CON­VERT TO SMART FIL­TERS

Digital SLR Photography - - Editing Skills -

Typ­i­cally, when you use a fil­ter in Pho­to­shop, it is ap­plied di­rectly to the im­age layer, and there­fore can­not be un­done, or ad­justed at a later stage. While you can use the Undo func­tion, what hap­pens if you use a fil­ter, ap­ply lots of other ed­its and then de­cide later that you don’t like the orig­i­nal fil­ter? You'll be wav­ing good­bye to all of those ed­its and will prob­a­bly have to start again. This is where Smart Fil­ters come in. With your im­age layer ac­tive in the Lay­ers pal­ette, go to Fil­ter> Con­vert for Smart Fil­ters. The thumb­nail in the Lay­ers pal­ette will dis­play an icon over it, but the big dif­fer­ence is that when you ap­ply a fil­ter it will now show un­der­neath your im­age layer. And, by dou­ble- click­ing on the fil­ter in the Lay­ers pal­ette, you can ad­just it at any time, or delete it al­to­gether. You may no­tice that some of the fil­ters aren’t avail­able as Smart Fil­ters, and will be greyed out. These in­clude Van­ish­ing Point, Lens Blur, Flame, Pic­ture Frame and Tree.

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