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Smart Filters

Lesson 66 from: Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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66. Smart Filters

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Class Trailer
1

Introduction To Adobe Photoshop

04:05
2

Bridge vs. Lightroom

06:39
3

Tour of Photoshop Interface

18:21
4

Overview of Bridge Workspace

07:42
5

Overview of Lightroom Workspace

11:21
6

Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents

08:19
7

How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020

05:10
8

Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders

13:09
9

Developing Raw Images

30:33
10

Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs

09:12
11

How to Save Images

03:37
12

Using the Transform Tool

04:48
13

Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020

06:03
14

Selection Tools

05:55
15

Combining Selection Tools

07:37
16

Using Automated Selection Tools

17:34
17

Quick Mask Mode

05:07
18

Select Menu Essentials

21:28
19

Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020

13:00
20

Align Active Layers

07:29
21

Creating a New Layer

06:15
22

Creating a Clipping Mask

03:02
23

Using Effects on Layers

11:24
24

Using Adjustment Layers

16:44
25

Using the Shape Tool

04:39
26

Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool

04:39
27

Masking Multiple Images Together

15:15
28

Using Layer Masks to Remove People

10:50
29

Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky

10:04
30

Adding Texture to Images

09:11
31

Layering to Create Realistic Depth

05:35
32

Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020

05:29
33

Optimizing Grayscale with Levels

10:59
34

Adjusting Levels with a Histogram

03:37
35

Understanding Curves

06:18
36

Editing an Image Using Curves

18:41
37

Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment

07:19
38

Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode

07:14
39

Editing with Blending Modes

08:04
40

Color Theory

05:59
41

Curves for Color

16:52
42

Hue and Saturation Adjustments

08:59
43

Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment

13:33
44

Match Colors Using Numbers

16:59
45

Adjusting Skin Tones

05:25
46

Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw

10:52
47

Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush

07:53
48

Retouching with the Clone Stamp

06:51
49

Retouching with the Healing Brush

04:34
50

Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools

13:07
51

Extending an Edge with Content Aware

03:42
52

Clone Between Documents

13:19
53

Crop Tool

10:07
54

Frame Tool

02:59
55

Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools

08:14
56

Paint Brush Tools

13:33
57

History Brush Tool

06:27
58

Eraser and Gradient Tools

03:06
59

Brush Flow and Opacity Settings

04:17
60

Blur and Shape Tools

11:06
61

Dissolve Mode

09:24
62

Multiply Mode

15:29
63

Screen Mode

14:08
64

Hard Light Mode

14:54
65

Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes

11:31
66

Smart Filters

11:32
67

High Pass Filter

13:40
68

Blur Filter

05:59
69

Filter Gallery

07:42
70

Adaptive Wide Angle Filter

04:43
71

Combing Filters and Features

04:45
72

Select and Mask

20:04
73

Manually Select and Mask

08:08
74

Creating a Clean Background

21:19
75

Changing the Background

13:34
76

Smart Object Overview

08:37
77

Nested Smart Objects

09:55
78

Scale and Warp Smart Objects

09:08
79

Replace Contents

06:55
80

Raw Smart Objects

10:20
81

Multiple Instances of a Smart Object

12:59
82

Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects

05:42
83

Panoramas

13:15
84

HDR

11:20
85

Focus Stacking

04:02
86

Time-lapse

11:18
87

Light Painting Composite

08:05
88

Remove Moire Patterns

06:11
89

Remove Similar Objects At Once

09:52
90

Remove Objects Across an Entire Image

05:46
91

Replace a Repeating Pattern

06:50
92

Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel

10:27
93

Remove an Object with a Complex Background

07:49
94

Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes

12:27
95

Warping

11:03
96

Liquify

14:02
97

Puppet Warp

12:52
98

Displacement Map

10:36
99

Polar Coordinates

07:19
100

Organize Your Layers

11:02
101

Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss

02:59
102

Layer Style: Knockout Deep

12:34
103

Blending Options: Blend if

13:18
104

Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image

06:27
105

Layer Comps

08:30
106

Black-Only Shadows

06:07
107

Create a Content Aware Fill Action

08:46
108

Create a Desaturate Edges Action

07:42
109

Create an Antique Color Action

13:52
110

Create a Contour Map Action

10:20
111

Faux Sunset Action

07:20
112

Photo Credit Action

05:54
113

Create Sharable Actions

07:31
114

Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1

10:23
115

Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2

07:57
116

Image Compatibility with Lightroom

03:29
117

Scratch Disk Is Full

06:02
118

Preview Thumbnail

02:10

Lesson Info

Smart Filters

Now we're going to transition into talking about filters. Filters are found under the filter menu and photo shop, and it's a long menu of creative effects you can apply. But there's really a lot to know about them because it depends on how you apply them as far as how versatile they're going to be and how you combine them with other features that are found in photo shop. So let's jump in and get started. So first, all off, all, uh, when you apply a filter, usually it's gonna be a destructive process. What I mean by that is, if I really come in here and let's say, blur my picture, just bring up the blur. Click OK, and then, if I save, enclose that image and I opened it a month later. There's no way for me to get that information back if I apply. It is a normal, everyday filter like I just did. There's a special way to apply filters that makes it so. They're non destructive, then, Therefore, they just become an accessory to a layer like a setting attached to that layer, where at any time...

