Fun with Filters

Posted: February 7, 2013 in Photoshop

I would like you to experiment with the many “filter” tools available to you in Photoshop.

You will see a large list of effects available under the “Filter” menu. Most of the filters have settings you can use to adjust the effect until you get the desired results.  IF you go to the Filter Gallery, you can see all the filters in one place.

Filters are often most effectively used with selection tools – by leaving a part of the image unfiltered you can help it stand out in the image more clearly.

The more that you experiment and get creative with filters, the more you will enjoy them.

Here are some examples of Filter use that I have created:


This image was created by masking off the jeep, using the “Doublebrush” filter, inverting the selection and then applying “Doublebrush” with different angle settings.


This image was created by masking off the Jeep and using “Ink Outline” as well as some adjustments of the Colour Balance (under Image>Adjustments).


This image uses the “Patchwork” filter and Image>Adjustments>Black & White.


This image uses Filter>Render>Lighting Effects to create a spotlight effect on the Jeep

I would like you to create four images that use filters in creative ways. They don’t all have to be the same image like I have done above. Go through all of the filters and adjust the setting for them so you can get an understanding of what they are doing. Try to see what happens when you apply multiple filters to the same image.

When you have created your four images, post them to your blog under the title “Fun with Filters”.

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