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Part 13. Special Effects > Task 12 How to Brush In a Filter Effect

Task 12 How to Brush In a Filter Effect

Instead of applying an effect to an entire image or to a selected area, you can opt to “brush in” an effect using the History brush. You have absolute control with respect to the brush size and the opacity of the effect and can create great effects using any of the built-in and plug-in filters available with Photoshop.

1.
Open the File

Choose File, Open and select the file you want to modify.

2.
Apply a Filter

Apply any of Photoshop's filters to create a desired effect. In this example, we applied the Graphic Pen filter to the image.

3.
Open the History Palette

Choose Window, History to open the History palette. Click the snapshot at the top of the palette to revert the image to its previous state. The state reflecting the filter application is still in the History palette but is grayed out. When you start with the History “snapshot,” you have something (an effect) to brush back into the photograph.

4.
Set the History Source

Click in the column to the left of the filter state you applied in Step 2 to set the History brush source for the filter effect. In this example, we are setting the History brush so that it will paint in the Graphic Pen filter.

5.
Set History Brush Options

In the Options bar, set the Opacity as desired and choose a brush size from the Brushes section.

6.
Paint the Effect

Move the cursor into the image and paint with the History brush to selectively brush in the filter effect. In this example, we paint the Graphic Pen filter over the background to give it a more textured appearance.


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