yeah. mainly on filters i only use the "grain/noise" filter at maximum of 40% the other filters don't seem to do anything to help images. other effects are like overlay or layer multiply or a combination of linework and blur like what i do with dinosaurs now where i draw in the scales in overlay and then blur them to give that "scaled" effect. so it's a lot of playing around. and finally know how to do rain! was like one of the final things i needed to learn so i wouldn't have any images blocked from my abilities of options.
Thatīs very cool! The more you experiment the more things you find that suits your needs and style. What works for some donīt nesesarily works for everyone, you need to find what works best for what you plan on doing. In my case for example, I would do rain by simply drawing white rain drops and splashes on a separate layer (above layers that are gonna be affected by it) and then just play with opacity till I get the effect desired. But there should be tons of ways for doing it and thereīs not necesarily a "right one" just the "best" for you!
That sounds like a very cool way to do it too, just like I said, the right way to do it is the way that works best for you! Thanks to programs like Photoshop thereīs tons of different ways to get awesome effects for your illust, but I also think we souldnīt leave everything to digital effects, itīs also cool to draw some stuff the old fashion way to keep the drawing skills at top level!
well do notice all my crosshatching and shading is still done by hand. since my photoshop is really old i can only rely on it digitally so much. i can't even do linework on it practically. so a lot of my stuff is by hand.