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Using the Fade Command

Photoshop's Fade command is a one-shot chance to change you mind. For example, you've just applied a Find Edges filter to an image. You like the look but the effect is too dramatic. What you really want to do is slowly fade the effect. Unfortunately filter effects don't fade; they are simply applied to the image. You could create a copy of the original layer, apply the effect to the copy, and then use Layer transparency and blending mode options to merge the effect to the image, but there's an easier way, and that's using the Fade command.

Use the Fade Command

Open a document.

Select the Layers palette, and then select the layer you want to apply a filter.

Click the Filters menu, and then click Filter Gallery.

Apply any of Photoshop's filters to the active image.

Click OK.

Click the Edit menu, and then click Fade. The Fade command includes the name of the applied filter.

IMPORTANT The Fade command must be executed before performing any other command. Once you execute another command, the ability to modify the last filter is lost.

Change the Opacity and Mode settings until you see the effect you're after.

Click OK.


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