For this tutorial we’re going to be introducing you to 5 of the coolest Photoshop filters, and teaching you how to apply them on your photos! Make sure to stay tuned, because at the very end, we’re going to introduce you to an alternative method that’s easier to use and offers tons of more effects!
When it comes to editing images, Photoshop definitely offers the most when it comes to versatility. However, it can get a bit troubling to apply said effects. They don’t have any preset filters made available, so you either have to buy some from their store or scour the internet for something that would work for your purpose. It’s a very difficult process, but we managed to condense it down to a couple of steps for you down below!
In order to begin, you will have to launch the program. That can be done with a simple “double-click” on the desktop shortcut. After that, you should be introduced to this screen (refer to the image down below.) To get started, click on the “Open…” text button on the left-hand side of the screen.
When clicking on the “Open…” text button , a windows/mac popup that will ask you to choose the image that you want to edit. Importing said image will bring you to the main editor!
You can download or purchase presets on the Photoshop store, but if you want to use the filters we offer down below, then make sure to remember the following process!
Doing this will bring you to the next screen!
This is where you can import the presets that you want to use. To do this properly, you will have to follow the steps as listed down below:
The next thing left to do, is to load your actions. This can be done by clicking on the “=” button on the upper right-hand corner of your “Actions” module and selecting the “Load Actions…” option from the drop-down menu.
To apply the action to the image, all you have to do is highlight the filter that you want to use and click on the “play” button on the bottom of the Action module. This should automatically apply said filter for you! That’s all there is to it! Check out the next part for cool photoshop effects that you can try!
For this section, we’re going to introduce you to a couple of FREE cool photoshop effects that you can try out on your Photos! To use these, just download them and follow the instructions we laid out at the start!
Retro look is from Spoongraphics! It’s a 10 piece set, this one is called “Steampunk” look, which gives the image a sharp but fluid metallic green overlay! Perhaps the flowers that we chose aren’t the greatest application for this filter, but it looks cool nonetheless!
Another cool photoshop effect, one to contrast the previous one we introduced, is the vintage series by Beckasweird! These are perfect for the more femme fatale kind of images. It’s very remiscent of the old times, when colored television was just beginning to be popularized. It’s also very hip these days! A lot of the kids enjoy the vintage-aesthetic.
This effect, from Comicidiot, is definitely a lot cooler than the others. It offers a set of two-tone, infrared filters that you can use to dramatically change the colors of your images! It’s good for simple aesthetics that require pops of colors.
This dark looking effect is very popular these days. A lot of millennials use these kinds of effects to make their photos aesthetically pleasing — in the darker sense of course! Some of these can be quite dramatic, which glitch-like effects. Whilst others are more subdued and creepy, like the one from Jonasfan93, down below!
The effect is perhaps a bit dramatic here, but with this filter from Bati1975, you can turn any image to a pencil sketch! It’s a good way of cutting the usual smooth lines. Add a little smudge in your crisp HD images with this cool photoshop effect!
Now, as promised, we’re going to introduce you to an easier way of applying cool effects on your photos! This will be demonstrated using a product called Fotophire Editing Toolkit. This is a graphics editor that comes in a set of different editing tools that you can use to edit, crop, add filters and effects, etc. All in an easy-to-understand manner!
Our first step requires you to launch the Fotophire Photo Editor. Just click on the general area of the “Photo Editor” box (the one furthest to the left), in order to do this! It should really only take a couple of seconds.
Next, click on the white “Open…” text on the left-hand side of the screen. This will prompt you to choose an image that you would like to edit.
Much like our Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to be editing this image of a vase of colorful flowers. Click on the beaker-like “EFFECTS” tab (highlighted blue in the image below, to get started.
Tip: If you ever need to change your image back into its original version, click on the “Original” box. That will erase any changes you’ve made!
Unlike Photoshop, all you really have to do is click on the effect that you want to use. These will be previewed on the right-hand side of the screen (as shown in the image below.) As an example, we’re going to show you a couple of the filters that you can use.
Popular “Blue Summer”: Despite the name, the filter gives an old-timey look that’s reminiscent of vintage photographs. It uses a cool yellow overtone (which is very unique, because yellow is more known for as a warm color.)
Lomo “Aged”: Under the Lomo tab, is a very dramatic effect called “Aged.” We’re using it here to show you the versatility of the Fotophire editor. It offers extreme and in-the-middle filters that you’ll come to love.
Black & White “Capa”: Now, if you’re looking for something a little more classic, then you might be interested in the “Capa” filter. This is a very mid-level black and white contrast. You see a lot of smooth neutral grays, and then a cool pop of pure white and almost black here and there!
Vintage “Exhausted”: I’m quite fond of Vintage series that the Fotophire offers. It’s very sweet and soft, almost dreamy! Vintage aesthetics are really popular these days. Which makes total sense to me! It’s very pleasing to the eye.
When it comes to editing your images, it’s nice to have a lot of options (which Photoshop undoubtedly has.) However, it’s also very time-consuming to use products like Photoshop. It can end up costing a lot too (most filters and addons are expensive.) With alternatives like Fotophire, you can expect to get your work done quickly and easily, making it a much more helpful option.