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Adobe Photoshop has undoubtedly proven to be one of the most efficient photos editing software. It has varied effects and features. However, due to its many customization options, Photoshop can feel a little overwhelming for people with zero or limited experience in photography and editing. However, with practice, you will become more relaxed and comfortable with Photoshop. Even with the wide range of available features that Photoshop has to offer, it can, at times, become redundant or monotonous. To help with that problem, there are some amazing Photoshop Filters that allow innovation in the editing process while they ease the editing process for beginners.

There are many Photoshop filters that one can benefit from. Some of them are free, and some of them charge a premium. However, both kinds are worth the value for money as they change the mood of your picture as per your liking in seconds. Some of the best Photoshop Filters that all designers can benefit from are mentioned below:

1. Old Photo:

old photo

There are two strong ways to create a sense of nostalgia in an image. One is using a sepia overlay; the other is targeting tones and moods of the photo to give it a nostalgic vibe. Old Photo is the ideal free Photoshop Filter for creating a nostalgic and vintage-looking feel to the images. It mainly adjusts the contrast and color aspects of the image to get the right feel. It adds a bit of a greenish-blue tint to the colder regions of the image.

2. Nightmare:

nightmare- Photoshop Filter

As the name suggests, this filter gives the pictures a haunted and dark effect. It is ideal for pictures that are clicked to showcase horror and creepiness in a picture. For instance, it is ideal for Halloween themed picture or a movie poster for a scary movie. It uses a lot of vignette and shadows to give the picture a right look.

3. HDR Tools:

HDR tools- Photoshop Filter

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It enhances the picture’s dynamic range in an aspect of Brightness.  This concept adjusts and compensates the light between the lightest and the darkest region of the photograph. HDR tools work similarly. It is a set of four actions that help transform any dull backgrounds for an attractive, detailed photograph. The natural grey tones can be turned to beautiful backgrounds to create a nice contrast with the foreground. This Photoshop filter adds depth and dynamic field to a dull image.

4. Vintage:

Vintage- Photoshop Filter

Vintage is a great Photoshop filter that not only adds a vintage tone to the image but also adds a unique neon effect. Hence it is ideal for images that are meant to convey a back to old times and groovy vibe. For instance, it is ideal for a college reunion poster, where the models can be wearing old fashioned clothes and have this neon effect on top of them.

5. Lithprint:

lithprint photoshop filter

This filter is a great Photoshop filter. It imitates the vintage look that is produced by a black and white lith printing process. However, as compared to other vignette effect filters, this one has more drama in it. It doesn’t only adjust contrast, highlights and shadows to the images; it also adds a gritty texture.

6. ON1 Effects:

This is a great Photoshop filter for easing the process of adding complex effects to an image. It has a wide range of filters for various looks. Some of the filters present in this effect pack are Vignette, HDR look and adjustable contrast. These filters can be used alone for a particular look or also layered on top of each other for more options and moods.

7. Dream Blur:

Dream Blur- Photoshop Filter

Dream Blur is a great filter for creating a subtle dream-like atmosphere. Adding this filter would darken the image, adding a blurry vignette effect around the edges, and increase the saturation level of the image. It is a very subtle yet effective filter that hits the right balance. It doesn’t look overly edited and yet creates the desired look.

8. Dramatic Sepia:

Dramatic Sepia- Photoshop Filter

Adobe Photoshop already has a dedicated filter called Sepia for the classic reddish-brown effect images.  However, Dramatic Sepia tends to do more of a better job when you want the image to have a sense of dynamic range and intensity. It is ideal for anyone who is trying to recreate a nostalgic moment or give the picture a retro era vibe.

9. Comic Oil:

Comic Oil

This is a great Photoshop Filter pack that converts any image into a comic book styled painting. 10 different variations can be easily applied with a single click.  The quality is high enough to be used in web and print media both. The filter comes with an instruction document for easing the process of installing and using. Each layer is editable and customizable.

