Creative Use Of Filters And Commands

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© 2002 Gregory Georges

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© 2002 Gregory Georges

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Gregory George

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Gregory George

ABOUT THE IMAGE

Smith's American Fire Dept. Truck Nikon 950 digital camera using Fine Image Quality setting, 1200 x 1600 pixel, 900KB .jpg file

The digital photo of the two firetrucks was taken with a handheld digital camera on an overcast day — the perfect light for taking shots of subjects such as this one. What you may or may not know is that this image of a pair of old rusty fire trucks is an excellent image for trying all kinds of Photoshop 7 filters techniques. You'll enjoy working with it, I'm sure.

Unlike most techniques in this book where the goal is to make a cool image, our goal in this one is to edit the image in a number of ways to show you how you can get more out of Photoshop 7 filters. We take a few steps, and then stop to look at the results, and then take a few more and again look at the results, and so on. At the end of the technique, you ought to be on a longer journey of your own to explore the limitless power of Photoshop 7 with these tips as your guide.

In a couple of the earlier techniques in this book, you saw how you can improve the results of specific filters by doing some pre- and postprocessing of an image. In this technique, you discover that you can further modify the effects of filters by

■ Blending layers (either with itself by using the

Apply Image command or with another layer)

■ Applying filters to a single channel

■ Using the Fade command

■ Changing blend opacity levels

■ Mixing filters or commands

■ Click the Set White Point eye dropper (it is the third eye dropper in the bottom-right corner of the Curves dialog box). Click once inside the nearly white lettering on the side of the Smith's truck to set the White point.

■ Do the same thing with the Set Black Point eye dropper (the first eye dropper on the left), but make sure to click inside a part of the image where you think it should be the blackest, such as inside the front left wheel well where it is all shadow. After you click, you should notice that the darks (or blacks) get slightly blacker, which is good.

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