The Mother of all Filters - and it's FREE

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The Mother of all Filters - and it's FREE
Nov 9, 2011

Do you have a 64 bit computer with sufficient memory and an adequate graphics card and Photoshop CS4 or 5? If you do, hang on to your hat. Do you like to create artistic interpretations of your photos? If you answered yes, head to http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/pixelbenderplugin/ and download the free plugin. You will soon be in Photoshop heaven. The Oil Paint Plug In in Pixel Bender is a photo simplifier on steroids. Most of the November postings on my photo art blog ( http://chucksphotoart.blogspot.com/ ) are done using this filter. The images are tweaked using Color Effects Pro, Topaz Adjust and Photoshop's standard adjustments. Play around with the adjustments in the Oil Paint filter, then use layer masks and paint with black or white to control the strength of the effect.

Most images take 10 to 30 minutes to create. I have been using this filter for about a week.

Sample images created using Pixel Bender Oil Paint filter:

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In reply to Trainer, Nov 9, 2011

Yes, Pixel Bender is an interesting platform.

We use it to run fileters that are more "real world" tasks oriented, rather then special effects, but I must admit the Oil Paint filter is fabulous

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In reply to Trainer, Nov 9, 2011

WOW!

I LOVE your results. I've had fun with Fotosketcher and some Topaz special effects and I have a new PC with the specs you say are required so after making this post I'm off to snag Pixel Bender.

While software provides tools to create "artsy" effects my strong opinion is that it takes a genuine artist and talented photographer to produce results like yours. Well done!

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OK Chuck I'm back.

Had a FUN first play with the oil paint sliders. I then used CS5 layers and masking and erasing tool to keeping most of the "artsy" effect on the bird while toning down a lot the squiggly curly-cue background.

Thanks again for providing the link and for showing your results. I also like a lot more of your art that I found on your blog.

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Mark,

Admirable first try. You are now addicted and will get very little sleep for the next week. So many pictures and so little time.... With this filter, less is better. It sometimes takes just a minimal setting to turn an ordinary picture into an eye pleasing artistic image. Some fringing and edge distortion will occur, but can be cloned away. In addition to layer masking try dodging and burning. Doing some hand work on the eyes and especially catch lights can produce dramatic results.

Well done!

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I had posted an Adobe video link last week (from an Adobe Email) but did not get the same results as you did and deleted the plugin...nicely done! I liked this one and the link to your soldier.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=39400414

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=39755407

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Do you have a 64 bit computer with sufficient memory and an adequate graphics card and Photoshop CS4 or 5? If you do, hang on to your hat. Do you like to create artistic interpretations of your photos? If you answered yes, head to http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/pixelbenderplugin/ and download the free plugin. You will soon be in Photoshop heaven. The Oil Paint Plug In in Pixel Bender is a photo simplifier on steroids. Most of the November postings on my photo art blog ( http://chucksphotoart.blogspot.com/ ) are done using this filter. The images are tweaked using Color Effects Pro, Topaz Adjust and Photoshop's standard adjustments. Play around with the adjustments in the Oil Paint filter, then use layer masks and paint with black or white to control the strength of the effect.

Most images take 10 to 30 minutes to create. I have been using this filter for about a week.

Sample images created using Pixel Bender Oil Paint filter:

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Do you vacation on the Texas Coast often?

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Lovely images!!

I have an XP 32bit PC with 2GB memory running PSCS5 and Adobe's Pixel Bender works just fine also. Here is a link to my Pixel Bender gallery and a few my samples:
http://grigsbys.smugmug.com/Digital-Darkroom/Pixel-Bender
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Every year. Great picture of the Birding site in Port Aransas. I just hate walking by the Sewage plant to get there.

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In reply to MurryG, Nov 9, 2011

Murry,

Thanks for sharing your album. I enjoyed looking. Isn't this a great filter! Looks like you've using it for a while.

For some real knock your socks off image results, try adding a layer mask to your filtered image, keeping the original image on a layer below. Using the paint brush, paint on the mask, varying the size and strength of the brush, to reveal details of the original image below.

Paint with black to reveal and with white to conceal. I usually keep the brush transparency at around 65%, but this will depend on the size of your image. You now have complete control of the strength of the Oil Paint filter! Remember to keep the filter settings as low as possible yet still achieving a painterly effect.

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I have this filter up and running in photoshop cs5 but didn't do to much with it, maybe should use it a little more...

