Lesson 2


In this lesson, you'll apply the Poster Edges Filter from the Artisitic category to the Sunflower RIGHT layer and adjust the contrast and brightness of the layer.

Lesson:  Apply a Smart Filter (Artistic Filter) with the Filter Gallery

  1. Click Filter on the application bar, click Filter Gallery, then move and enlarge the image so that it is visible in the preview window (if necessary ).  The Filter Gallery displays thumbnails of each filter as you expand each category, so you can see a quick overview of what effects are available. [TIP:  The settings available for a filter in the Filter Gallery are the same as those in the individual dialog box that opens when you click the category name in the menu.]
  2. Click the triangle to the left of the Artistic folder, then click Poster Edges.
  3. Type 5 in the Edge Thickness text box.  The Edge Thickness determines the settings of the edges within the image.
  4. Type 5 in the Edge Intensity text box.  The Edge Intensity setting gives the edges more definition.
  5. Type 3 in the Posterization text box, then compare your dialog box to Figure 7.
    The Posterization setting controls the number of unique colors the filter will reproduce in the image.
  6. Click OK.

Summary:  Using the Filter Gallery, you applied the Poster Edges filter to the Sunflower RIGHT layer.  The far right sunflower now looks less realistic than the flowers next to it, and has poster effects.


Lesson:  Adjust the filter effect and modify the Smart Filter

  1. Click the Brightness/Contrast button on the Adjustments panel - the effect of the adjustment layer will be limited to the active layer
  2. Type 20 in the Brightness text box
  3. Type 15 in the Contrast text box
  4. Double-click the Filter Gallery effect under the Sunflower RIGHT layer on the Layers panel
  5. Click OK if a warning box opens - this warning box indicates that Smart Filters stacked on top of this filter will not preview while this filter is being edited and will be applied after committing the filter parameters
  6. Click Watercolor in the Artistic category, then click OK
  7. Save your work

Summary:  You adjusted the brightness and contrast of the Sunflower RIGHT layer and changed the existing filter type.