10. Dessert Dust:

Dessert Dust

Dessert dust is an ideal Photoshop Filter for creating a dry and hot atmosphere in the pictures. It tones down the overall color saturation of any image and gives it a hazy effect. You can apply this filter to the whole image or apply to a specific region and mimic it on the rest of the wanted areas of the image.

11. Underwater Luxe:

underwater luxe- Photoshop filter

This is a great Photoshop filter for underwater photography. Generally, the cameras aren’t optimized for clicking great pictures underwater. They create images with a hazy overlay that reduces the details and sharpness of the image. Underwater Luxe helps to remove this haze, sharpens the image, and also warm-ups the skin tones by removing blue tones specifically from those regions. Such a filter is ideal for editing underwater portrait pictures.

12. Color Pop:

Color Pop

Color Pop is an ideal Photoshop filter for adding life to any washed-out images. It adds a certain contrast and pops to any image.  It enhances the image details and adds punchier effects. The image feels closer to life, and it increases the dynamic range of the image as well. It adds a bit of vignette on the edges of the photo and makes use of shadows as well the highlights. This is ideal for creating an emotional vibe image.

13. Bella:

Bella

Bella is a beautiful Photoshop filter that allows the user to add a certain warmth to their photographs. It brings out the rich tones in skin and hair, also softens the colors with a pink cast effect. The theme is ideal for any romantic, nostalgic feel effect. It softens the image a little, to create a dreamy and lovely effect.

14. 2 Strip Technicolor:

2 strip technicolor

There is nothing better than recreating a major era’s vibe using the 2-strip Technicolor Photoshop filter. It recreates the 2 strip Technicolor film that was popular during the 1920s and 1930s. It used a 2-strip Technicolor film exposed b&w film behind a red and a green filter. The filter merges the blue and green in different layers.

15. Portrait:

portrait

Portrait is a great portrait Photoshop filter that gives any portrait a retro vibe. It desaturates the colors to give the portrait shot a moody vignette look. The filter increases the sharpness and decreases the saturation to achieve this look. It is ideal for portrait photographs that need a bit of an old vibe. For instance, it is ideal for making a grid of cowboy pictures or horse race competitors list.

16. Bold B&W HDR:

bold b&w hdr

This is a great Photoshop filter for applying the HDR-inspired look to Black and White images. It certainly adds a whole new level of depth and dynamic range to a black and white photograph that looks aesthetically appealing. The attention to details and the correct balance between the whites and the blacks make this an interesting filter.

17. Infrared Photo Effect:

infrared

To achieve the right infrared photo effect, you often need to use an infrared film or lens. However, this Photoshop filter is the closest way to providing similar results, in post-production. It helps the user capture a surreal essence of false-colour infrared photography that looks out of the world. The filter is flexible and can turn any normal picture into an interesting one, by its application.

18. Duotone:

duotone

Duotone is a great Photoshop filter to give your photographs a different kind of look. It uses two tones of colors; however, the image still looks colorful. The filter is ideal for creating a rock and punk vibe. It is ideal for rock bands and fans alike. The filter can be used on a rock show invite, banner or website banner image.

There are many advantages of using a filter for editing images on Photoshop:

1. Saves Time:

By using Photoshop filters, you can save massive time in the editing process, as it allows you to have a great start by applying the filter with a single click. If other adjustments need to be made, they are still quick and easy to tweak around. The essential vibe that you want of the image would be set on applying the filter. This proves particularly useful when there are too many photographs to edit and less time.

2. Adds relevant context:

Each Photoshop filter available in the market is made to achieve a specific effect. Hence this makes the filter suitable for a particular niche, and if the brand that is using these filters knows their niche, they can quickly look for filters that complement their niche. This helps create an overall mood board for the brand that helps them connect to the right target audience.

