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Photoshop CC tutorial 18: How use filters.


  1. File > Open > Photoshop Exercise Files > Filters > Woman on Wall.jpg.
  2. Choose Filter > Filter Gallery.

    Filter gallery in photoshop cc

  3. Play with the filters.
  4. You can add more than one filter at a time by clicking the small New Filter at the bottom right of the pop up window.

    Photoshop filter - underpainting

  5. Click OK when you’re finished.


Oil paint filter in Photoshop CC

  1. File > Open > Photoshop Exercise Files > Oil painting > open either of the images.

  2. Filter > oil paint
  3. Adjust as below and press OK.
  4. Revert file and experiment with the Oil paint settings.
  5. Combine with mode changes.

    Oil paint filter in PHotoshop CC

    Oil painting in photoshop cc

    Advanced filters (using motion blur to create movement)

  6. File > Open > Photoshop Exercise Files > Filters > Motion Blur.psd.
  7. Filter > Blur > Motion Blur.

    motion blur in photoshop CC

  8. Play with the slider to adjust the amount of blur. Click OK.

    Note: You can turn the eye on and off for a before and after view.

    Before: After:

    Motion blur filter before Motion blur filter after

    Note: We have applied a mask to the layer so the face isn’t affected by the motion blur filter.

Advanced filters (using unsharp mask to sharpen an image)

  1. File > Open > Photoshop Exercise Files > Filters > Unsharp Mask.jpg.
  2. Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask.

    unsharp mask filter in Photoshop CC


  3. You will need to play with the settings depending on the image. 
    For this image: Amount = 150%. Radius = around 7 (determined by the resolution of your image eg a high resolution image will need a higher radius). Threshold = 4 (most images will need a threshold of 4. If you make the threshold too high you will not see any sharpening.)

    result from unsharp mask


  4. Click OK.

    Note: If you oversharpen you can reduce it: in your Layers Panel double click on the Blending Options icon and reduce the opacity.
    You can turn the eye on and off for a before and after view.

    Before / After

    unsharp mask before unsharp mask after







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