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Filter Forge Tutorials

These tutorials will help you better understand the inner workings of Filter Forge and make creative textures and effects. Feel free to re-publish them on your website.

Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Painting

This tutorial will show how to turn a usual photo into a watercolor painting, quickly and simply. Tools used: Adobe Photoshop with the Filter Forge plug-in and a photo I've personally taken.

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Tuts+ Favorite Filter Forge Tutorials

Tuts+ Favorite Filter Forge Tutorials

In this tutorial series Tuts+ authors explain how Filter Forge works in detail – from the basic features for new users to advanced techniques. Let's get started!

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Old Photo

Aging photos – quick and simple

Numerous tutorials on the Internet describe various ways to age a photo. I would like to offer another one, using Photoshop with Filter Forge plugin. This tutorial doesn't use ready-made textures and brushes.

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Golden/chrome text effect

Golden/chrome text effect

This tutorial will help you to create a chrome text effect. Okay, there are a lot of similar tutorials with similar results on the Internet, but this one is quite easy and detailed. So, good luck! Caution: your logo may be renewed very soon after watching this tutorial.

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Basic Export for 3D

Basic Export for 3D

This tutorial demonstrates creating a texture in Filter Forge for use in 3D modeling. It explains how to make a quick surface filter and export a diffuse, a bump, and a normal map so they can be combined in Maya.

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How Rusting Tech Wall was Constructed

How Rusting Tech Wall was Constructed

In this not-so-much of a tutorial, we'll take a look at how one of the filters I made some time ago called Rusting Tech Wall was constructed in hopes to give you a glimpse at some of the techniques I use add depth and detail into one filter. This video does not show how you would go about making specific textures, but it shows you some of the ideas behind creating a filter and what goes into it.

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Create a Basic Cartoon Filter

Create a Basic Cartoon Filter. Episode 01

An expert filter maker shown how to create a simple effect filter, giving detailed nformation on how to use the Filter Editor.

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Adding More to the Cartoon Filter

Adding More to the Cartoon Filter. Episode 02

The second episode takes the cartoon effect that was made in "Create a Basic Cartoon Filter. Episode 01" tutorial and adds a bit more to it. The techniques covered in this episode are very useful for adding details.

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Engraving effect

Engraving effect

This video demonstrates extracting layers from an image based on gray scale and creating brush strokes to specific areas.

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Picason effect

Picason effect

This tutorial emloys a creative image distortion using the Picason filter in Filter Forge.

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Outline

Outline

Another Geekatplay tutorial shows how to use edge dectection to create an outline from an image.

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Bokeh photo effect

Bokeh photo effect

This video demontrates the insides of the Geekatplay Bokeh filter.

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Tilt and Shift lense effect

Tilt and Shift lense effect

This effect imitates the shallow depth of field in a photo to simulate a miniature scene.

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Old roses

Old roses

Applying filters to image.

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Creating FotoFilter in Filter editor

Creating FotoFilter in Filter editor

This tutorial demonstrates how to create a photo adjustment workflow in the Filter Editor.

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Nebula filter, stars layer

Nebula filter, stars layer

The first tutorial in the set shows how to create a starry sky.

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Nebula filter, cloud layer

Nebula filter, cloud layer

The second tutorial in the set shows creating nebula clouds with custom controls on the starry sky prepared on the first part.

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Morning star, Render and postwork

Morning star, Render and postwork

You will learn how to render a star in Vue, touch up with Photoshop, and apply a watercolor filter in Filter Forge.

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Generating a Seamlessly Tiled Texture in Filter Forge for Montaging with Photoshop

Generating a Seamlessly Tiled Texture in Filter Forge for Montaging with Photoshop

This tutorial shows you how to generate small files in Filter Forge and then use Photoshop's Pattern Fill feature to seamlessly tile the textures. We'll go through this process from start to finish and we'll even ice the cake by adding a Filter Forge-generated film frame and watercolor border to the completed montage.

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Filter Forge Old Drawing Blend Effect

Filter Forge Old Drawing Blend Effect

We'll transform a photograph into an old drawing, then use Photoshop to organically restore color to just one part.

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Fading a Photo Into a Crosshatch Drawing

Fading a Photo Into a Crosshatch Drawing

This tutorial by Mark Johnson demonstrates the fading of the train image into a drawing using the drawing and painting effects in Filter Forge.

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Star Trails Without Sleep Deprivation

Star Trails Without Sleep Deprivation

Mark Johnson shows how to generate a starry sky in Filter Forge and then produce spiraling star trails using Photoshop and a Russell Brown action.

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Generating a Distressed Mask with Filter Forge and Photoshop

Generating a Distressed Mask with Filter Forge and Photoshop

This video tutorial by Mark Johnson of www.msjphotography.com shows how to add a distressed image to a mask in order to randomize the way the host layer interacts with the layer below using a Filter Forge filter.

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St. Valentine's Special: Awesome Heart Frame

St. Valentine's Special: Making an Awesome Heart Frame

This tutorial shows a quick and easy way to make hilarious frames around a photo. Instead of drawing the frame by hand which would be too long and tedious, we'll use the Filter Forge plug-in that will make the frame automatically.

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Learning Filter Forge. Episode 1: The Basics

Learning Filter Forge. Episode 1: The Basics

This video tutorial made by www.digitalshowcase.org demonstrates the basic features of Filter Forge for new users: how to download Filter Forge, download a filter, edit the filter presets, use HDRI, render bump maps and open the Filter Editor.

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Create an Elegant Technicolor Effect in Photoshop with Filter Forge

Create an Elegant Technicolor Effect in Photoshop with Filter Forge

This tutorial will show you how to create a simple additive two color Technicolor filter for Photoshop using Filter Forge plugin. Filter Forge is a fantastic tool to create your own Photoshop filters in a visual node-based environment.

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Old Photo

WindLight: Make a water normal map with Filter Forge

This video tutorial by Torley demonstrates the process of using Filter Forge to create a normal map from a water texture.

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Creating a Wet and Muddy Rocks Texture

Creating a Wet and Muddy Rocks Texture with Filter Forge

This tutorial will show you how to create a simple additive two color Technicolor filter for Photoshop using Filter Forge plugin. Filter Forge is a fantastic tool to create your own Photoshop filters without writing a single line of code or know how to program in any language.

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Make Awesome Textures with Filter Forge

Make Awesome Textures with Filter Forge

This video tutorial thoroughly explains how to use Filter Forge to make magnificent textures – from the very basics to advanced techniques.

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Distortion Effect

Dollars Down the Drain in Photoshop

Create this dizzying 'dollars-going-down-the-drain' graphic using as much as a simple scan of a US dollar bill, three Filter Forge effects and Photoshop.

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This is really a fantastic piece of software, I highly recommend everyone checking it out if you're into pattern/texture map creation.

Neil Blevins
Technical Director
Feature Films
www.neilblevins.com

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