With Stylize Filters

What You'll Do

In this lesson, you'll apply a solarize filter to the Sunflower field layer and a Wind filter to the Orange bar layer. You'll also apply the Poster Edges filter to a layer using the Filter Gallery.

Learning About Stylize Filters

Stylize filters produce a painted or impressionistic effect by displacing pixels and heightening the contrast within an image. Figure 10 shows several Stylize filters. Several commonly used Stylize filters and their effects are listed below: ■ The Diffuse filter breaks up the image so that it looks less focused. The Darken Only option replaces light pixels with dark pixels, and the Lighten Only option replaces dark pixels with light pixels.

■ The Wind filter conveys directed motion.

■ The Extrude filter converts the image into pyramids or blocks.

Applying a Filter to a Selection

Instead of applying a filter to an entire layer, you can specify a particular area of a layer to which you want to apply a filter. You need to first define the area by using a marquee tool, and then apply the desired filter. If you want to apply a filter to a layer that contains a mask, be sure to select the layer name, not the layer mask thumbnail.

Detecting a watermark

Before you can embed a watermark, you must first register with Digimarc Corporation. When Photoshop detects a watermark in an image, it displays the copyright image © in the image file's title bar. To check if an image has a watermark, make the layer active, click Filter on the menu bar, point to Digimarc, then click Read Watermark.

FIGURE 10

Examples of Stylize filters

FIGURE 10

Examples of Stylize filters

Apply a Stylize filter

1. Click the Sunflower field layer on the Layers palette.

2. Click Filter on the menu bar, point to Stylize as shown in Figure 11, then click Solarize.

3. Compare your image to Figure 12.

You applied the Solarize filter to the Sunflower field layer.

FIGURE 11

Stylize options on the Filter menu

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FIGURE 12

Effect of Solarize filter

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FIGURE 12

Effect of Solarize filter

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DESIGNTIP Using filters to reduce file size

If you apply a filter to a small area, you can view the effect while conserving your computer's resources. For example, you can test several filters on a small area and then decide which one you want to apply to one or more layers. Alternatively, you can apply a filter to a large portion of a layer, such as applying a slight Motion Blur filter to a grassy background. Your viewers will not notice an appreciable difference when they look at the grass, but by applying the filter, you reduce the number of green colors Photoshop must save in the image, which reduces the size of the file.

FIGURE 13

Elliptical Marquee selection

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Wind

FIGURE 13

Elliptical Marquee selection

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FIGURE 15

Effect of Wind filter

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FIGURE 15

Effect of Wind filter

Wind filter applied to oranqe bar

FIGURE 14

Wind dialog box

FIGURE 14

Wind dialog box

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