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Chapter 7. Filters and Effects > Applying Filters and Effects

Applying Filters and Effects

Depending on the filter or effect you choose and the size of your image, your computer can take a while to apply and display these changes. Of course, computing power increases dramatically every year, along with the typical amount of RAM installed in most new machines. Both the speed of your processor and amount of RAM contribute to faster processing of these transformations. Fortunately, almost all of the filters include a preview window, which allows you to see the result of the filter before you decide to apply it to your image.

Effects don’t include a preview window, but you’ll find useful examples of each effect on the Effects palette, as well as in the effects gallery later in this chapter. For many filters and effects, a good approach is to select a small area of your image and apply the change to see the results—that way, you don’t waste a lot of time waiting for your computer to process changes to the entire image. The exceptions are effects like Frames or Photo Corners, where the effect is designed to be applied to your entire image. A few effects (such as the Cutout and Recessed frame effects) require you to make a selection before you can apply the effect.


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