Image Adjustments as Smart Filters in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

After converting layer(s) to Smart Objects, applying Image > Adjustments > (xxx), adds the adjustment as a Smart Filter. This can be helpful when the same mask is needed for all adjustments (although you could also achieve this by placing all adjustments within a Layer Group and adding the mask to the group).

Available adjustments are: Brightness/Contrast, Levels, Curves, Exposure, Vibrance, Hue/Saturation, Color Balance, Black and White, Photo Filter, Channel Mixer, Color Lookup, Invert, Posterize, Threshold, Gradient Map, Selective Color, and Shadows/Highlights. 

Available adjustments are: Brightness/Contrast, Levels, Curves, Exposure, Vibrance, Hue/Saturation, Color Balance, Black and White, Photo Filter, Channel Mixer, Color Lookup, Invert, Posterize, Threshold, Gradient Map, Selective Color, and Shadows/Highlights.

I would be curious to know how (if) you are using this feature…


Adobe Photoshop

Posted on 11-10-2015


Comments

  • By Larry Compton - 6:04 AM on November 10, 2015  

    Use it all the time, particularly when working with video in Ps. Keep up the great work Julienne, thanks!

  • By Jim Roberts - 6:13 AM on November 10, 2015  

    I am aware of this. I convert to smart object when using plugins so I can go back and adjust the plugin as needed. It works well when you want to apply a sharpening or tonal contrast to only part of the image. It would make sense to make a copy of the smart object if you want to apply filters to different parts of the image.

  • By pjgodier - 9:22 AM on November 11, 2015  

    Yes I use it.
    Thanks for your work Julieanne.

  • By Bill Howser - 12:58 AM on November 12, 2015  

    Use layer groups with mask… allow multi/different masks for each filter…