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Applying filters

To conclude the project, you'll apply different styles of filters to the remaining pears. Because there are so many different filters for creating special effects, the best way to learn about them is to try out different filters and filter options. ImageReady supports the same filters included with Photoshop.

In the Layers palette, select Background.

Select the zoom tool ( ), hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS), and click the middle of the image to zoom out.

Using the rectangular marquee tool ( ), click the lower left corner of the image to draw a selection border of the pears. The selection border matches the size of the last border you drew.

Choose Filter > Brush Strokes > Crosshatch. Adjust the settings as desired, using the Preview window to see the effect. Click OK.

Previewing and applying filters

To use a filter, choose the appropriate submenu command from the Filter menu. These guidelines can help you in choosing filters:

  • The last filter chosen appears at the top of the menu.

  • Filters are applied to the active, visible layer.

  • Filters cannot be applied to Bitmap-mode or indexed-color images.

  • Some filters only work on RGB images.

  • Some filters are processed entirely in RAM.

  • Gaussian Blur, Add Noise, Median, Unsharp Mask, High Pass, Dust & Scratches, and Gradient Map filters can be used with 16-bit-per-channel images.

    —From Adobe Photoshop 6.0 online Help


To save time when trying various filters, experiment on a small, representative part of your image or a low-resolution copy.

You can fade the effect of a filter or of a color adjustment using the Fade command. The mode determines how the modified pixels in the selection appear in relation to the original pixels. The blending modes in the Fade dialog box are a subset of those available in the painting and editing tools Options palette.

Using filter shortcuts

Try any of these techniques to help save time when working with filters:

  • To cancel a filter as it is being applied, press Esc or Command-(.) (period) (Mac OS).

  • To undo a filter, press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Mac OS).

  • To reapply the most recently used filter with its last values, press Ctrl+F (Windows) or Command+F (Mac OS).

  • To display the dialog box for the last filter you applied, press Ctrl+Alt+F (Windows) or Command+Option+F (Mac OS).

Choose Edit > Fade Crosshatch to fade the filter effect. For mode, choose Multiply. Set the Opacity to 50%, and click OK.

Crosshatch filter applied

Fade command applied


Using the rectangular marquee tool, click the middle set of pears in the bottom row of the image to draw the fixed-size selection border. To adjust the position of the selection border, press the arrow keys to nudge it into place.

Choose Filter > Distort > Zigzag. For Amount, enter 4%; for Ridges, enter 9%; for style, select Pond Ripples. Click OK. The Zigzag filter distorts an image radially, creating ripples or ridges in an image.

Using the rectangular marquee tool, click to select the pears in the lower right corner of the bottom row.

Click the Default Colors icon to set the foreground and background colors to their defaults.

Choose Filter > Distort > Diffuse Glow. For Graininess, enter 6; for Glow Amount, enter 6; and for Clear Amount, enter 15. Click OK. This filter adds white noise, or pixels, in the same color as the background color to an image.

Choose File > Save; then close the file.



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