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Courses - Photoshop 204
Description: Intermediate Photoshop
Running Time: 51 minutes
Pre-Requisites: Photoshop 203 strongly recommended
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We use Photoshop 7 in this class, but the lessons are valid for just about every version of Photoshop, including Elements. The concepts are the same regardless of Photoshop version.
 

This is the first of two courses covering Photoshop's various Filters. The purpose of these two classes is to familiarize you with all of the different kinds of filtering effects available in Photoshop. In today's class you will learn:

  • Sharpen Filter
  • Blur Filter
  • Artistic Filters
  • Brush Strokes Filters

We begin by learning about the Sharpen Filters: sharpen, sharpen more, sharpen edges, unsharp mask, radius, tolerance, and using fade. You can use these filters to clear up blurry pictures.


Before - blurry


After - with sharpen more filter

 

Next, we'll learn the exact opposite - how to blur different regions of your photo with the blur filters: bluring wrinkles and backgrounds, motion blur, radial blur, and smart blur. You can see how a little bit of blur tends to soften up grandma's wrinkles:

We can also use blur to de-emphasize regions of a photo. For example, the background foliage in this picture is a bit distracting...

With a little blur, you don't notice it as much...

This is great for taking sports photography pictures that were taken with a really good camera (so there is no blur) and faking the action...


Before - no blur


After - with a little motion blur added


After - or how about one of the players?

 

Next we'll learn about all of the different Artistic Filters, such as colored pencil, cutout, dry brush, film grain, fresco, neon glow, paint daubs, palette knife, plastic wrap, posted edges, rough pastels, smudge stick, sponge, underpainting, and watercolor. Here are just a few of the cool effects...


Before - our flower bouquet


Colored Pencil Filter


Paint Daubs Filter


Plastic Wrap Filter


Watercolor Filter


Poster Edges Filter - make our baseball game look like a cartoon

 

Next, we look at the Brush Strokes filters including Accented Edges, Angled Strokes, Crosshatch, Dark Strokes, Ink Outlines, Spatter, Sprayed Strokes, Sumi-e.


Angled Strokes Filter


Crosshatch Filter


Before - our Rose picture


Ink Outlines Filter


This is a great class if you want to get into different effects for modifying and filtering your artwork. If you want to add these different artistic effects to your images, you need to become familiar with all of the different filters.

 

 

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Richard on 6/8/2008:  Photoshop 204 is the first of two courses covering Photoshop's various Filters. The purpose of these two classes is to familiarize you with all of the different kinds of filtering effects available in Photoshop. In today's class you will learn the Sharpen Filter, Blur Filter, Artistic Filters, and Brush Strokes Filters. Click here for the full outline.
 

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