Forge is really a plugin but can be installed as a stand
alone program.. I like mine installed into my PSP plugin
folder.. so I can access it through my plugins. You can
find Filter Forge
over 4200 filters that you can download for Filter
Forge.. WOW huh
Filter Forge works several ways... Some of the filters
will work on a blank canvas.. like the background
filters. Or if you have a plain colored bkg layer on
your canvas.. and add a NEW layer on top and apply FF on
that top layer.. OR if you have a tube selected and
floating, you can apply one of the effects filters on
that tube.. Also you can flatten the tube *with a white
bkg* then apply FF on it.. Below are examples of some.
Later on in the tutorial I will show you the interface
of FF. and explain each component. Filter Forge is also
known for making your OWN effects.. it is a lil detailed
and not easy.. to do BUT I figured out how to make a few
of my own.. BEST way to learn how to create your own is
to open an existing filter in the editor and like
REVERSE engineer it lol.. see how its made and what
effect what.. hard to explain till you get in there and
see for yourself.
below, is a blank canvas.. and this Frame filter in FF
samples below.. will show the original TUBE on the
left.. the two cats. The sample on the right.. a new
layer was added on top of the cat tube layer and a frame
filter was applied to that empty layer. The middle
sample is the tube flattened with a white bkg.. and a
filters in FF affect just the tube.. others affect the
tube plus the surrounding areas..
canvas is a perfect square.. all sides equal then FF
will make it a seamless tile if you want.. the option is
Below is a
FF filter applied just on the Tube.
below.. on a flattened tube
some Misc filters, it don't matter what you have on
your canvas.. they make their design.. like these jewels
Here is the
Filter Forge Interface Window. I will explain each thing
going by the numbers.
This is the list of the filters that you have downloaded
from FF site. It splits them up into categories. Like
building, frames, misc, organic, patterns, snippets,
stone, techno, creative * my personal fav* distortions,
frames, misc, patterns, photo and my filters.. *he ones
that YOU make.* it shows a preview of what the filter
looks like too..
are tabs . The Preset tabs, is the presets that the
creator of the filter made for it.. you can use those..
or tweak the settings and make it look different..
Clicking on the settings tab you get this..
filter has different controls.. this is for the jewel on
the top left of the jewel and flower samples above. You
can change colors, different pattern choices, on this
one the facets... pattern sizes and variations the
combinations are endless. The lightening tab you can
change the settings on lighting.. the direction of the
light.. etc.. Also seamless tiling is an option on most
#3 This is
what your canvas and/or tube you have open in your PSP...will
look like with the filter applied.
#4 is your
Filter Editor, when you click this button.. this window
below opens...Here is where you can either create your
own filter from scratch or edit another of the filters.
(7) is where you choose
what kind of filter you want to create. Simple filter or
surface filter. Surface filter is more complex and has a
lightening tab in the settings.
(8) This is your area where
you do your creating. you put the boxes of each
component of the filter. and link them to each effect.
(hard to explain this one, hands on is best teacher to
this I think)
(9) Is the Component box..
where you get your control boxes for all the facets of
(10) is your image
preview.. you can lock the preview window.. and with
each change or addition to the effect.. it will reflect
it in this window.
(11) When your done
creating your filter.. SAVE and name it
EVEN IF you don't create any of your own filters.. with
the 4200 + filters that are available for filter forge..
you would NEVER use all of them or get tired of using
your Filter Forge.. Its endless as to what you could
create with it..
The best way like I said.. and how I created the few
filters I did.. was just reverse create it lol... open
an already existing filter.. and move things
around.. delete boxes.. changes settings.. and see how
it works.. if your downloading filters from the Filter
Forge site if you see any that ARTSY did.. that's ME!!!!
Ok back to
the main interface window for filter forge. I was on
# 5 Filter
Library: download more filters.. when you click this...
it will open the filter page on the Filter Forges
site... this is where you can start downloading filters
you like...you can either do the 3 at a time page.. or
go to filters and go by the categories.. that's what I
did so I wouldn't miss none.. then periodically I go to
the update page and download or snag the newest filters
that users have submitted. There are some really
talented people that create all the time for the
filter... I joined its forum too and talked to some..
its a good support system... they will help you too and
when you create a filter and have a prob with it loading
slow.. the CREATOR of filter forge is the main guy in
the forum (forgot name lol) he will lead you in the
one.. this is SAVE PRESET button... you can use this for
a filter you make.. OR one of the other filters... if
you have adjusted the settings tab and found some look
you really like.. click this button and SAVE your preset
it will be there next time you use that filter..
the light I can shed on this , If I can help you let me
know.. My students in my workshop group... know I give
workshops on this once in a while.. to refresh them..
till next time..