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Jackfruit Orchid tree of Hong Kong   Angkor Wat Lamma Island aspara at Angkor Wat
  bird's nest fern watercolour filter bird's nest fern dry brush filter
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Cutout filter

jackfruit Orchid tree of Hong Kong
 I use the 'Cutout' filter for a posterized effect. I usually set the 'Number of Levels' (which is actually the number of colours/tones) to 8 (the highest). The 'Edge simplicity' I keep low (1) and play around with the 'Edge fidelity' until I get the effect that I want.

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Watercolor filter

Lamma Island aspara at Angkor Wat
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Angkor Wat temple
I find the 'Watercolour' filter creates interesting dark and light areas in photos that might otherwise be a bit flat.

I usually set the brush detail to fairly high (9); the shadow intensity to 0; and the texture to 1 or 2.

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bird's nest fern bird's nest fern
watercolour filter compared to... dry brush filter
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Drybrush filter

african dance african dance
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pebbles
I use the 'Drybrush' filter in photos that are already fairly contrasty (above). It has a softer effect than the watercolour filter (left and below). It also works well on photos that are slightly out of focus in a critical area.
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