3. Makes editing easier for all:

Generally, people perceive filters to be used by only amateurs who are starting in Photography and editing process. This isn’t true as filters are used by professional photographers and designers as well. These filters are created by people who have mastered the art of editing over the years. Hence it helps the beginners to achieve a professional look in no time. Also, it eases the process of professionals to edit bulk images in batches if they have the same niche or mood.

4. Gives more time for other activities:

If you are a photographer or editor by profession, then it makes sense that you might want to invest time to edit the pictures manually. However, for a business person or a startup that needs to focus on all aspects of business, using photo filters doesn’t only allow the user to edit the photographs with ease, it also gives them time to shift priority and focus on more critical aspects of the business.

5. Non-destructive editing:

This is a great feature that is known to have marked its presence in Adobe Lightroom and Darkroom. However, with filters, there are many filters created in a way to replicate this powerful benefit and implement it in Adobe Photoshop while using that filter. This helps the original image to remain untouched in case applying the filter or making adjustments goes wrong.

These were the 18 Best Photoshop Filters all designers should make use of. Using these filters would help enhance the image, repurpose the image and make all necessary changes to capture a mood of the image that matches the imperative mood of the business/brand. Make use of these filters and create the perfect look for your images.


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#Photoshop is arguably the most widely used, most popular and most powerful photo-editing software in the world. But can you imagine how did it look 30 years ago? Below, we’ll be exploring how Photoshop came to be what it is today.

PhotoShop Version History

In 1987, Thomas began writing a program to display grayscale images on a monochrome display. Display, as it was originally called, caught the attention of his brother John, who recommended turning it into a full-fledged image editing program. Together they developed ImagePro, which was bought by Adobe to create what we now know as Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop Version 0.63*Fact 1: Photoshop 0.63 was officially created on 2nd October 1988.

*Fact 2: Photoshop’s naming was initially based on version numbers, from version 0.07 (codename “Bond”)

The first version of Photoshop was commercially distributed after Thomas Knoll formed a partnership with the scanner company, Barneyscan. Barneyscan purchased 200 copies of Photoshop to ship along with their scanners. It might seem like a rather insubstantial event, but this was the first time image editing software was made available to the public.

Adobe Photoshop Version 0.87*Fact 1: Photoshop 0.87 only ran on a Macintosh. It wasn’t available for Windows until late-1992.

*Fact 2: Codename “Seurat” was the first commercial version, sold as “Barneyscan XP”

Photoshop 1.0 was officially released in February 1990 and was the first time the software was as a standalone product (rather than bundled with a Barneyscan scanner). It was also the first time the software was released commercially with the brand name Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop Version 1.0*Fact 1: Notable milestone features would be: Filters, Colour Separation, Virtual Memory (PhotoShop 1.0)

*Fact 2: The original source code for Adobe Photoshop 1.0 was donated to the Computer History Museum

*Fact 3: The list price of Photoshop 1.0 for Macintosh in 1990 was $895.

One of the most notable new features in Adobe Photoshop 2.0 was the Paths feature. This allowed users of the application to trim around an object and then save that ‘path’ for use in the future. It was added by the newly appointed engineer, Mark Hamburg.

Adobe Photoshop Version 2.0*Fact 1: ‘Fast Eddy’ was the developers codename for Adobe Photoshop 2.0.

*Fact 2: Adobe Photoshop 2.0 was still released exclusively as a Mac application.

*Fact 3: Photoshop 2.5 was one of the first application that was released for both Mac and Windows.

Adobe Photoshop 3.0 was released in September 1994 and November 1994 for Mac and Windows respectively. It was version 3.0 that brought one of the most important Photoshop features ever to the software: Layers.

Adobe Photoshop Version 3.0*Fact 1: Adobe Photoshop 3.0 was the first release in compact disc/floppy format.

*Fact 2: Layers is a historic feature and they are still used in today’s version of Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop 4.0 was released in November 1996 and brought two notable features; Actions and Adjustment Layers. Both of these features are still present in modern Photoshop and remain some of the most widely used additions ever.

