When it comes to image filters, these day's it often a case of choosing between Instagram's Hudson or Hefe. But in reality those filters are combination of several, simpler effects — and this video explains how they work.
I don't remember what the first thing I ever made in Photoshop was, much less why. What brought me to the software in 1996, at age 13, is a faded memory. But I'd like to think that I saw a power in learning its magic — even then, I knew it could conjure incredible things.