How To Use Photoshop Filters

If you’re a serious photographer, you know it takes a lot of work to capture the perfect image. Even if you’ve found an ideal shooting location and properly framed your subject, it can sometimes take some extra help from hardware and software to create a piece of photographic art. Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular photo editing programs, as it contains a wide array of tools and plugins. The choices might be overwhelming for new users, which is why it’s best to learn one piece of functionality at a time. Here’s a brief overview of how to use Photoshop filters and a look at how the technology works.
 
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What Are Filters?
Like the physical filtration devices you screw onto the end of your camera lens, a Photoshop filter augments your images, but it does this task in a different way. Each one is a mathematic algorithm that works in the background to alter an image’s appearance in a number of different ways. While simpler filters do things such as adding blur or reducing unwanted noise, more complex ones emboss edges or turn your photographs into artistic sketches. Your software will come with a wide selection of pre-installed choices, but there are literally thousands of third-party plugins available on the internet.
 
Applying Filters to Pictures
It’s easy to use Photoshop filters on a basic level, as the user simply selects the desired effect from the “filters” menu and applies it to the entire image. While this broad-brush application is desirable for some effects, others require a level of precision to properly achieve the desired result. To augment a specific region of your photograph, use a selection tool to highlight the intended area, which will then be affected by the chosen filter. You often have options when applying filters such as fade, which diminishes the intensity of the effect. It can take time to master techniques, so feel free to play around until you get the right outcome, and use the undo function to remove anything you don’t like.
 
Get More From Your Photographs
This is a basic overview of how to use Photoshop filters, but there’s much more to this technology, such as smart objects that allow you to edit in a nondestructive fashion. While you can apply a filter to your own photographs, you can also use it to augment any other image to make it fit your needs. If you need additional content for one of your graphic design projects, Shutterstock has millions of images for purchase.  
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