Mastering Adobe Photoshop Filters

Learn how to master usage of the filters in Adobe Photoshop
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  • Lectures 37
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2013 English

Course Description

Olaf Giermann presents up to 4 hours of high-quality HD video, complete with lesson files, assessment quizzes, and review materials. He covers Adobe Photoshop filters giving users insight and know how on how to best apply filters and what you will get when you do.  Project files used in the lessons are included so viewers can practice what they've learned, and interactive review questions help reinforce freshly gained knowledge.

What are the requirements?

  • Adobe Photoshop

What am I going to get from this course?

  • To familiarize users with Photoshop's powerful image filters

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone using Adobe Photoshop

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Section 1: Introduction
This lesson provides an overview of the main filters in Photoshop CS5 and demonstrates some of the creative effects you can achieve with them.
In this lesson you will see how filters work, where to find them, and how to disable unwanted filters.
Some filters have a much broader creative application than their names would suggest. This lesson explores some of the creative ways you can use filters.
This lesson demonstrates how to use layers to keep your original image data intact and benefit from creative options such as changing the opacity, fill mode, and blend mode.
It is easier to fine-tune your filter results when you work with layers. However, there are cases where working without layers can speed up certain processes tremendously, as this lesson demonstrates.
This lesson brings you up to speed on Smart Filters. You'll see how useful they are, particularly when you want to experiment with multiple creative effects.
In this lesson you will see how easy it is to transfer a Smart Filter from one object to another, and in which cases you will have to rasterize the layer when doing so.
Not every filter can be used as a Smart Filter. However, in this lesson you will learn a clever way to work around this issue.
This lesson describes some of the challenges of using Smart Filters, such as large file sizes and unexpected filter results. You'll also learn when not to use Smart Filters.
In this lesson you will see how to apply filters nondestructively, i.e., without making any changes to the original layers of the image.
Sometimes you'll need to reset your filters. This lesson demonstrates how easy this is to do using either the dialog box or the Filter Gallery.
This lesson demonstrates how keyboard shortcuts can significantly increase the efficiency of your workflow. Watch and learn!
The Adobe Configurator lets you create a custom panel with all of your favorite effects in it. As you'll see in this lesson, it's easy to do and enables you to quickly apply your most commonly used filters without using any keyboard shortcuts.
This lesson shows you how to color-code groups of effects so you can quickly spot the filter you want in your menu.
Section 2: Patterns and Borders
Tileable patterns are essential for web backgrounds and 3D textures. This lesson walks you through the process of creating such a pattern.
In this lesson we'll use Smart Object instances and the Free Transform function to create a self-updating kaleidoscopic effect in an image.
In this lesson you'll learn how to render a perspective grid using the Vanishing Point filter. Perspective grids can be used as a reference point or as a graphical element, as you will see.
This lesson demonstrates how to create interesting border and frame effects by applying filters to layer masks. This technique is easy and yet offers endless creative possibilities.
Section 3: Filtering Text
This lesson explains how to keep your text live and editable even while manipulating and applying filters.
This lesson demonstrates a unique method of softening and rounding your text while keeping it editable by converting it to a Smart Object and using blur filters.
With a layer mask and structure filters you can break up text easily and effectively, as this lesson demonstrates.
In this lesson you'll see how to use blur filters and arrange text copies to create the illusion of photographic depth.
Section 4: Using Filters Creatively
In this lesson you will learn how to use filter effects to create the appearance of brushed metal surfaces.
You can create a colorful camouflage pattern with just a few clicks using the Stamp filter, and this lesson will show you how.
With the techniques demonstrated in this lesson you will be able to create a night sky and your own realistic-looking galaxy.
This lesson shows you how to create an image that resembles a pooled water surface with ripples using only two filters.
In this lesson we will use creative effects to produce a completely realistic reflective lake surface.
This lesson demonstrates how to create the effect of a bolt of lightning streaking through your image. It's easier than you think!
Pixelbender is a powerful plug-in filter that opens up worlds of creative possibilities for you. This lesson provides an overview and shows you how to install it.
Section 5: Graphic Effects for Photographic Images
Pixelbender is a powerful plug-in filter that opens up worlds of creative possibilities for you. This lesson provides an overview and shows you how to install it.
In this lesson you will create an image that resembles an oil-painting using Pixelbender and some Photoshop filters.

This lesson demonstrates how to create an interesting self-repetition of picture elements using the Droste plug-in for Pixelbender.

In this lesson you will learn to add light and glow with the lens flare filter, including some special tips on how to do this nondestructively and with precise placement of your elements.
In this lesson you will see how to change a photo into the appearance of a hand-drawn pencil sketch.
In this lesson, you will combine Stamp filters, Scanlines and color gradients to create a colorful graphic effect.  
This lesson demonstrates how to add dramatic effect to your photos by tightening the edges of the objects in the image.
This lesson demonstrates some advanced Photoshop techniques to change your photograph into an illustration.

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Peachpit Press, Books, eBooks and Videos for Creative People produces top-notch videos, books and ebooks on the latest in graphic design, Web design and development, digital photography, multimedia, video, and general computing. Our award-winning products are authored by the creative industry's top professionals and feature step-by-step explanations, timesaving techniques, savvy insider tips, and expert advice. Peachpit is the home of Peachpit Press, Adobe Press, Apple Certified and New Riders and is the publishing partner for The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), and others.

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