Cutout

The Cutout filter is one of my favorites. It can reduce a picture to something resembling a cut paper collage or a silk screen print. The Cutout filter does this by averaging all the colors and shades and converting them to just a handful. You can decide how many by setting the number of levels from 2-8 in its Options dialog box. You can also set Edge Fidelity (1-3) and Edge Simplicity (1-10) in the dialog box, which is shown in Figure 16.5.

Low Edge Simplicity and high Edge Fidelity settings produced the picture in Figure 16.6, which seems to be the most pleasing variation for this filter and photo combination (see it in the Color Gallery, too). It's important to experiment with different settings every time you apply a filter to a new photo. What works with one picture might be totally wrong for another that is more or less complicated. In one combination or another, this filter manages to make almost any picture look good high Edge Fidelity settings produced.

FIGURE 16.5

The Edge Simplicity setting refers to how much the edges are simplified.

FIGURE 16.5

The Edge Simplicity setting refers to how much the edges are simplified.

FIGURE 16.6

Cutout filter applied.

FIGURE 16.6

Cutout filter applied.

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