Charcoal filter

Use the Charcoal filter to give a dramatic smudged effect of charcoal to your photos. Here's how you can do it in Photoshop.

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With one click, you can give the bold and dramatic effect of charcoal to your photos in Photoshop and have them ready to use in your composites.

  1. You can access the Discover Panel in Photoshop using the search icon at the upper right of the interface. Alternatively, you can use the Cmd/Ctrl + F keyboard shortcut or choose Help > Photoshop Help from the menu bar.

  2. In the Discover Panel dialog box, navigate to the Browse > Quick Actions section and scroll down to the Charcoal filter quick action. 

  3. Click the Apply button and you will see that your image gets transformed with a high-quality smudged charcoal effect.

    Note:

    To try on a different layer, select the one you want from the Layers panel, then click Refresh.

  4. You can further refine your action on the image by going to Filter > Filter Gallery and adjusting the Charcoal Thickness, Light/Dark Balance, and other details. 

  5. Click the Revert button to undo the quick action's steps all at once. Click Browse more quick actions to choose from a variety of quick actions you can apply to your image. 

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