Types of Adobe Photoshop Filters

by Contributing Writer ; Updated September 28, 2017

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful graphics tool that allows users to create unique images with ease. Using filters is one of the easiest yet most powerful functions of this dynamic application. Filters allow users to manipulate images with the click of a mouse.

Artistic Filters

This set of filters includes colored pencil, paint daubs, smudge stick, watercolor, cutout and underpainting. Using one of these filters will make your image look like it was created by an artist.

Distort Filters

Another set of filters lets you distort your image in creative ways. The distort filters include ocean ripple, glass, spherize, twirl, wave and zigzag.

Texture Filters

One of the more popular sets of filters in Photoshop is the texture group. It allows you to manipulate your image by adding textures to it, including grain, stained glass and patchwork.

Stylize Filters

Another popular set of filters is called the "stylize" group. It allows users to stylize their image by embossing, diffusing, extruding, solarizing, finding the edges and a few other distinct options.

Sketch Filters

The sketch group of filters makes your image appear to be created by an artist. It includes chalk, charcoal, graphic pen, plaster, stamp and water paper.

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