you can turn them off or modify the settings. So if later on I decide that I blurred that too much, I would be able to lower the amount of blurring. And so I'm gonna choose. Undo here, and before I apply that filter, I'll go to the filter menu. And there's a choice called Convert for Smart Filters. When I do that, it's going to convert this layer into what's known as a smart object you can think of. A smart object is a protective bubble around your image that makes it so. Nothing can affect the original contents of that layer directly, so you're always gonna retain the ability to get back to the original content in anything you do to the layer will just become a setting attached to the layer, a setting that could be thrown away where you would get it back to the original look, if you'd like, will have on entire separate lesson about just smart filters if you end up watching all of the complete guide so you'll learn more about them. But they put a special command right here called Convert for smart filters under the filter menu. If you use smart filters before you'll find another command under the layer menu under smart objects called Convert to Smart Object. And that does the same thing as the menu choice that I was just showing you under the filter menu. They're just trying to make it more discoverable and kind of suggested by giving it another name as well. But it would do. The same thing is coming here. So I'm gonna go up to the filter menu and choose convert for smart filters the first time I do that, it's just telling me that it's gonna be converted into a smart object. And I'm like, Okay, that's what the command does. So choose. Don't show again and I'll click. OK, now, if you look at my Layers panel, you'll find there's an extra icon that wasn't there before in the lower right, and that indicates this is a smart object. So just think of it as this layer is like a protective bubble around the original contents, and I'm not able to directly modify that contents. I'm able to just add settings on top of it that can be removed later, so then I'll come over here and apply a filter. I mentioned blurring before it will Let's use Ghazi and Blur, and I'll apply it just like we did before I click. OK, but now if you look at my layers panel, it's different. Before, all I saw was a blurry layer in nothing else was special about it. But because this is a smart object now, when a filter is applied, it's applied as a smart filter in right here. It gives me the name of the filter and you see little eyeball icon. Well, if I were to click the eyeball that would disable the filter, bring you back to what it looked like before using it. If I turn the eyeball back on, it re applies. And then if I double click on the name of the filter in my layers panel, it ends up. Bring the right back into the filter, as if I had never left the filter. And I can lower the setting if I find it to be too much or increase it if I need more, whereas usually if you weren't using a smart object, then you've blurred the image once, and you go back to the exact same blur filter. The only thing you can do is add more blurring to an already blurry picture. But this is a Ziff. I never left the first application of that filter so I could lower it by bringing out a 0.1. It won't be blurry at all. Click. OK, then. If you apply more than one filter in a row to the same layer here, I'll come down and choose no in boss. Then you're gonna find in the layers panel that you just start getting a list of filters one stacked on top of the next, and you think of the bottom. Most filter is the one that's applied first. And then after that was applied, the ones on top and then above you have the word smart filter, and that just means collectively all of the filters that have been applied. So here I could turn off the M boss, just turn off its eyeball. You could see the image over on the right, go back to its original appearance. Also the thumbnail here. Turn that back on or I could turn off the blurry. And then it's going to UNB. Blur the picture, but still apply the emboss. Or I could come up here and turn this eyeball off, and that's gonna turn off all of these things. So now I should be seeing the original image before any smart filters were applied. In addition to that, there is a white rectangle here in my layers panel, and that's known as a layer mask. And we have a separate lesson just about layer mass. If you're not used to using them, be sure toe look for that particular session. But if I paint with black when this mask is active and you can tell it's active when it's corners are highlighted. If the corners air not highlighted, you just got to click on it to make it active. Well, now, if I grab my paintbrush and I paint with black anywhere where I paint is going to remove the filter that's there and bring me back to the original image. Now I have a single layer mask for all of the filters that have been applied, so I can't tell it to do something like Onley removed. The blurring. Don't remove the embossing because this is collectively applying. All of the filters have been applied. If I needed something where I could, uh, mask them separately, I would have needed to duplicate the layer and apply the filter on a separate version of the the Image. But you can see here the black paint that I've put in that mask, and that's preventing these filters from affecting that particular area. You can do things to this layer mask that's here just like you can with any other layer mask. So if you learn any tricks it out layer mask like for instance, I mentioned you could, ah, shift click on it to disable it when we had the layer mask lesson where you could option click it all clicking and windows to