like a light bulb. A spotlight shines down like a flashlight beam and infinite light shines from a distance like the sun and it's kind of slightly diffused so you can choose what kind of light she want to add by using these options right here in the options bar. So this is a spotlight point line, an infinite light and the little icons and cells giving an idea of what that kind of light source does, but what you need to do is just play around with this presets menu right here because as you can see, there are tons of nice process and are in there so again, a great way to grab your favorite beverage and spence um quality time with your computer and just go through all these different lives so if you don't have the right lighting kit at your studio to do some of this stuff you can do here so once you get these lights onto your document, look at the on image controls here they're exactly the same as the blur gallery filters that we looked at earlier grabbed the pin to move them around. You can change there with using these little white handles and you can change the intensity of the light by using this little intensity slider right there so all kinds of ways to play around so if you shift click you can activate multiple lies if you've added multiple lies to your image and then you can use those pins to drag them two different location in your image in mass so to shift click to activate more than one and then when you're ready to deactivate them you have to do that over here in the lights panel so this whole interface is very similar to the filter gallery in that you can stack up lighting effects here in this area but this is where you control which one is active at any given time that's the only way you can de activate these lights you can shift click to activate them but I can't shift click to deactivate ok, so you have to deactivate over here so do you play around with these presets? I given you several documents here tio mess with so it's a it's a whole lot of fun you can add all kinds of special effects with these guys so I've given you some ideas here and here and also over here so same kinds of things slightly different process want to show you how to do a non destructive lens flare because that's handy to do but we're going to do the lens flare on its very own layer and I've got some other images in here for youto to play with, so we'll just do it on these two images right here two men a little bit seacon see see that nice lens flare it wasn't really there in the image that wasn't really there in the image over here so that nice elin's, where over there? I was not in the image. Ok, so how do we do this? It's? A two step process, so hang on. Create a new layer filled with grace. It'll pass it. Ok, it's going to be easier to do this one if we use the dialog box to create our new layer so let's, go ahead and press shift command in for new or shift control and for knee on a pc. Recall this one flare and I've also given you instructions here in the exercise file, which is handy so from the mod menu in this new layer dialog box. Let's, go ahead and set it to what we're going to use, which is overlay now, let's, fill it with fifty percent gray. Well, since fifty percent gray happens to be overlays particular neutral color. All we have to do is turn on the check box. It's right here in the new layer dialog box to get that done, we don't have to go use the edit phil command, so click ok now we're ready to run our filter, so trying it to the filter men, you go down to render lens flare and depending upon the type of flair year after I think for this one, I just used the the default settings, but she can certainly adjust those if you want for this particular technique to be able to move it around on your image it's best not to set the brightness above one hundred percent so really just leave this dialog box set at its default settings and click ok and there it is now all you have to do is grab the move tool dragged that sector around you call it done it's that easy let's do it on another image so I'll turn off the layer that I made for you what's our first step create a new layer using the new layer dialog box on lee because we've got a couple of other settings in there that saves us time so shift command in for new layer shift control in for new layer on a pc name it flare changed the mod menu toe overlay turn on the phil checkbox beneath the mod menu click ok jews filter render a lens flare don't go above one hundred percent on brightness because that would change some of the gray and we need this gray part to stay exactly fifty percent gray for it to completely disappear on that layer. So if he's change the brightness above one hundred percent, it starts affecting the color of the gray, which is going to leave some of the gray hanging around in the image and you don't want that so this leave it a one hundred percent click. Ok, press vd. Grab your move, tool, move it around if you want. What if you want to rotate it? No problem at it. Free, transform, just spin around hips, press return when you're finished with the transform, so you can see that that layer has been rotated up here, so that's all there is to it. I love that otherwise, if you run that filter, even as a smart filter, it applies itself to your image, and you can physically move it around on the imaging. You want the ability to position it, because I couldn't have made it exactly like that. Just using the filters controls, I needed the ability to grab it with a move tool, and by using that layer set to overlay with fifty percent gray, phil allows me to do that.

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