How to use filter effects on digital photography

How to use and understand special filter and effects on digital photography

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To beginners, in digital photography, the sheer variety of filter special effects sounds excited thing and intriguing but this can be confusing while others are afraid to use them. While many effects are just garnish and some produce completely pointless results as I've learned from trying almost each one. However, it is useful to know what are the effects available on most photography editing software or apps. You can see what some of the effects and filters I used to create a different look. Each one has o the best of my recognition what I used to make the look of the image alter. 

 

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As you get more experience and knowledge of the fundamental tools use for in search of a problem are useful. As you gain experience, you will discover that certain types of images work better with some filters than others. If you want try each one (if you know how to use it) and see the compares from the effects. The more you learn to realize that you can tell it makes no difference but at the same point it does make a huge difference on other images. 

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Remember that the application of a filter is not the end of the process but the beginning or medium step towards the final image process. When you apply a simple filter effect, the result is almost always a great improvement. Along with further adjustments of tone and color using Hue/Saturation, Levels, and/or Curves can even make an image incredibly beautiful and stunning. I use some filters and effects twice on the same image to get a result like you see in my portfolio.

 

Filter effects by class

 Art Materials  

Poster edges: The polarizes the image to simple tones and emphasizes the edges to produce an effect like that of felt-tip pens.

Watercolor: Depending on the settings,the Watermark filter can produce a subtle softening of outlines or effects accentuated effects. 

Colored Pencil: On strongly graphic or finely detailed subjects, the Colored Pencil filter can create attractive textures with soft color..

Artistic and Brush

Sumi-e: This imitation of Japanese brush technique is rather crurde, but the graphic quality is useful for accentuating shapes. 

Ink Outlines: This simulation of pen-and-ink technique can be effective on monochrome images with clear and simple outlines. 

Ink Outlines (Alt): When applied to an already abstract composition, ink-and-brush effects make an image even more abstract.

Artistic And Brushes  

Conte Crayon: Many art effects imitate not only the art tool but the typical paper and or substrate that it is applied on, such as laid paper.

Water Paper: 

Some filters imitate the effect of the image lying on a substrate, as if paper has been soaked in water. 

Stamp:   

An image transferred to a rubber stamp may look like a drawing distorted a little. You can vary the roughness and texture. 

 I used a paint effect then added a touch of the HDR filter effect. I think my vision I saw in this image was better in what I used.

I used a paint effect then added a touch of the HDR filter effect. I think my vision I saw in this image was better in what I used.

Distort

Ocean Ribble :

Distorting filters move pixels around without string changes in the tonal or color qualities of the image. 

Diffuse Glow: 

This filter operates like a Blur and Distort filter in one and has the additional effect of lightening the tone. 

Liquify: 

This is a tool I love and use in most of my work. Unlike other filters, you apply this one manually, so the effects can be as subtle or, as extreme as you like. 

 Polar Coordinates

This filter reads the usual Cartesian coordinates (x and y) of pixels as polar coordinates to create the distortion. Personally I don’t ever use this but it is possible that the editing app I use makes it different then others. 

Twirl: 

You can adjust the strength and direction pf this distortion to suit you. It works best with the simplest outlines. My top secret MacBook Apple app editing tool is different in that you use a mask that has 3 settings to that you can move the radius when it’s a circle or different vertical lines. And masking brush to use only on parts of the image. This is one I use to some of my pictures to make it look beautiful. 

 
 This flower had part of the sunlight in the lower right corner but the rest of the picture was colorful and vibrant. I decide to use twirl with liquify around the flower to had the flaw of the sunlight. This was a day that no matter what the sunlight was not the ideal day to capture many of the flowers I took.

This flower had part of the sunlight in the lower right corner but the rest of the picture was colorful and vibrant. I decide to use twirl with liquify around the flower to had the flaw of the sunlight. This was a day that no matter what the sunlight was not the ideal day to capture many of the flowers I took.

 

Spherize (Vertical): 

This filter maps the pixels as if they lay on a sphere that is flattened out. It can correct wide-angle projections  errors. 

ZigZag: 

This filter is very useful when compositing images with water as it quickly creates whet looks like a ripple in the reflection. 

Radial Blur: 

This filter is much used to create a sense of movement and frenetic activity. It works best when part of the image is sharp. 

