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Photoshop CS2: Filters

The “Other” filter included at the bottom of Photoshop’s Filter list presents a mystery – just what is “Other,” and what does it do? In this tutorial, Linda demystifies the Other Filter through a series of steps that show how to brighten pixels in relation to surrounding values, how to sharpen images without noise, how to mask quickly, and how to relocate and shift a selection – all through the “Other” filter.

 

“Other” Filter Possibilities

The “Other” filter is an odd name for a filter, as it doesn’t describe the full capabilities hidden within this tool. You can create special effects, save time on tasks that might be accomplished through other Photoshop tools, and alter your images quickly with some surprising special effects. In other words, if you have an image that you think is dull or unsalvageable, put it through some of the Other Filter options to see what happens. You might develop an image that is suitable for any number of projects.

For the first part of this tutorial on the “Other” filter, I’ll use the rather boring image below, which is also included as a download with this article (“flowers.psd”):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: All the equations within this article were used on 300 ppi images. When you open the downloaded files, change the resolution from 72 ppi to 300 ppi to follow along (Image > Image Size > Change Resolution from 72 to 300 > click OK).

 

Linda Goin

Linda GoinLinda Goin carries an A.A. in graphic design, a B.F.A. in visual communications with a minor in business and marketing and an M.A. in American History with a minor in the Reformation. While the latter degree doesn't seem to fit with the first two educational experiences, Linda used her 25-year design expertise on archaeological digs and in the study of material culture. Now she uses her education and experiences in social media experiments.

Accolades for her work include fifteen first-place Colorado Press Association awards, numerous fine art and graphic design awards, and interviews about content development with The Wall St. Journal, Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, and L.A. Times.

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