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Create artistic effects with filters on the Artistic, Sketch, and Stylize submenus

Several filters produce great artistic effects. You can find a large collection of them on the Artistic, Sketch, and Stylize submenus.

Many users employ these filters to create images that look as though they were painted. What those users may not tell you, unless pressed, is that filters can make photos of less than the best quality look better. These filters can disguise a multitude of photographic sins, turning shoebox rejects into decent digital transformations.

Poster Edges: This filter gives the picture an artsy, poster-like look but also enhances the edges to make the outline of the object appear sharper

Rough Pastels: This filter gives the look of a fine-art piece created with oil pastels.

Dry Brush: This filter can add an even more stylistic effect, reducing details to a series of broad strokes.

Colored Pencil: This filter crosshatches the edges of an image to create a pencil-like effect.

Cutout: This effect assembles an image from what looks like cut-out paper shapes, which resemble a kid’s art project.

Film Grain: This photographic effect diffuses an image with thousands of tiny dots that simulate clumps of film grain. (If you’re old enough, think of old home movies.)

Fresco: This effect looks (supposedly) like pigments applied to fresh, wet plaster.

Paint Daubs: This effect uses smears of color from your choice of a half-dozen different brush types — very Jackson Pollock.

Plastic Wrap: This filter can produce a wet look, particularly when you apply it to a selection and then fade the filter so that it doesn’t overpower the detail in the image.

Watercolor: This nice pastel effect diffuses an image while adding an interesting, watery texture.

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