How to use glass filter in Photoshop tutorial

Learn how to use the glass filter for Photoshop and displacement maps tutorial and how to use them. Use the tool in CC 2018 2017 2015 2014 CS6 etc

Glass filter in Photoshop

glass filter for Photoshop and displacement maps
  1. Filter menu (in Photoshop)

  2. Filter gallery

  3. Distort

  4. Glass filter

  5. Select the level of distortion

  6. Select the smoothness of the Photoshop glass filter

  7. Select the texture

  8. Browse for a PSD file (you can find many on this site)

  9. Select scaling

  10. Invert or not

  11. Click OK


Video tutorial of the subject by (youtube)


Access via the filter gallery : You can find it in Photoshop is found in the filter menu / filter gallery / distort section. The effect uses four default textures but you can select your own map files to distort any image.


You can quickly add all kinds of amazing smooth and beautiful distortions to any image as well as layers and also smart objects and type and more.


The format of the displacement maps being PSD files


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Upon displaying the effect dialog, you will see only a few settings such as scaling and texture etc


Distortion : distortionIf you set the value to a very low setting you can hardly see the distortion with any displacement map and you will only see a very subtle watermarking on the image. Set the distortion high and the currently selected 'map' should be as clear as day but I guess that depends on the file itself.


Smoothness : smoothnessLow, you can see more a thin line embossing effect. Set high and you see a nice smooth effect applied to the distortion (as long as the setting is high enough)


Texture : textureThis is the main area for the displacement maps PSD files. The displacement maps can be seamless (all of the displacements on this site are seamless) but you can also apply any other image or non-seamless displacement.


You can also scale the browsed for displacement. You can convert PNG files to PSD etc and use those as well


Scaling : Fairly limited range, not sure why the effect doesn't go beyond 50% to 200%. It is a pity that there is no offset feature where the result can be shifted from the current default starting point.


You can zoom the preview to 100% and see the result of the scaling.


Invert : invertChanges the angle of the light to the opposite direction


Different effects : shiftYou can create a number of interesting effects with the tool depending on the settings. If the scaling is low and others are high then the effect will be more like a melting effect. If you set the scaling too high, you may find there is no effect at all and the image will look totally unchanged (but this depends on the map file).


If the map file is an entire image, the generated artwork will be very different from an image with a strong central black brush stroke.


Multiple effects : effectsOne great feature of the gallery tool and effect is that you can add a new effect layer so multiple distortions can be added in the same dialog and this feature is at the bottom of the panel. The layers can be added and deleted within the dialog.


You can set the new effect layer to the same effect (that is the default option) as the current applied effect. You can then set the scaling as well as the texture etc to a different setting in seconds. You can do much the same as just applying multiple gallery effects but doing it within the filter gallery is quicker


Fade menu : fadeYou can also use the edit menu and fade and then set the blending mode to difference or darken etc


You can also change the opacity for the effect as well


Channels : channelsYou cannot use the tool in CMYK etc. You can use it with color channels so go to the window menu and select the channels panel. Select the red channel and apply the gallery. Select the green channel and apply the gallery but vary the scaling or texture or smoothness etc.


Repeat with the blue channel and the result will be an unique and super colorful.


Actions : actionsIt can also be combined with other effects by using an action, it can also be combined with layer effects and adjustments. Record the effect action and then apply other plugins such as oil paint and camera raw and then save that to a new action.


The action can then be repeated at a future time


Smart objects : If you use the effect on a layer, it can be used with a layer turn into a smart object and the effects can then be combined with adjustments and layer effects and other plugins. You can modify the settings of the distortion via the layers panel as well as disabling or removing the distort from the object. If you use the effect on a layer then the result can be blended using blending modes via the layers panel. The smart object can also be saved to the CC library for future projects.


On the right, you can see the combination of the distortion using a diamond map along with the application of an oil paint effect and then mixed with colorful adjustments to create smeared colorful strands in an image.


Type : typeThe tool does not work so well with type as a smart object or layer but it does work well with the artwork applied to a layer or background layer with some more than just the type to work with.


The key thing is that the type is not added to an empty layer


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