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The Complete Guide to Creating Photoshop Filters

The Filter Factory tutorial series, parts 1 through 7 By Dave Nagel
I realized some time ago that it's simply too difficult for new readers of our publications to go hunting through the tutorials archives here to find all of the parts to our Filter Factory tutorial series. To date there have been six parts--two specific tutorials on generating 3D effects, one on customizing the interface of completed filters and three general pieces on working with the Filter Factory's expressions, functions and operators to generate effects. To this we now add our seventh and final part and conclude the series.

Why conclude?

Well, as you may or may not know, the Filter Factory is a dying technology. It's a great and simple way for non-programmers to create their own filters for personal use or for distribution. But Adobe's dropping the technology, leaving nothing in its place. They've already dropped the Filter Factory for their Premiere non-linear editor, and the loss of the Photoshop Filter Factory can't be far off.

It's certainly a lamentable end. For Windows users, there are still a couple of programs available for purchase that will allow you to create your own filters. For Mac users, the only option left, barring a new software release from a third-party developer, will be to do actual programming, which is way beyond the scope of this site. Besides, you'd also have to buy Code Warrior Pro to do it, and I doubt many of you are willing to do so, since it costs more than several commercial filter packages combined.

We can all certainly hope that Adobe will, at some future time, resuscitate the Filter Factory in a new and even better form. If that ever happens, I will certainly reopen this tutorial series. Until that happens, this is it. So enjoy it while you can.

For purposes of organization, I've broken this compendium into several sections, each accessible by clicking on section names at the bottom of each page or by simply clicking the "Next" button at the bottom of each page, if you prefer to read it through from the beginning. This piece will remain up on our front page for about a week, after which time you'll be able to access it in our Tutorials section, which you can reach through the button in our left menu. If you've already read the previous installments, you can skip ahead to the section called "Conditional Statements," which is the new portion of this series. (Incidentally, these are not appearing in order of their original publication; I think this order is a bit more logical.)

Part 1: Introduction to Basic Operations in Filter Factory
Part 2: Convolving Pixels
Part 3: Geometric Expressions
Part 4: Conditional Statements
Appendix 1: 3D Effects in the Filter Factory
Appendix 2: More on 3D Effects
Appendix 3: Customizing Your Filter Interface
Complete: The Whole Thing on One Giant Page!

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