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Part IV: Going Creative > Using the Artistic Filters

Hour 18. Using the Artistic Filters

One of my favorite activities in Photoshop, and now in Elements, is to turn some of my less spectacular photos into fine art. I am constantly surprised at the effects I can get by combining several filters, or by changing the order in which I apply them. The Artistic filters will enable you to mimic most of the available art media, from oil painting to neon tube sculpture. You can rescue a “bad” picture, or create a real masterpiece from a good one. More to the point, it’s fun. One of my sons once told me that he thought Photoshop was “the best video game ever.” And that was at least three versions back. He’s really going to like Elements.

Under the general heading of Artistic filters, I’ve chosen to also include the Brush Strokes, Pixelate, Sketch, and Stylize filters. Each category includes filters that mimic a specific art style or medium.


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