Photoshop is jam packed with handy filters and effects. Some, including the Color LookUp and Photographic Toning presets for the Gradient Map adjustment are new to Photoshop CS6. Other Photoshop effects like Photo Filters, Curves and filters have been around for a while.
With so many filter options, it can be hard to find the right one. To help out, we created five Photoshop effects filter tables for you to download for free.
In the tutorial below we’ll show you how to size your image and add it to the table so you can see what each filter will look like on your image.
When you find one that you’d like to use, we’ll show you how to copy it to your image and how to adjust its settings to suit.
How to preview Photoshop effects on your free filter table
01 Open the Table
Unzip the file, extract its contents and then open the file ‘photographic_toning_table.psd’ in Photoshop.
02 Resize your image
Open the image ‘tables.jpg’ and choose File>Automate>Fit Image, then set both Width and Height to 900 and click OK. Choose Image> Image Size, deselect Resample Image and set the Resolution to 300 dpi and click OK. Choose File>Save As, name the image ‘tablessmall.jpg’. Close it, and open ‘tables.jpg’ again.
03 Add your image
Display the Layers Panel by choosing Window>Layers. Right-click any of the numbered Smart Object layers and choose Replace Contents. Select the file ‘tablessmall.jpg’ that you created in the previous stage and click Place. All the images in the table will automatically update with this.
04 Apply your adjustment
Choose an effect that you like, then right-click the Adjustment Layer and choose Duplicate Layer. From the Document list, select your image and click OK to apply the adjustment to it.
Next, you have to double-click the new Adjustment Layer to then open it and adjust its settings.
Now you’ve got to grips with how to preview Photoshop effects and add them to your image, why not download a few more…
Free filter tables for Photoshop
The Filters table shows you how each of the filters in Photoshop works. To edit a filter, just double-click it in the Layers Panel and adjust its settings.
Mimic Film Effects
The Color Lookup table shows the new Photoshop CS6 image colours that mimic different film effects. Find an effect that you like and then use it on your image – these adjustments can’t be copied.
Review your filters
View your image with a variety of coloured filters applied to it. Then copy a duplicate of your preferred adjustment to your own image.
The Curves table gives you previews of 30 different Photoshop Curves adjustments. Duplicate any Curves layer onto your image for great effects.
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