Adobe Photoshop Version 4.0*Fact 1: Adobe Photoshop 4.0 was the last version to support Radius and SuperMac NuBus hardware acceleration.

Adobe Photoshop 5.0 was released in May 1998 for Mac and Windows simultaneously. It came with a number of new features including Editable Type, Multiple Undo and Color Management, another notable and extremely useful feature.

Adobe Photoshop Version 5.0*Fact 1: Adobe Photoshop 5.0 introduced Editable type to f previous type was rasterized as soon as it was added.

*Fact 2: Photoshop 5.5 featured the Extract filter, which allows to remove an image from background.

Photoshop 6.0 was a notable release that included a number of new features including Vector Shapes and the “Liquify” filter. Vector Shapes gave users the ability to simply draw vector shapes and create them into bitmap images. It was a feature that was applauded by Photoshop users.

Adobe Photoshop Version 6.0*Fact 1: Photoshop 6.0 come with an updated UI and gain applauses among designer users.

*Fact 2: ‘Venus in Furs’ was the developers codename for Adobe Photoshop 6.0.

As years comes, Adobe Photoshop was getting complicated due to the addition of new features. To overcome this problem, Adobe released Adobe Photoshop Elements in 2001. Adobe Photoshop Elements was an entirely new piece of software that incorporated many of the fundamental Photoshop features. The application featured a completely redesigned UI that was designed with Simplicity in mind.

Adobe Photoshop Version Elements*Fact 1: Adobe Photoshop Elements was sold at roughly a sixth of the cost of

the full-featured Adobe Photoshop software.

Version 7.0 introduced a number of useful features including the Healing Brush. It also introduced an upgrade to text which made all text fully vector. This allowed designers to resize their text with ease without losing any of the quality.

Adobe Photoshop Version 7.0*Fact 1: A patch (version 7.0.1) was released in August 2002 which added optional Camera RAW compatibility.

The first Photoshop CS was commercially released in October 2003 as the eighth major version of Photoshop. Photoshop CS increased user control with a reworked file browser augmenting search versatility, sorting and sharing capabilities and the Histogram Palette which monitors changes in the image as they are made to the document.

Adobe Photoshop Version CS*Fact 1: Match Color was also introduced in Adobe Photoshop CS, which reads color data

to achieve a uniform expression throughout a series of pictures.

Photoshop CS2, released in May 2005, expanded on its predecessor with a new set of tools and features. It included an upgraded Spot Healing Brush, which is mainly used for handling common photographic problems such as blemishes, red-eye, noise, blurring and lens distortion.

Adobe Photoshop Version CS2*Fact 1: Photoshop CS2 introduced Smart Objects, which allows users to scale and transform

images and vector illustrations without losing image quality.

With the release of Photoshop CS3 in 2007, speed was the major change. CS3 optimized changes with the tools. It made the navigation and usage of Photoshop faster and easier. Adobe Camera Raw and the Quick Selection Tool were also introduced.

Adobe Photoshop Version CS3*Fact 1: Adobe Photoshop CS3 launched much faster than CS2.

*Fact 2: ImageReady was also completely removed from this version of Photoshop.

In 2008, Adobe Photoshop CS4 features smoother panning and zooming, allowing faster image editing at a high magnification. The interface is more simplified with its tab-based interface making it cleaner to work with.

Adobe Photoshop Version CS4*Fact 1: Photoshop CS4 features a new 3D engine allowing the conversion of gradient maps to 3D objects.

*Fact 2: Improved Adobe Photoshop Lightroom workflow.

Photoshop CS5 was launched on April 12, 2010. In a video posted on its official Facebook page, the development team revealed the new technologies under development, including three-dimensional brushes and warping tools.

Adobe Photoshop Version CS5*Fact 1: Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 was released and offered subscription model pricing for the first time.