 Box Blur:

While many blues are omnidirectional, some orient themselves along certain axes. This is imitated by this filter.  I don’t have this one or like almost all editing tools the names are slightly different.

 Pixelate

Color Halftone 

Pixelate filters break up the image into picture elements. This breaks the image up into four-color printing rosettes. The editing tool I have using this I don’t like or maybe I’m not using it right but I don’t like it.

Pointillize: 

Similar to an Art Effect filter, this imitates Pointillist techniques of building up the image from regular-sized dots.

Crystallize: 

Unlike other Pixelate filters, Crystallize does not introduce gaps between the picture elements.

STYLIZE

Extrude: 

Typical of many Stylize filters, Extrude combines several effects: distortion tonal effects and pixelation.

Solarize: 

This filter imitates a darkroom effect with partial tonal and color reversals, with little distortion. 

Glowing Edges: 

Tonal and color reversals combined with Finding Edges  and Blur result in a powerful package of effects.

Find Edges :

Ideal for immediately producing graphic effects, this filter simplifies tone and color by emphasizing edges. 

Emboss: 

This filter works by duplicating and offsetting the image, combined with tonal and high-pass effects. 

Trace Contour: 

An elaboration on the Find Edges filter, but producing more varied effects. 

 

TEXTURE 

Stained Glass:  

Similar in appearance to a pixelation effect, the results of this filter are best when it is used on a posterized image.  

Craquelure 

Imitating the cracking pattern of old oil paintings, this filter is also useful for producing leatherlike textures. 

Patchwork: 

Thos filter is useful if you already have a patchwork pattern and wish to create a texture over it. 

RENDER 

Difference Clouds: 

You can achieve the same effect applying the Clouds    filter on a duplicate layer, then blending to Difference,  but this is easier.

Lighting Effects: 

Triple Spotlight is one of the numberous effects obtainable from what is one of the most complicated of filters.  

Fibers: 

 I wanted a change of the color that every mountains have during the stormy weather and the reflection just seemed to try out the effect and see what it turned out like. I love it!

I wanted a change of the color that every mountains have during the stormy weather and the reflection just seemed to try out the effect and see what it turned out like. I love it!

The Fibers filter, together with Clouds,  is meant to be used in combination with a blend mode.

NOISE 

Add Noice  (Chromatic):

Adding a small amount of Noise can solve some printing problems. Personal I haven’t saw any difference when I used it comparing the before and after image.

Add Noise  (Monochromatic):

This filter shows a simulation of the appearance of luminance noise, but it would be less in brighter areas. 

Noice Ninja :

This is sophisticated plug-in that analyzes the image and adapts noise reduction according to image detail. 

Offset :

This filter offsets  part of the image to one side while wrapping the edge of the image in fill the format. 

High Pass :

This filter lets through high-frequency  data or fine detail but blocks coarse detail. It is useful for sharpening.

Custom: 

Unusual tonal effects are possible from designing your own filter, just by entering a few numbers into a grid. 

DxO FilmPack: 

DxO  provides excellent image-processing software, including special effects and distortion controls for raw and other formats. 

Knoll Light Factory: 

Using simple controls, a very wide range of lens-flare effects can be simulated with convincing results. 

Alien Skin Exposure: 

One the most useful plug-ins, Alien Skin Exposure offers one-click darkroom effects such as Sepia Mid  Band Spilt.

Galleries of my techniques as editing with special effects and filters

 This has a stormy could with dark orange and blue fir the clouds and I reduced the level of effect to just get enough of a look to have soft tones then I again used the paint feature. There are several different styles for painting look but I can't remember which one.

This has a stormy could with dark orange and blue fir the clouds and I reduced the level of effect to just get enough of a look to have soft tones then I again used the paint feature. There are several different styles for painting look but I can't remember which one.

I used multiple effects and filters to make this picture the way I saw it as more detail, texture, and sepia color

 

 Plain HDR effect used.

Plain HDR effect used.

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These are effects and filters I used which some of the my list has more filters and effects. A lot of different photo editors have different names for the ones I listed. There are a ton more.  I use editing apps that are free and are used for my Macbook Pro. Polarr and Photoscape X

Would you like know more about how to use these apps? Then you're in luck! I've been making videos each time I make my photos into different filters and effects. Coming Soon!