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How to create painterly effects using Filter Gallery

There are a number of filters that emulate traditional drawing and painting effects, add textures and create special effects all under Photoshop’s filter gallery.

so..pick this image mate

I’m going to select filter and then just make sure that filter gallery is available. If it’s grayed out, then you’re probably in 16 bit, and filter gallery only works in eight bit. So if you’re in 16 bit and you want to change, you go to image, mode, and then select eight bit instead of 16. All right, I’ll choose filter and convert for smart filter so that we can add the filter gallery non-destructively and then before I apply the filter, I’m going to tap the d key to set my default foreground and background colors because some of the filters do use those color swatches. Then I’ll select filter, filter gallery. On the left hand side is the preview area. We can use the icons in the lower left to zoom in or out or enter in a value or use those keyboard shortcuts we know like Ctrl + 0 to fit in window. On the right hand side are all of our filters with an icon that will display a preview. When you click on a filter, it will apply that filter. When you select a filter, you get additional options for the filter to the right. If you wanted to hide all of these icons, use the icon in the upper right and then you can select the different filters from the list. But as we look at them, I’ll make them visible.

There are several of categories of filters that you can explore on your own. We’re just going to take a look at a few of them. I’ll select spatter in order to start with. It’s a little hard to see in the image area, so I might use Ctrl + 1 to zoom into 100%. Let’s increase the spray radius in order to make it a little bit more obvious and I can choose whether or not I want the spray to be smoother or bring it back and make it a little bit rougher. Now each time I click on one of these icons, it would change the filter, but if I want to stack multiple filters, then I can click on the plus icon and this time, let’s use distort and then diffuse glow. I’ll zoom out to see the entire image using Ctrl + 0 and then make a few adjustments. I’m going to increase the grain amount, decrease the glow, and also, decrease the clear amount. If I want to see how these filters would look if they were applied in a different order, I can drag and drop to change the stacking order. Then I’ll go ahead and apply the filter. To look at some other examples, I’ll use the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl + J, in order to duplicate that layer and then double click on the filter gallery in order to make some changes. I’ll use Ctrl + 0 in order to fit in window.

I’ll return to the artistic group and click on colored pencil. I want to brighten up the paper, so I’ll increase the paper brightness slider. Then I’ll change the diffuse glow to the angle strokes found under the brush stroke grouping. While I like the effect, I might want to make the motion a little bit more apparent. To do that, I’ll apply it and then combine the filter gallery with the blur and then motion blur. I’ll change the angle to about 40, and then let’s increase the distance a bit. I’ll apply that and we can see in the layers panel that I now have the motion blur plus the filter gallery. All right, for the last example, I’ll use Ctrl + J one more time, and then I’ll delete the motion blur by just dragging it to the trash icon. I’ll double click on filter gallery in order to make changes and use Ctrl + 0 to fit in window. In this example, I want to convert it to a black and white drawing, so I’ll change the colored pencils to one of the sketch options called chalk and charcoal. I’m going to increase the chalk area and I’m going to decrease the stroke pressure. That’s going to make it lighter and kind of give it more of a maybe faded or retro look. Then I’m going to combine this with a glass look, so I’ll select the angled strokes and under distort, I’ll choose glass. But instead of using the frosted texture, I’ll change that to tiny lens, and then I’ll increase the scaling. When you have time, I hope that you’ll explore the additional filters in filter gallery.

For now, I’ll apply that filter, and don’t forget, you can always use the smart filter mask if you want to selectively hide and show the filter in the image. You could also change opacity, as well as use blend mode if you want to blend multiple filtered layers together.

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