Photoshop Filters

Updated: 07/31/2022 by Computer Hope
Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop Filters are digital effects used to modify images and selections to create effects, repair images, and move pixels.

Note

This page refers to the image filters that come with Adobe Photoshop CC desktop version. Some of these filters are also in the mobile version.

Photoshop Filters overview

Photoshop filters allow you to quickly change layer contents. These include simple effects, like sharpening or stylizing an image (adding a craquelure effect or glowing the edges). Some filters offer more advanced effects, such as applying a high-pass filter or offsetting the image pixels.

Filters affect the active layer or layer mask in the active selection. If there is no selection, the filter is applied to the entire layer or layer mask.

Photoshop Filter menu

Note

Filters do not work on Bitmap-mode or indexed-color images. Some filters require RGB and some require 16-bit or 32-bit images, but all work on 8-bit images. See the Filter properties chart for additional details.

Photoshop Image Mode

Extended Filters

Extended Filters are additional filters that do not fit in another category. These are newer filters that have specialized pixel analysis, computations, and groups of filter effects.

Menu Filter

Extended Filters include Neural Filters, Filter Gallery, Adaptive Wide Angle, Camera Raw Filter, Lens Correction, Liquify, and Vanishing Point. Extended Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

Neural Filters
Neural Filters
Adaptive Wide Angle
Adaptive Wide Angle
Camera Raw Filter
Camera Raw Filter
Lens Correction
Lens Correction
Liquify filter example
Liquify

Artistic Filters

Artistic Filters emulate traditional art mediums using color, strokes, and textures resulting in creative painted-art images.

Submenu Filter Artistic

Artistic Filters include Colored Pencil, Cutout, Dry Brush, Film Grain, Fresco, Neon Glow, Paint Daubs, Palette Knife, Plastic Wrap, Poster Edges, Rough Pastels, Smudge Stick, Sponge, Underpainting, and Watercolor. Artistic Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

Colored Pencil
Colored Pencil
Cutout filter example
Cutout
Dry Brush
Dry Brush
Film Grain
Film Grain
Fresco filter example
Fresco
Neon Glow
Neon Glow
Paint Daubs
Paint Daubs
Palette Knife
Palette Knife
Plastic Wrap
Plastic Wrap
Poster Edges
Poster Edges
Rough Pastels
Rough Pastels
Smudge Stick
Smudge Stick
Sponge filter example
Sponge
Underpainting filter example
Underpainting
Watercolor filter example
Watercolor

Blur Filters

Blur Filters apply a range of different blur effects using direction, distance, and averaging of colors. These soften and unfocus the image and can remove noise, dust, and undesired texture. They can also be used to blend added objects into the background.

Submenu Filter Blur

Blur Filters include Average, Blur, Blur More, Box Blur, Gaussian Blur, Lens Blur, Motion Blur, Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Smart Blur, and Surface Blur. Blur Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

Average Filter
Average Filter
Blur Filter
Blur Filter
Blur More Filter
Blur More Filter
Box Blur Filter
Box Blur Filter
Gaussian Blur Filter
Gaussian Blur Filter
Lens Blur
Lens Blur
Motion Blur Filter
Motion Blur Filter
Radial Blur Filter Spin
Radial Blur Filter Spin
Shape Blur
Shape Blur
Smart Blur Filter
Smart Blur Filter
Surface Blur Filter
Surface Blur Filter

Blur Gallery Filters extend the blur filters for specialized, more complex blur shapes and applications. These can emulate traditional camera lenses and blur along a path. The five Blur Gallery filters can be used together by toggling their checkmarks on the right side of the interface.

Submenu Filter Blur Gallery

Blur Gallery Filters include Field Blur, Iris Blur, Tilt-Shift, Path Blur, and Spin Blur. Blur Gallery Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

Field Blur
Field Blur
Iris Blur
Iris Blur
Tilt-Shift Adobe photoshop filter example
Tilt-Shift
Path Blur
Path Blur
Spin Blur
Spin Blur

Brush Strokes Filters

Brush Strokes Filters emulate traditional paint brushes and techniques using color, line, and texture.

