Fun with Photoshop Filters

by Allisa Carter on August 3, 2012

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I love the look of water­color paint­ings, but I can’t paint. My three-​​year-​​old paints bet­ter than I do. Until recently I have just sadly accepted this fact. Then I real­ized that with a lit­tle help from Adobe Photoshop, I can turn any pho­to­graph into what looks like a water­color paint­ing. The image above was a pretty pho­to­graph of a flower, but with the appli­ca­tion of a quick Photoshop fil­ter I think it makes a much nicer water­color image. Not fond of water­col­ors? No prob­lem! Photoshop CS6 has more fil­ters than ever and they are so much fun to play around with. You can non­de­struc­tively try out your pho­to­graphic image as a char­coal draw­ing, or even as an oil painting.

The video2brain library has many titles that can show you how use Photoshop fil­ters to add cre­ative effects to your images. Some of my favorites include Tim Grey’s Photoshop Cre­ative Effects Work­shop, Kelly McCathran’s Adobe Photoshop CS6: Learn by Video, and of course Olaf Giermann’s Mas­ter­ing Adobe Photoshop Fil­ters: Learn by Video.

In this free video from Photoshop CS6: New Fea­tures Work­shop, check out Tim Grey tak­ing the new Photoshop CS6 Oil Paint fil­ter for a spin, and then give it a try on some of your own images. I promise it will erase all the artis­tic dis­ap­point­ment in your­self you’ve been secretly har­bor­ing for years.

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