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Chapter 17. Workflow > Step 13—Creative Effects

Step 13—Creative Effects

Now that we have an immaculate, perfectly adjusted image, the sky is the limit as far as where you can take it with creative techniques. You can combine images into an interesting collage, use blending modes to create special effects, apply filters to distort or stylize the image. Since we covered those ideas in the last few chapters, I'm not going to talk about any specific techniques, but will instead talk about some of the challenges you might encounter.

All of Photoshop's filters can only affect a single layer, which means you should either duplicate the retouching layer (or the original image layer if you haven't performed any retouching) and then apply the filter (it's okay that Adjustment Layers are applied to the result of the filter). Or, you'll need to merge a copy of all the layers that make up your image, leaving the originals underneath so you can always trash the filtered layer and get back to the original image pieces. To create what's often referred to as a merged visible duplicate, create a new layer, place it at the top of the layers stack and then hold Option (Mac) or Alt (Windows) and choose Merge Visible from the side menu of the Layers palette. I usually name the merged copy with the name of the filter that I applied along with any setting related to the filter so I can remember how the effect was created just in case I need to make changes later and need to recreate that effect.


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