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Filters and Effects

Sure, you can paint and retouch and composite within Photoshop, but you know as well as we do that the most fun comes from playing with filters. But if you're like most people, you could make filter-fooling a lot more fun. Here are some methods we've found useful.

Tip

Float Before Filtering. Standard protocol leads people to make a selection, then choose a filter from one of the Filter submenus. We suggest adding one step to the process: copy the selection to a new layer first (Command-J). Doing so gives you much more flexibility in how the filter is applied. For instance, once the filter is applied on the new layer, you can move it, change its blending mode, run an additional filter, soften the effect by lowering the layer's opacity, and so on. Best of all, you don't damage your original pixels until you're sure you've got the effect exactly right. If you don't like what you've done, you can undo, or just delete the entire layer.

Similarly, if you're going to run a filter on a whole layer, consider duplicating the layer first. It's safer, and much more flexible.



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