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Chip, I have used Pixelbender for some time now but today I was adding a new filter and I got an error that it could add "NewFilter" indicating it already existed, which is already in the pixel gallery. I added a filter quite some time ago and it added it as "NewFilter" but I didn't give it much thought. I downloaded the filter "skinColorFilter" and copied the .pbk and .pbj files into the PixelBender files folder and upon opening the PixelBender Gallery in PS CS564 bit I get the error. Any ideas what I am doing wrong. I thought it would add the file with the downloaded file name "skinColorFilter" rather than "NewFilter" again. Any help will be appreciated..........Ralph

cspringer wrote:

I had posted an Adobe video link last week (from an Adobe Email) but did not get the same results as you did and deleted the plugin...nicely done! I liked this one and the link to your soldier.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=39400414

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=39755407

Trainer wrote:

Do you have a 64 bit computer with sufficient memory and an adequate graphics card and Photoshop CS4 or 5? If you do, hang on to your hat. Do you like to create artistic interpretations of your photos? If you answered yes, head to http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/pixelbenderplugin/ and download the free plugin. You will soon be in Photoshop heaven. The Oil Paint Plug In in Pixel Bender is a photo simplifier on steroids. Most of the November postings on my photo art blog ( http://chucksphotoart.blogspot.com/ ) are done using this filter. The images are tweaked using Color Effects Pro, Topaz Adjust and Photoshop's standard adjustments. Play around with the adjustments in the Oil Paint filter, then use layer masks and paint with black or white to control the strength of the effect.

Most images take 10 to 30 minutes to create. I have been using this filter for about a week.

Sample images created using Pixel Bender Oil Paint filter:

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Sorry Chip, I meant to add that there is no filter named "NewFilter" in the PixelBender Files folder...........Ralph

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Chip, I have used Pixelbender for some time now but today I was adding a new filter and I got an error that it could add "NewFilter" indicating it already existed, which is already in the pixel gallery. I added a filter quite some time ago and it added it as "NewFilter" but I didn't give it much thought. I downloaded the filter "skinColorFilter" and copied the .pbk and .pbj files into the PixelBender files folder and upon opening the PixelBender Gallery in PS CS564 bit I get the error. Any ideas what I am doing wrong. I thought it would add the file with the downloaded file name "skinColorFilter" rather than "NewFilter" again. Any help will be appreciated..........Ralph

cspringer wrote:

I had posted an Adobe video link last week (from an Adobe Email) but did not get the same results as you did and deleted the plugin...nicely done! I liked this one and the link to your soldier.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=39400414

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=39755407

Trainer wrote:

Do you have a 64 bit computer with sufficient memory and an adequate graphics card and Photoshop CS4 or 5? If you do, hang on to your hat. Do you like to create artistic interpretations of your photos? If you answered yes, head to http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/pixelbenderplugin/ and download the free plugin. You will soon be in Photoshop heaven. The Oil Paint Plug In in Pixel Bender is a photo simplifier on steroids. Most of the November postings on my photo art blog ( http://chucksphotoart.blogspot.com/ ) are done using this filter. The images are tweaked using Color Effects Pro, Topaz Adjust and Photoshop's standard adjustments. Play around with the adjustments in the Oil Paint filter, then use layer masks and paint with black or white to control the strength of the effect.

Most images take 10 to 30 minutes to create. I have been using this filter for about a week.

Sample images created using Pixel Bender Oil Paint filter:

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I'm not sure if it was the same problem but I googled the error message when trying to install and it took awhile to get it right. There are two versions for Windows 7 so make sure you have the right one for your OS . You have to find your Adobe Extension Manager, right click and Run as Admin before it can be loaded. I forgot the exact steps so google for complete instructions.

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Sorry Chip, I meant to add that there is no filter named "NewFilter" in the PixelBender Files folder...........Ralph

Ralph Ramirez wrote:

Chip, I have used Pixelbender for some time now but today I was adding a new filter and I got an error that it could add "NewFilter" indicating it already existed, which is already in the pixel gallery. I added a filter quite some time ago and it added it as "NewFilter" but I didn't give it much thought. I downloaded the filter "skinColorFilter" and copied the .pbk and .pbj files into the PixelBender files folder and upon opening the PixelBender Gallery in PS CS564 bit I get the error. Any ideas what I am doing wrong. I thought it would add the file with the downloaded file name "skinColorFilter" rather than "NewFilter" again. Any help will be appreciated..........Ralph

cspringer wrote:

I had posted an Adobe video link last week (from an Adobe Email) but did not get the same results as you did and deleted the plugin...nicely done! I liked this one and the link to your soldier.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=39400414

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=39755407

Trainer wrote:

