How to Use Photo Filters in Photoshop

How to Use Photo Filters in Photoshop

Photoshop is an amazing tool. From editing photos to creating beautiful logos, its a must-have for any media related job. Unfortunately, the user interface is quite intimidating to first-time users. With thousands of tools and features, Photoshop is a goldmine for those who know how to use it. If you’re aiming to become a Photoshop expert, you’ll have to start somewhere. I’d recommend finding an image with some detail and color to play with, because experimenting with the tools will gain you some familiarity with the software. In this article, I’ll be touching on using photo filters. If you’re an Instagram fan, this is the next level.

Grab Your Image, Let’s Get Started


Random  Image

Random Image

I’ll be using the landscape above for this tutorial. You probably have your own, but the steps are the same (don’t worry). Open up your image in Photoshop by going to File > Open.

File > Open in Photoshop

File > Open in Photoshop

Once opened, you’ll notice its been added to a locked background layer. Double click the lock icon to create a workable layer.

Unlocking the background in Photoshop

Unlocking the background in Photoshop

Once unlocked, you’re ready to start applying filters. Head over to the Image tab, Adjustments, then click Photo Filter.

Adding a photo filter in Photoshop

Adding a photo filter in Photoshop

You’ll be presented with a popup. There are several options available, depending on the changes you’re looking for.

Photo filter popup in Photoshop

Photo filter popup in Photoshop

You have two basic options under the “Use” category. Basically, Photoshop provides preset filter colors (standards in photography) under the “Filter” option. These are your best bet to start with, if you’re experimenting. Check out the different options:

Filter presets in Photoshop

Filter presets in Photoshop

For this example, I’ll work with the “Yellow” filter. Once selected, you have a few additional adjustment options. Density, and Preserve Luminosity:

Additional options in photo filters

Additional options in photo filters

The density will adjust how strong the filter is applied. Sliding it to 100% will yield a much stronger yellow tone.

Density at 100% in photo filter settings

Density at 100% in photo filter settings

If you select Preserve Luminosity, the filter will preserve the highlights and emphasize brighter aspects of the photo.

Preserving luminosity in photo filter settings

Preserving luminosity in photo filter settings

You also have the option to play around with the presets, using the “Color” option. Click on the color square and adjust the filter manually.

Color options in photo filter settings

Color options in photo filter settings

That’s pretty much all there is to it. You can do some pretty neat stuff. Check out these:

Blue photo filter

Blue photo filter

Red photo filter

Red photo filter

Green photo filter

Green photo filter

Dark blue without luminosity

Dark blue without luminosity

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