Advanced Editing

Filter effects

Written by Gail Bjork

Filters are part of many image editing programs that allow you to easily add artistic and other useful effects to digital images.

No effects appliedArtistic and other creative effects can be applied to all or parts of a digital image using filters. Filters are part of many image editing programs.

Filters effects can make a photo look like a water color, oil painting or pencil sketch. Add a canvas, burlap or other textured background if desired. There are filters to blur, sharpen, distort and add or remove noise.

By applying a filters the color of an image can be changed into a single one, converted to black and white or a sepia tone. The possibilities for adding and varying creative filter effects are virtually endless.

To change the intensity of a filter, some programs let you “fade” the effect directly after it is applied. If you use layers, the transparency of the layer where the filter was applied can be reduced.

If you don’t have a photo editing program that has filter effects, try a free program such as PhotoFiltre or Picnik. What follows are a few sample filters applied to the original image above.

Posterize

Posterize

Night effect

Night effect

Watercolor

Watercolor

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.