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Blending Options for Photoshop Smart Filters

Greetings & Salutations!

I hope everyone had a wonderful week. Today I have a quick tip regarding Photoshop Smart Filters. In my travels I’ve met many folks who use Smart Filters, and they enjoy the ability to non-destructively apply filters. The capability to adjust filter settings and/or mask a filter provide for a number of creative possibilities. However, I’m surprised at the number of folks who don’t know that Smart Filters also have blending options.

Icon to show smart filter settings.

1. Notice the icon to edit Smart Filter blending options. Double-click on the icon to open the dialogue control.

Smart Filters Options Dialogue

2. In the blending options dialogue you can now adjust opacity on the entire filter INSTEAD of adjusting the layer mask. You can also set various blend mode options. In this case, with an Unsharp Mask filter applied, the blend mode has been changed to Luminosity to prevent color shifting in the image.

Next time you apply a Smart Filter give the blending options a try. Have a great weekend everyone!


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3 Comments on Blending Options for Photoshop Smart Filters

  1. Daniel thomassin // 22/02/2013 at 7:59 pm //

    Un grand Merci pour se post je ne connaissait pas cet fonction.
    Bon weekend à tous.

  2. Daniel – Vous êtes les bienvenus. Je suis heureux que vous avez trouvé l’information utile. *grin*

  3. jesus // 06/09/2017 at 4:27 am //

    daniel – you’re amazing, quee3e3eeeee3een *grin* xoxo – jesus

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