view the contents of it. Those kinds of things they work here is well, But if you haven't used layer mask for now, just think of that as something that could limit where the filters are applied. Other things you can do when it comes to working with smart filters is here. We have whatever is at the bottom is considered to be applied first, and then whatever's on top is applied after. Well, I could drag this, I believe, to change the order, and now that's gonna change The appearance of the image because now M boss was applied first in then Ghazi and learned All I did was click on one of these and dragged them like that to change their order, although it seems to like it better when I dragged down. And so if you have a large stack of various filters applied, you can't experiment by moving them up and down in that stack. Finally, towards the right, you're gonna find a little icon over here. It's supposed to look like little sliders that you could use. And if you go to that icon and you double click on it, then each one of those filters have applied can have its own blending mode, and you can lower the opacity, the lesson, its effect. So we have an entire lesson on blending modes. That's part of the complete guide. And in that session you would have learned that there's a set of blending modes where 50% gray goes away and the embossed filter is a filter that gives you a lot of 50%. Great. Look at this result, lots of gray. Well, if you change this menu to one of the choices found in here, then that 50% gray could go away. And you still get the overall look of the filter, though. And then if it's too strong, you could lower the opacity. Click. OK, so the way I got to that is in the layers panel. Ah, you need to have a layer that's been converted to a smart object. Remember, I converted it to a smart object under the filter menu, and it just said, Convert for smart filters. And that's what added this little icon to it. It's only if I've added that little icon that when I apply filters, they'll show up is a list down here. If it's not a smart object, then you don't see this list. I double click on the name of any one of these to get to the settings for it, and I double click over here on one of these to get a blending mode choice. And if you try to edit the one that's underneath, if you have more than one, it's gonna tell you that, um, it's going to have to hide some of the you know any filters that are applied above that while you're changing the settings and so I'm gonna come in here and just do, Ah, a bloody more. That'll make this look a little different. Just my results. There we go. Now we have looking quite different. That's because I was able to use blending modes and opacity. Uh, so that's how I generally work with filters. I end up converting most of the time to a smart object first, because then I can experiment as much as I want with filters. And if I decided, don't likely look at the end result. I only need to do is if I don't like the in boss, let's say is I can just drag it to the trash, just drag it down here in the trash can and that will go away. And I decided I didn't like that. Maybe use a different filter where I can click on the word smart filters, and I believe I can drag that to the trash, delete all of them, choose undo a few times, and once you have filters applying, the last thing you can do is in your layers panel. Over on the right side will be a little triangle or up pointing arrow, and if you click that you'll collapse things down to keep it nice and clean looking. But these two little circles here indicate you have a smart filter applied, and so you could expand it to see what's there. So now let's try to take a look at some of the effects we can create using filters. I'm gonna revert this image back to its original, get rid of all the weird stuff we've done to it and let's see about filters I might want to apply.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Lessons 1 - 6 - Handbook 1: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Lessons 7 - 12 - Handbook 2: How to Use Camera Raw
Lessons 13 - 18 - Handbook 3: Making Selections
Lessons 19 - 24 - Handbook 4: Using Layers
Lessons 25 - 30 - Handbook 5: Using Layer Masks
Lessons 31 - 38 - Handbook 6: Using Adjustment Layers
Lessons 39 - 44 - Handbook 7: Color Theory
Lessons 45 - 51 - Handbook 8: Retouching Essentials
Lessons 52 - 59 - Handbook 9: Tools Panel
Lessons 60 - 64 - Handbook 10: Layer Blending Modes
Lessons 65 - 70 - Handbook 11: How to Use Filters
Lessons 71 - 74 - Handbook 12: Advanced Masks
Lessons 75 - 81 - Handbook 13: Using Smart Objects
Lessons 82 - 86 - Handbook 14: Photography for Photoshop
Lessons 87 - 93 - Handbook 15: Advanced Photo Retouching
Lessons 94 - 98 - Handbook 16: Warp, Blend, Liquify
Lessons 99 - 105 - Handbook 17: Advanced Layers
Lessons 106 - 112 - Handbook 18: Actions
Lessons 113 - 117 - Handbook 19: Troubleshooting Issues
Practice Images 1: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Practice Images 2: How to Use Camera Raw
Practice Images 3: Making Selections
Practice Images 4: Using Layers
Practice Images 5: Using Layer Masks
Practice Images 6: Using Adjustment Layers
Practice Images 7: Color Theory
Practice Images 8: Retouching Essentials
Practice Images 9: Tools Panel
Practice Images 10: Layer Blending Modes
Practice Images 11: How to Use Filters
Practice Images 12: Advanced Masks
Practice Images 13: Using Smart Objects
Practice Images 14: Photography for Photoshop
Practice Images 15: Advanced Photo Retouching
Practice Images 16: Warp, Blend, Liquify
Practice Images 17: Advanced Layers
Practice Images 18: Actions
Practice Images 19: Troubleshooting Issues

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