You recognize good design when you see it. It’s engaging, eye-catching, and enticing. But even if you know how to spot great graphics, you might not know how to create them yourself. Shutterstock Editor offers all the tools you need to take your ideas from concept to finished product. One of the best ways to create unique graphics is to use features such as filters to make exciting designs. With Shutterstock Editor, you can employ a range of basic and advanced filters to achieve the effect you’re aiming for. If you want to use the graphic design tool to its maximum potential, check out the following ways to apply an advanced filter to your image and turn it into a work of art.
1. Start Basic
When you first start using filters in your work, it’s a good idea to start with the basics. The Shutterstock graphic design tool includes over ten different filter presets to choose from. If your design calls for a black and white image, the carbon filter will do the trick. If you’re looking for a brightly saturated appearance, the zinc or nickel will both be appealing. The basic “Filters” tab is accessible by clicking the overlapping circle icon adjacent to the object toolbar. They offer stylish effects that make all the difference when you want to create appealing designs.
2. Use Filter Adjustments
When you’re working in Shutterstock Editor, you can import your own images to edit or use one of the millions of royalty-free illustrations, vectors, and photos available through our library. Our graphic design editor offers powerful yet accessible tools, and the advanced filters are one of the strongest assets you will discover. Once you have mastered basic filters, you can explore the advanced filters featured in the workspace. The advanced filter settings can be accessed by clicking the “Advanced” tab adjacent to the “Filters” tab. Here, you will find sliders that allow you to control your graphic’s brightness, saturation, and contrast as well as apply a vignette, blur or exposure effect.
3. Use Preview Mode
As you start trying out the advanced filters and effects offered in the image editor, you may notice that there is a toggle switch that says “Preview Mode” at the lower right hand side of the workspace. This switch controls the view of the effects that is displayed as you work on your graphic. Turning on Preview Mode will allow you to see the changes you are making in real time and more effectively choose a filter and advanced effect to apply.
4. Enjoy Endless Combinations
The greatest benefit of the Shutterstock design tool and its advanced filters is the incredible array of options you have to choose from. Best of all, the advanced filters can be applied along with any other filter. In other words, you can mix advanced filters and effects until you create a look that feels just right. The result is an endless range of combinations, and a versatility that empowers you to create intuitively and effectively.