Do you have a 64 bit computer with sufficient memory and an adequate graphics card and Photoshop CS4 or 5? If you do, hang on to your hat. Do you like to create artistic interpretations of your photos? If you answered yes, head to http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/pixelbenderplugin/ and download the free plugin. You will soon be in Photoshop heaven. The Oil Paint Plug In in Pixel Bender is a photo simplifier on steroids. Most of the November postings on my photo art blog ( http://chucksphotoart.blogspot.com/ ) are done using this filter. The images are tweaked using Color Effects Pro, Topaz Adjust and Photoshop's standard adjustments. Play around with the adjustments in the Oil Paint filter, then use layer masks and paint with black or white to control the strength of the effect.

Most images take 10 to 30 minutes to create. I have been using this filter for about a week.

Sample images created using Pixel Bender Oil Paint filter:

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In reply to cspringer, Nov 9, 2011

Hi Chip. When copying the 2 files I was prompted to run in admin and I replied yes and the files were copied successfully. What I don't understand is where "NewFilter" came from, it is not in the PixelBender Files folder so I can't delete it in hopes of clearing the problem. I guess I can remove and reload the entire Pixel Bender plugin. I will google to see if others have had this same problem.

Thanks for your help.............Ralph

cspringer wrote:

I'm not sure if it was the same problem but I googled the error message when trying to install and it took awhile to get it right. There are two versions for Windows 7 so make sure you have the right one for your OS . You have to find your Adobe Extension Manager, right click and Run as Admin before it can be loaded. I forgot the exact steps so google for complete instructions.

Ralph Ramirez wrote:

Sorry Chip, I meant to add that there is no filter named "NewFilter" in the PixelBender Files folder...........Ralph

Ralph Ramirez wrote:

Chip, I have used Pixelbender for some time now but today I was adding a new filter and I got an error that it could add "NewFilter" indicating it already existed, which is already in the pixel gallery. I added a filter quite some time ago and it added it as "NewFilter" but I didn't give it much thought. I downloaded the filter "skinColorFilter" and copied the .pbk and .pbj files into the PixelBender files folder and upon opening the PixelBender Gallery in PS CS564 bit I get the error. Any ideas what I am doing wrong. I thought it would add the file with the downloaded file name "skinColorFilter" rather than "NewFilter" again. Any help will be appreciated..........Ralph

cspringer wrote:

I had posted an Adobe video link last week (from an Adobe Email) but did not get the same results as you did and deleted the plugin...nicely done! I liked this one and the link to your soldier.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=39400414

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1006&message=39755407

Trainer wrote:

Do you have a 64 bit computer with sufficient memory and an adequate graphics card and Photoshop CS4 or 5? If you do, hang on to your hat. Do you like to create artistic interpretations of your photos? If you answered yes, head to http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/pixelbenderplugin/ and download the free plugin. You will soon be in Photoshop heaven. The Oil Paint Plug In in Pixel Bender is a photo simplifier on steroids. Most of the November postings on my photo art blog ( http://chucksphotoart.blogspot.com/ ) are done using this filter. The images are tweaked using Color Effects Pro, Topaz Adjust and Photoshop's standard adjustments. Play around with the adjustments in the Oil Paint filter, then use layer masks and paint with black or white to control the strength of the effect.

Most images take 10 to 30 minutes to create. I have been using this filter for about a week.

Sample images created using Pixel Bender Oil Paint filter:

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In reply to Ralph Ramirez, Nov 9, 2011

MurryG - Tho my taste is more conservative I REALLY like your posted examples for both effect and GREAT colors. Your bass boat inspired me to take a shot at one of my own boating shots.

I live on a lake and shoot a lot of boats and most are VERY boring. My sort of goal is to make the water "art" while preserving detail in the boats. I think I over diddled this one experimenting. Anyway, yeah, this artistic rendering stuff energizes my creative juices.

I did one more of my hummer shots too using the oil paint option.

I played with the other included options and think there might be others I could use for water "art", but the oil is the best for most of what I like to do.

Mark

Oh! Ralph and cspringer altho I like Trainers art I DON'T like having to scroll them with EVERY comment you guys make. Do you have to use "QUOTE?"
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I love it ... THANK YOU

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Search your C: drive for NewFilter and it should find it and show you it's address so you can move or delete it.
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I did use a pretty heavy hand when applying PixelBender :0) Yours with a lot of the photos details retained look really good to me! Some of the other Pixel Bender options are interesting. For example here are some pumpkins with oil painting and the same batch with the default option (don't remember its name?).
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