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Canon® Rebel T3i Tips: Using Creative Filters

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The Canon Rebel T3i is the first Canon Rebel model to feature something called creative filters. You can use the creative filters on your Canon T3i camera to add various artistic effects to pictures you’ve taken. If you’re the owner of a Canon EOS 60D or Canon PowerShot, you may already be familiar with using creative filters. Using them is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. If you’re wondering what exactly the T3i’s creative filters are and how exactly to use those filters, read on.

The Canon Rebel T3i camera comes with five different creative filters:

• Grainy Black and White – When you apply this filter, your pictures will have the granular, black and white appearance of a vintage photograph.

• Soft Focus – This filter tones down the reflection of light in pictures and softens overall visual effects.

• Toy Camera – If you want to darken a picture’s corners and distort its colors, the toy camera creative filter is a good choice.

• Miniature – When you apply the “Miniature” filter to an image, the image’s subjects appear like a reduced-scale model or diorama.

• Fish Eye – This filter replicates the effects of using a fish eye camera lens. The “Fish Eye” filter dramatically magnifies the center and distorts the edges of an image.

To use the Canon T3i’s creative filters, you’ll need to follow a few simple steps:

1. Click on the fifth tab from the left on the main menu toolbar that looks like a play symbol, and select “Creative filters.”

2. Once you’ve selected creative filters, you’ll be able to scroll through all the images you’ve taken on the T3i. Select an image you want to add a creative filter to. You can select an image by pressing the “SET” button on your camera.

3. When you select an image, a creative filters menu toolbar will pop up on the lower left-hand side of the screen. You can then scroll through the different creative filters to test out their effects on the image.

4. Once you have found a creative filter you like, you can apply it to your picture by pressing your camera’s “SET” button. If you would prefer to only add the effects of a creative filter to a portion of a photo, you can use your camera’s arrow buttons to select the image area you want to be affected before you press “SET.”

5. After you’ve applied a creative filter, a message will appear on screen that prompts you to save the new picture. You can save the picture with the added creative filter by selecting “OK.”

Now that you know what the T3i’s creative filters are and how to use them, it’s time to experiment with all the cool visual effects these creative filters offer!

Want to learn more about what your T3i can do? Check out our post on how to take video snapshots on the Canon T3i.

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Feb at 2:29 PM

10 Responses to Canon® Rebel T3i Tips: Using Creative Filters

Teresa February 22, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Thanks for all the good suggestions and tips for using filters. I’ve never known which filter to use on what scenes to capture it the way I want.


Brett February 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

You’re very welcome! Getting the hang of the creative filters can be tricky at first. We’ll be posting more T3i tutorials in the upcoming weeks. So, be sure to visit the site if you want to learn more about the ins and outs of using the T3i.

Natoma Houston February 23, 2012 at 10:02 am

Great tips!!!

Adriana Grillo February 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Creative Filters sound good now I’m wondering if we can also do an add-on while taking a photo such as adding snow flakes in the photo or something on the side like a dog or a cat?

saminder gumer February 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

i have not used filters that much, but after reading about them i think i may want to try them out. thanks.


Brett February 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Thank you for commenting. Creative filters are a lot of fun to experiment with, and I’m glad the post inspired you to try them out.


Brett February 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Unfortunately, the Rebel T3i’s creative filters can’t add things like snow flakes to pictures. However, you can use software like Photoshop to add all different kinds of special effects to images. You may want to look into your software options, if you’re interested in this type of thing.

Sharon February 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Great tips and tutorial – very helpful!

bethanny February 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Thanks for this post!! I was unsure about the filters.

Iannick September 23, 2012 at 7:23 am

Any idea to apply the creative filter for ALL photos (not one by one) ? Thanks ! I want to make a timelapse with a tilt shift effect so apply the filter to 800 photos is hummm… very .. very long 😉

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