Experimenting with filters in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll experiment with several Photoshop filters. We will look at how you can create dynamics, depth, including two typographic effects using simple steps and filters. So let’s get started!

The final result:

Program: Photoshop CS6

Note: The author used paid materials. In the archive you will find an alternative version of the images to perform the lesson.

First filter: Blur

The first filter we consider is the Blur filter, which includes Motion blur (Motion blur), Radial blur (Radial Blur) and Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur). These filters are important tools in your toolbox. With these filters, you can create effects of movement, depth, including other various effects!

1. Creating a foggy text effect using the Blur in Motion filter

Filter Motion blur (Motion Blur) is used to add dynamics, and we, instead, use it to distort and create a fog-like text.

Step 1

Open the original image c mysterious forest in Photoshop.

Step 2

Next, using the font “Times New Roman”, type the text “The Forest” in capital letters in the center of the image. Change the blending mode for the text layer to Soft light (Soft Light).

Duplicate the text layer and then go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur). In the settings window of this filter, set Angle (Angle) at 90 degrees, and Bias (Distance) exactly as long as you see that the text begins to blur vertically. The offset parameter will depend on the size of your original image. Decrease Opacity (opacity) layer up to 50%.

Duplicate the layer you just applied the filter to. Motion blur (Motion blur) and then apply the filter again Motion blur (Motion blur). This will enhance the current effect and further blur the motion blur effect.

Repeat the action one more time.

Step 3

Now we will do the same, only this time we will install Angle (Angle) to “0”, so the motion blur will be horizontal. Again, the offset parameter will depend on the size of your original image.

Step 4

As final touches, we once again duplicate the first layer with the text, and then go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set a large blur radius. All we want to do is add a big but soft glow to our text.

Next, duplicate the text layer again. Place a duplicate text layer on the ground at the bottom of the image. Squeeze text with the tool Transformation (Transform Tool).

Now, to add a glow to the ground, once again go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set a large blur radius. Change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay).

Step 5

Create a new layer below all previous layers, but above the layer with the background. Using a large soft brush of dark pale green color (# 243a37), paint over the text in the center of the image with the forest. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). This is done so that it is convenient to read the text.

Finally, create a new layer below the layer you just created. Do the same, only this time use a light pale green tint (# a7e5dd) as the brush color, and also change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen).

2. Add dynamics using the Radial Blur filter

Filter Radial blur (Radial Blur) creates a more natural dynamic feel than a filter. Motion blur (Motion blur).

Step 1

Open the original image with feathers, select some feathers. Copy / paste selected feathers onto our image. Position the feathers behind the text, and also above the text, in the foreground, middle, and background.

To add a little depth, the feathers in the foreground should be slightly darker than the feathers at a distance.

Step 2

Next, with the tool Lasso (lasso tool) with average radius Feathering (Feather), (the radius of the feathering will depend on your original image, just make sure that there are no hard edges, this will be enough), first select the fluffy tips of the feathers that are located in the foreground.

Now we go Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter> Blur> Radial Blur) and in the settings window of this filter set Blur method (Blur Method) on Annular (Spin), Quality (Quality) The best (Best), but for Quantities (Amount) set the smallest value.
Again, the quantity parameter will depend on the size of your original image. If you do not like the result, just cancel the action and re-apply the filter with a different blur value! If you do not want to create something too extreme, then simply add the dynamics to the feathers that are located in the foreground. Next, do the same with the feathers, which are located on the middle ground. To do this, it is necessary to reduce the radius of feathering when selecting the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool), and also reduce the blur radius when using the filter Radial blur (Radial Blur filter).

3. Add depth using Gaussian Blur filter

My favorite filter is the filter. Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), which adds depth to the image. This filter helps give the elements of the scene a sense of dynamics and makes it incredibly easy.

Step one

Using tool Lasso (Lasso Tool), highlight the feathers in the foreground. Let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set a low blur radius. Again, the blur radius will depend on the size of your image. The radius should be such that it was enough to blur the small details, but it retained the overall shape of the pen.

Now highlight the feathers in the background to also add light to them. Gaussian blur (Gaussian blur).

Step 2

When working with a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), I often apply a slight external glow to objects that will be blurred to give objects more light and better align with the scene. Apply a layer style to the feather layer. External glow (Outer Glow). In the settings window of this layer style, set the blending mode Soft light (Soft Light), Opacity (Opacity) 50%, white, and the size (size) approximately 25 px (or more, depending on the size of your image).

Now add more feathers, duplicate the layer with feathers, flip horizontally and vertically. Remove individual feathers so that there is no repetition.

Finally, to add depth, with the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool), select the trees and ground in the background of your image.

And then we go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) to add a slight blur to the farthest plan of the image.

The second filter: Distortion and Plastic

Next, we will experiment with the filter capabilities. Distortion (Distort) and Plastics (Liquify).

Text on the surface of water ripples

We use a combination of two filters to create a more natural ripple effect. Although Photoshop has a separate filter Ripple (Ripple filter), it’s best to use it as a supplement to a more powerful tool. Plastics (Liquify).

Step 1

Open the original image with water ripples. In the center of the image, type your text, bold font, large size. I used the font “Sitka”.

Step 2

Rasterize the text layer, to do this, right-click on the text layer and in the appeared window select the option Rastrirovat text (Rasterize Type). Now select the tool Transformation (transform tool) to apply Perspective (Perspective). Spread the bottom anchor points of the text horizontally.

Step 3

Next, go Filter – Plastic (Filter> Liquify). You should see something similar, as in the screenshot below:

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Do not forget to put a tick in the box Advanced mode (Advanced Mode). You can turn on / off mode Extra options (Show Backdrop) if you need to see what the whole image will look like. Using a medium sized brush, slowly move the brush forward and back horizontally across the text. Try to distort the text to repeat the distortion / shape of water ripples.

Step 4

For additional combination of text with ripples, let’s go Filter – Distortion – Ripples (Filter> Distort> Ripple). Parameter amount (amount) will depend on the size of your original image, as well as the shape of ripples on your water surface. I just added a little ripple to my text. The size (Size) ripple should be set to option Average (Medium).

Step 5

To improve the alignment of text with water ripples, change the blending mode for the layer with text on Soft light (Soft Light).

Duplicate the text layer. Next, double click on the duplicate layer to make the window appear. Layer styles (Layer Style). Set the sliders for the parameter Overlay if (Blend If), as shown in the screenshot below or something like this. This will return a slight glow to our text.

Now duplicate this layer.

Step 6

To merge all the elements together, create a new layer and using a very large soft white brush, draw a bubble in the center of the image, change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light). Decrease Opacity (opacity) layer to about 40% -50%.

Create a new layer on top of the previous layer and with the help of the same brush, only on this one set the dark blue color of the brush (# 001528), paint the corners of the image. Finally, add a correction layer. Color search (Color Lookup), select the “Soft Warming” option, layer opacity is 50%, and then add another adjustment layer Color search (Color Lookup), set the parameter “Foggy Night” layer opacity to 85%.

And that is all! I wish you a wonderful time at work with filters that have unlimited possibilities! Share your work. = D

Final result

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