Adobe Photoshop CS6, released in May 2012, added new creative design tools and provided a redesigned interface with a focus on enhanced performance. New features have been added to the Content-Aware tool such as the Content-Aware Patch and Content-Aware Move.

Adobe Photoshop Version CS6*Fact 1: With version 13.1.3, Adobe Photoshop dropped support for Windows XP.

Adobe Photoshop CC (14.0) was launched on June 18, 2013. As the next major version after CS6, it is only available in a Creative Cloud subscription. Major features in this version include Smart Sharpen, Intelligent Upsampling, and Camera Shake Reduction for reducing blur caused by camera shake.

Adobe Photoshop Version CC*Fact 1: Adobe Photoshop CC was released almost 25 years after the creation of Photoshop 0.63.

Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 (15.0) was released on June 18, 2014. CC 2014 features improvements to content-aware tools, two new blur tools and a new focus mask feature that enables the user to select parts of an image based on whether they are in focus or not.

Adobe Photoshop Version CC 2014*Fact 1: Other minor improvements have been made, including speed increases for certain tasks.

Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 was released on June 15, 2015. Adobe added various creative features including Adobe Stock, which is a library of custom stock images. It also includes and have the ability to have more than one layer style.

Adobe Photoshop Version CC 2015*Fact 1: The updated UI as of 2015 delivers a cleaner and more consistent look throughout Photoshop.

Photoshop CC 2017 was released on November 2, 2016. It introduced a new template selector when creating new documents, the ability to search for tools, panels and help articles for Photoshop, support for SVG OpenType fonts and other small improvements.

Adobe Photoshop Version CC 2017*Fact 1: In December 2016, a minor update was released to include support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar.

Photoshop CC 2018 was released on October 18, 2017. It featured an overhaul to the brush organization system, allowing for more properties (such as color and opacity) to be saved per-brush and for brushes to be categorized in folders and sub-folders. It also added brush stroke smoothing.

Adobe Photoshop Version CC 2018*Fact 1: Over 1000 brushes created by Kyle T. Webster.

Photoshop CC 2019 was released on October 15, 2018. Beginning with Photoshop CC 2019 (version 20.0), the 32-bit version of Windows is no longer supported. This version Introduced a new tool called Frame Tool to create placeholder frames for images.

Adobe Photoshop Version CC 2019*Fact 1: Added multiple undo mode, auto-commitment, prevent accidental panel moves with lock work-space.

Photoshop 2020 was released on November 4, 2019. Version 21 has new and enhanced features like the Content Aware Fill Workspace to enable a person to choose pixels to use in ones’s fills using a new workspace, rotate, scale and mirror one’s source pixels.

Adobe Photoshop Version CC 2020*Fact 1: Photoshop 2020 was the first version where the iPad version was released.

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Have you just started using Adobe Photoshop? If yes, then these helpful tips are obviously for you. Adobe Photoshop is the foremost tool that people start to use when they are just stepping into the graphics designing field. Some people learn this tool to enhance their beautiful photos or to do some little tasks. There is a lot more you can do with Photoshop on an advanced level. Here are some essential Photoshop tricks for a beginner through which you will be able to use Photoshop effectively.

Spots Removing

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Suppose you click your picture, and your face is covered with blemishes that are ruining your photo. Don’t worry; Photoshop offers you a solution with the Spot Healing Brush Tool, which is located on the left sidebar.

  • Choose the tool from sidebar
  • Maintain the size of its brush accordingly
  • Move your cursor to your blemish or any other spot
  • Left-click once and let the magic happen

Cropping Image

Cropping is very common, and everybody knows- or at least should how to do it. In Photoshop, it is even easier to crop images as per your needs. Navigate to the crop tool present on the left sidebar. It will automatically give you the crop controls. Just drag the tool to crop the image accordingly, and that’s all. It is simple but one of the best photoshop tricks.