Submenu Filter Brush Strokes

Brush Strokes Filters include Accented Edges, Angled Strokes, Crosshatch, Dark Strokes, Ink Outlines, Spatter, Sprayed Strokes, and Sumi-e. Brush Strokes Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

Accented Edges
Accented Edges
Angled Strokes
Angled Strokes
Crosshatch filter example
Crosshatch
Dark Strokes
Dark Strokes
Ink Outlines
Ink Outlines
Spatter filter example
Spatter
Sprayed Strokes
Sprayed Strokes
Sumi E
Sumi E

Distort Filters

Distort Filters move, stretch, and compress the pixels to create different effects. These often require higher computer memory to function.

Submenu Filter Distort

Distort Filters include Diffuse Glow, Displace, Glass, Ocean Ripple, Pinch, Polar Coordinates, Ripple, Shear, Spherize, Twirl, Wave, and ZigZag. Distort Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

Diffuse Glow
Diffuse Glow
Displace filter example
Displace
Glass filter example
Glass
Ocean Ripples
Ocean Ripples
Pinch filter example
Pinch
Polar Coordinates
Polar Coordinates
Ripple filter example
Ripple
Shear filter example
Shear
Spherize filter example
Spherize
Twirl filter example
Twirl
Wave filter example
Wave
Zigzag filter example
Zigzag

Noise Filters

Noise Filters remove noise (random color or brightness of image pixels) or add it to create a more unified image or texture.

Submenu Filter Noise

Noise Filters include Add Noise, Despeckle, Dust & Scratches, Median, and Reduce Noise. Noise Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

Add Noise
Add Noise
Despeckle filter example
Despeckle
Dust And Scratches
Dust And Scratches
Median filter example
Median
Reduce Noise
Reduce Noise

Pixelate Filters

Pixelate Filters group colors to create patterns and effects.

Submenu Filter Pixelate

Pixelate Filters include Color Halftone, Crystalize, Facet, Fragment, Mezzotint, Mosaic, and Pointillize. Pixelate Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

Color Halftone
Color Halftone
Crystallize filter example
Crystallize
Facet filter example
Facet
Fragment filter example
Fragment
Mezzotint filter example
Mezzotint
Mosaic filter example
Mosaic
Pointillize filter example
Pointillize

Render Filters

Render Filters create new images to replace or merge with existing images.

Submenu Filter Render

Render Filters include Flame, Picture Frame, Tree, Clouds, Difference Clouds, Fibers, Lens Flare, and Lighting Effects (Deprecated (3D)). Render Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

Flame filter example
Flame
Picture Frame
Picture Frame
Tree filter example
Tree
Clouds filter example
Clouds
Difference Clouds
Difference Clouds
Fibers filter example
Fibers
Lens Flare
Lens Flare

Sharpen Filters

Sharpen Filters enhance edges in images using contrast to create more defined lines and separation, resulting in a clearer, more focused image.

Submenu Filter Sharpen

Sharpen Filters include Sharpen, Sharpen Edges, Sharpen More, Smart Sharpen, and Unsharp Mask. Sharpen Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

Sharpen filter example
Sharpen
Sharpen Edges
Sharpen Edges
Sharpen More
Sharpen More
Smart Sharpen
Smart Sharpen
Unsharp Mask
Unsharp Mask

Sketch Filters

Sketch Filters emulate different drawing tools and methods for hand-drawn or texture effects.

Submenu Filter Sketch

Sketch Filters include Bas Relief, Chalk & Charcoal, Charcoal, Chrome, Conté Crayon, Graphic Pen, Halftone Pattern, Note Paper, Photocopy, Plaster, Reticulation, Stamp, Torn Edges, and Water Paper. Sketch Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

Bas Relief
Bas Relief
Chalk And Charcoal
Chalk And Charcoal
Charcoal filter example
Charcoal
Chrome filter example
Chrome
Cont Crayon
Conté Crayon
Graphic Pen
Graphic Pen
Halftone Pattern
Halftone Pattern
Note Paper
Note Paper
Photocopy filter example
Photocopy
Plaster filter example
Plaster
Reticulation filter example
Reticulation
Stamp filter example
Stamp
Torn Edges
Torn Edges
Water Paper
Water Paper

Stylize Filters

Stylize Filters add depth, height, and line effects to create dynamic line-art effects and embossing.

