Artistic 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.