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Tutorial Tuesday: Intro to Filters

by Steph on 22 January 2013
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In PSCS there is a fun “little” menu called filters. Have you ever ventured over there and played around with some of them? There is a LOT you can do in filters. The best way is to just take some time and play around with them. You can get to your filter menu in PSCS by clicking on the Filter button in the main menu. It will bring up a drop box with tons of options.

Today I want to show you one of my favorite filters, Distort. Specifically Twirl. You can do lots of fun stuff with the other distortion options, but today we are going to stick with Twirl.

To use the twirl filter, use your shape tool to draw a rectangle. You can make any shape you want, but I started with a rectangle. Then go to your filter menu and choose the twirl option.  A smaller box will pop up with a preview and a slider bar. You can slide your point left or right, creating the twirl you want.

Here is what I ended up with. A fun swirly that could make a fun element or shape with a paper clipped to it. This is an example of a dramatic twirl. You could also do less of a twirl and make waves. Those are really fun additions to LO’s. Also, if you change your beginning shape, you will get many different results. It’s fun!!

Hope this little into to filters was useful. What other filters would you like to know about?

Please note: I work primarily in PSCS. I do know that there is some filter options in PSE, but I am not completely savvy with that program.

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1 Janie 23 January 2013 at 1:11 am

Loved the twirl filter! Thank you!


2 SnickerdoodleDesigns 23 January 2013 at 3:14 am

Cool tip, Steph! And I love your sample! I’ll have to play more with this filter!


3 Linda 28 January 2013 at 1:51 pm

Who knew? Cool! Thanks for teaching us.


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