Photoshop Terms A to Z – Glossary of the Letter “F”

Fade: The Fade command appears in the Edit menu after a filter has been applied and allows you to change the blending options for that filter. The Fade command also appears after using a painting tool, using an eraser, or making a color adjustment. The Fade dialog box has two options: changing the opacity and changing the blending mode.

Feather: Feathering is the process of blurring edges around a selection. Blurring the edges helps the selection blend into another object, file, or selection when it is moved, cut, copied, and/or pasted.

File: From the File menu, you can choose to open a file, save a file, and browse for a file, and you can print, print one copy, or print with a preview. You can import or export files too or save a file for the web. Files contain the image and all data.

File browser: Allows you to search your physical drives (hard drive, CD-ROM drive, DVD drives, digital camera drives, floppy drives, and zip drives) for files that you’ve either previously created or need to open.

Film: Films enable printers to produce high-quality film positives using a printer. Inkjet films require inkjet printers, and other types of films can be used for laser printers. Films create extremely dense positives, where the black is really black, thus it creates a wonderfully perfect screen.

Filters: Filters allow you to change the look of an image or layer simply by choosing the desired look from the menu options and configuring any dialog boxes that appear.

Flattening: Like merging, flattening an image combines all of the layers into a single layer.

Flow: Used to specify how quickly paint is applied when using a Brush tool like the Airbrush. A heavier flow lays on more paint more quickly; a lower flow lays on less.

Font: Used to create text. Fonts are categorized by family, style, size, and other attributes.

Foreground color: The foreground color can be configured from the toolbox. The foreground color is used when paint tools are chosen and when Fill and Stroke tools are selected. When using a brush or the Paint Bucket tool, the foreground color will be applied. The foreground color is also used by some of the special effect filters.

Frequency: Use this option with the Lasso tools to determine at what frequency or how often anchor points are added as you trace around the object. Values from 0 to 100 can be used, and higher values add more anchor (fastening) points. Frequency is available when using the Pen tool too, with values ranging from 5 to 40.

This post is part of the series: Photoshop Terms from A to Z – A Glossary

Learn common and obscure terms used by Adobe Photoshop in this A-to-Z series.
  1. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “A”
  2. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “B”
  3. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “C”
  4. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “C” – Continued
  5. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “D”
  6. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “E”
  7. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “F”
  8. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “G”
  9. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “H”
  10. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “I”
  11. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “J” and “K”
  12. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “L”
  13. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “M”
  14. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “N”
  15. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “O”
  16. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “P”
  17. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “P” – Continued
  18. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “P” – Final
  19. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “R”
  20. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “S”
  21. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “S” – Continued
  22. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “T”
  23. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “T” – Continued
  24. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “U” and “V”
  25. A Glossary of Photoshop Terms – “W”, “Y”, and “Z”