Remixing using Photoshop filters

After watching and discussing the “Everything is a Remix” series, we’ve come to determine that “remixing” can really be as simple as borrowing one’s work and slightly altering it.  It doesn’t just have to be a rap version of the same ol’ song.

Today, we’re introducing (or reintroducing, for those who have already used) Photoshop filters.  Now, I won’t be the last person to tell you that filters have their place, but for the most part, that place isn’t to be used every day.  There are some really great utility filters (sharpen, defog, masking), but most of them are all flash and no substance.  Plus, they don’t prove that you have proficiency in PS… only that you know how to use filters.  You might as well stick to PicNik.

For your assignment, you need to pick one photograph that you like.  It should be in full colour (not sepia, selective colour or black and white).

I’m going to pick this, the Golden Gate bridge in San Fransico.

You are going to take this photo and make 11 version of it – you’ll select 11 different filters from within PS, edit each to your liking, and then turn around and put them all together on one page… called a contact sheet.

With the open image, adjust the size of the image so that it’ll be correct for when you drag-and-drop it to the new canvas.  It should be 500px wide by 375px tall (or close to), with a dpi of 180.  Select IMAGE > Image size to access this menu.

Now, add your filters.  Here, I applied the cut-out filter.  Be sure to adjust the filter settings to get a pleasing image (I adjusted the cut-out levels).

Now, make a new canvas – it should be 8.5 inched wide by 11 inches tall, with a dpi of 200.

Make some guides (pull from the ruler sides) at the 3 inch mark and 6 inch mark.  These will come in handy for lining up all your images.

Now, drag your original and “filtered” images to the new canvas, and snap them to the blue guidelines. It should look something like this:

And, for the sake of clarity, label those images.

Continue applying new filters, dragging, and labelling these onto your new canvas until the whole page is filled (there should be at least 11 “filtered” images).  Everything should be completely aligned, centered and easy to both read and understand.  When you are finished, you can print it off and submit it to the teacher.  It should look something like this…


Submit a “contact sheet” of Photoshop-filtered images, all clearly labelled.  Images should all be the exact same size, aligned correctly, and labelled correctly.  This assignment is worth 15 marks. Due Friday, Feb 3.