Submenu Filter Stylize

Stylize Filters include Diffuse, Emboss, Extrude, Find Edges, Glowing Edges, Oil Paint, Solarize, Tiles, Trace Contour, and Wind. Stylize Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

Diffuse filter example
Diffuse
Emboss filter example
Emboss
Extrude filter example
Extrude
Find Edges
Find Edges
Glowing Edges
Glowing Edges
Oil Paint
Oil Paint
Solarize filter example
Solarize
Tiles filter example
Tiles
Trace Contour
Trace Contour
Wind filter example
Wind

Texture Filters

Texture Filters group pixels into distinct texture shapes and add uniform surface texture.

Submenu Filter Texture

Texture Filters include Craquelure, Grain, Mosaic Tiles, Patchwork, Stained Glass, and Texturizer. Texture Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

Craquelure filter example
Craquelure
Grain filter example
Grain
Mosaic Tiles
Mosaic Tiles
Patchwork filter example
Patchwork
Stained Glass
Stained Glass
Texturizer filter example
Texturizer

Video Filters

Video Filters are used to process frames from or for videos.

Submenu Filter Video

Video Filters include De-Interlace, and NTSC Colors. Video Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

De-Interlace Adobe Photoshop filter example
De-Interlace
NTSC Colors
NTSC Colors

Other Filters

Other Filters are used to build custom filters and quickly adjust and move pixels.

Submenu Filter Other

Other Filters include Custom, High Pass, HSB/HSL, Material Filter, Maximum, Minimum, and Offset. Other Filters are accessed in Adobe Photoshop through the Filters file menu.

Custom Filter
Custom Filter
Highpass filter example
Highpass
HSB/HSL filter example
HSB/HSL
Maximum filter example
Maximum
Minimum filter example
Minimum
Offset filter example
Offset

Filter properties chart

Extended Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
Neural Filters        
Filter Gallery          
Adaptive Wide Angle            
Camera Raw Filter            
Lens Correction              
Liquify          
Vanishing Point                
Artistic Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
Colored Pencil          
Cutout            
Dry Brush            
Film Grain            
Fresco            
Neon Glow          
Paint Daubs            
Palette Knife            
Plastic Wrap            
Poster Edges            
Rough Pastels            
Smudge Stick            
Sponge            
Underpainting            
Watercolor            
Blur Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
Average          
Blur          
Blur More          
Box Blur        
Gaussian Blur        
Lens Blur            
Motion Blur        
Radial Blur        
Shape Blur        
Smart Blur            
Surface Blur        
Blur Gallery Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
Field Blur          
Iris Blur          
Tilt-Shift          
Path Blur        
Spin Blur          
Brush Strokes Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
Accented Edges            
Angled Strokes            
Crosshatch            
Dark Strokes            
Ink Outlines            
Spatter            
Sprayed Strokes            
Sumi-e            
Distort Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
Diffuse Glow          
Displace      
Glass            
Ocean Ripple            
Pinch        
Polar Coordinates        
Ripple        
Shear        
Spherize        
Twirl        
Wave        
ZigZag        
Noise Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
Add Noise        
Despeckle            
Dust & Scratches          
Median          
Reduce Noise          
Pixelate Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
Color Halftone        
Crystalize        
Facet          
Fragment          
Mezzotint        
Mosaic        
Pointillize        
Render Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
Flame          
Picture Frame            
Tree            
Clouds        
Difference Clouds        
Fibers      
Lens Flare              
Lighting Effects (Deprecated (3D))                        
Sharpen Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
Sharpen          
Sharpen Edges            
Sharpen More          
Smart Sharpen        
Unsharp Mask        
Sketch Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
Bas Relief            
Chalk & Charcoal            
Charcoal            
Chrome              
Conté Crayon            
Graphic Pen            
Halftone Pattern            
Note Paper            
Photocopy            
Plaster            
Reticulation            
Stamp            
Torn Edges            
Water Paper              
Stylize Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
Diffuse          
Emboss        
Extrude                
Find Edges            
Glowing Edges            
Oil Paint              
Solarize            
Tiles          
Trace Contour        
Wind            
Texture Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
Craquelure            
Grain            
Mosaic Tiles            
Patchwork            
Stained Glass          
Texturizer            
Video Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
De-Interlace          
NTSC Colors                
Other Filters
Filter Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors Needs a Path Needs Another Image
Custom        
High Pass        
HSB/HSL                
Material Filter              
Maximum        
Minimum        
Offset        
Additional Parameters Works on Smart Objects In Filter Gallery 8 Bit 16 Bit 32 Bit RGB Grayscale CMYK Multichannel Uses Current Colors NeedsPath Needs Another Image

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