7. Applying Effects

Whether you’re aiming for realism or quite the opposite, you can create some amazing effects in Photoshop using filters, layer styles, blending modes, opacity settings, and the new Puppet Warp feature. Though this book isn’t long enough to detail every option, I hope there’s enough information here to inspire you to explore the possibilities. If you want detailed information about a particular filter, layer effect, or blending mode, check out the very helpful Photoshop Help.


There are so many kinds of filters—practical retouching filters, freaky distortion filters, sophisticated artistic filters—and the only thing they have in common is that they change the look of your image. When you apply a filter to a standard ...

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