More Layers

When you drag an image from your computer to Photoshop. It only contains one layer. You can add more layers to the same image to apply filters and do more with it. To achieve this, select the image and on the top menu bar, select layer, and click on the duplicate layer option.

Pen Tool

The pen tool is magical. Beginners use it as well as advanced Photoshop users. You can select Pen Tool from the left sidebar. Use the tool to mark any object in the image. After selecting the object. Just press ctrl j from your keyboard and your object will be separated from the background.

Camera Raw Filter

Camera Raw filter works great for the color grading of your pictures. It consists of many options like saturation, brightness, and exposure options, which can easily make your dull picture bright.

Adding Text to Images

Text can give meaning to your image, especially if it is written in a beautiful font. There are thousands of fonts available online to download. You can utilize those fonts to add text into your images by clicking the text tool in the left bar. You can change text colors, and if you want to go a little bit advanced, you can add shadow and play with other text options.

Layer masks

Layer masks are useful to specify the area in an image, where you can change brightness, contrast, etc. for that specific masked area. It can be used wisely to get into advanced Photoshop techniques.

Removing objects from images

We talked about pen-tool above, but there are other easy selection tools available as well. You can use those tools to remove any selected object from your image. These tools include the Quick Selection Tool and Lasso tool.

Eye-dropper tool

If you are having difficulty in guessing the color of anything present in your image. Then you can select the eye-dropper tool from the left menu and click on the object whose color you want to select. Eyedropper will choose the exact matched color, which you can later use to write text on images or using a paintbrush.

Custom Shape tool

This tool is fun. A custom shape tool is used to draw many shapes just by selecting it and dragging it on your image. The shapes can be resized, and you can fill color in those shapes as well.

Magic wand tool

Magic wand tool works like magic. You have to select the magic wand tool from the left menu. Now click anywhere on the image where you want to make a selection. On your single click, Photoshop will automatically make a selection for you. Magic wand tool is effective for simple shapes.

Dodge tool

If you want your images to be lightened up, especially if your face is looking dull. You can use the Dodge tool to light the pixels of your image, which will give a better look to it.

Blur tool

The blur tool is another small but useful tool that can be utilized to make a strong blur effect on an object. You can use the smooth Blur tool to hide blemishes on your face with un-noticeable blur effects.

Filter Gallery

Filter gallery can be located from the Filter menu present in the top bar. There you will find a lot of filters that will change the look and colors of your pictures. You can play with those filters to choose the best for you. These filters include oil painting, sketch, and many other amazing filters.

Hand tool

The hand tool is just used to easily move through your image. You can choose the hand tool from the tools menu. Just long-press the left click mouse button and move your mouse to use the hand tool. You can also hold the spacebar and move your mouse to do the same. This type of photoshop tricks can improve the quality of your work.

Smudge tool

Smudge tool gives you a finger paint type effect on your image. The smudge tool stretches the colors present on your image.

Fun-tip: You can use the smudge tool on your hair to change its shape and to make it look longer.

Magic Eraser

The Magic eraser works like a magic wand tool, but instead of making a selection, the magic eraser erases that part of the image. Click on the part you want to erase by using the magic eraser tool, and it will automatically detect and erase the same colored part. It is one of the best photoshop tricks for beginners.

Blending Options

Blending options are great to play with your image or text to drop shadow, stroke, texture, and outer glow on your image. You can access blending options by right-clicking on a layer, and from there, choose the “Blending options” on the top. 

Gradient options

Gradient effects look great. To make a gradient effect, you can choose the gradient tool from the left toolbar and draw on your image with the selected colored patch. You can try out different gradients to choose the best for yourself.

Different file formats

There are many file formats in which you can save your image. You mostly save it in JPEG or PNG, but if you save your image file in PSD format, then it will be editable at any time you want in the future. Other file formats are also available there for some particular purpose.

These Photoshop tricks will help you use the tool better.

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