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Using the Filter Gallery

The Filter Gallery is a very useful way to be able to apply filters and see an immediate preview of the effect without changing the original image. You can also use the Filter Gallery to try applying combinations of filters (see pages 284–291 for some examples of how you can combine filters), rearranging the order in which you combine them, and deleting effects.

Launching the Filter Gallery

  1. To launch the Filter Gallery, go to Filter > Filter Gallery.

  2. A large dialog box appears (see below) with a preview of your image on the left and the filter options on the right.
  3. The filters that are available for you to apply using the Filter Gallery are displayed in groups—you can click the triangle next to the group name to display them.
  4. To apply a filter, click to select it. In this example, the Palette Knife filter is applied.
  5. You can change the settings for the filter on the right; the preview will update accordingly.
  6. Once you’re happy with your choice, click OK to apply the effect.

Photoshop’s Filter Gallery dialog box provides quick access to many of the program’s filters.

Combining Filters Using the Filter Gallery

You can apply several filters using the Filter Gallery to preview what the combinations will look like.

  1. Go to Filter > Filter Gallery.
  2. To add a new filter effect, click the New effect layer button under the filter settings.
  3. Choose the filter you want to apply. It will combine with the first filter effect you have already applied. You can click on different filters to see which combination you prefer.
  4. You can add other filter effects by clicking the New effect layer button.
  5. You will find that the effect of combining the filters changes when you rearrange the filters by dragging them up or down to change their order (see below).
  6. To delete a filter effect, select it and click the Delete effect layer button under the filter settings area.



This image has a combination of three filters applied in the order shown below. Notice the different effect created by changing the order, as has happened in the image to the right.

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