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Lesson 10. Creating Special Effects

Lesson 10. Creating Special Effects

The huge assortment of filters available for Adobe Photoshop lets you transform ordinary images into extraordinary digital artwork. You can select filters that simulate a traditional artistic medium—a watercolor, pastel, or sketched effect—or you can choose from filters that blur, bend, wrap, sharpen, or fragment images. In addition to using filters to alter images, you can use adjustment layers and painting modes to vary the look of your artwork.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to do the following:

  • Add a grid to an image to help you make precise selections.

  • Desaturate a selection without affecting the color in other parts of the image.

  • Paint on a layer above the artwork to color the underlying artwork without changing it permanently.

  • Choose colors that are safe to use on the Web.

  • Add an adjustment layer to make a color correction to a selection.

  • Apply filters to selections to create various effects.

This lesson will take about 30 minutes to complete. The lesson is designed to be done in Adobe Photoshop, but information on using similar functionality in Adobe ImageReady is included where appropriate.

If needed, remove the previous lesson folder from your hard drive, and copy the Lesson 10 folder onto it. As you work on this lesson, you'll overwrite the start files. If you need to restore the start files, copy them from the Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book CD.


Windows users need to unlock the lesson files before using them. For more information, see "Copying the Classroom in a Book files".



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