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Applying a single filter is simple enough, but at times, you actually may want to apply multiple filters to an image, one on top of the other, in order to create an even more unique and creative interpretation of a photo. The filter gallery in Photoshop makes this possible. And in this lesson, we'll see how it's done. I need to be sure that I'm working with an 8-bit per channel image. So if I'm not, I'll want to create a copy of the image and convert it to the 8-bit per channel mode. But in this case I am working with an 8-bit image, so I can simply apply my filter effect.
I want to do so as a Smart filter. So I'll make sure my background image layer is selected, and then choose Filter, Convert for Smart Filters, from the menu. I'll click OK to confirm, and my background image layer has now been converted to a smart object. Now, to access the filter gallery I will choose Filter, Filter Gallery, from the menu. This will bring up the Filter Gallery. I'll adjust my zoom setting here, so that I can see the entire image, and then I can expand the individual sections of the filter gallery to see the various filters that are available.
When I see a filter effect I'd like to add to the image for example in this case maybe I'll add angled strokes, I can then adjust the individual settings for that particular filter, over on the right side. So, for example, I might want to adjust my stroke length, and perhaps the sharpness. You'll see that I'm previewing the effect in the actual image, but it doesn't stop there. In addition to being able to apply a filter and refine the settings for that filter, I can actually stack multiple filters.
So, I'll go ahead and click the New Layer button, at the bottom right of the filter gallery dialog, and this will duplicate the current filter. I can then choose a different filter effect. So, for example, let's take a look at Spatter. And then I can adjust the settings for Spatter for that particular filter. I'll go ahead and increase the Spray Radius, maybe increase Smoothness. And now, if I turn off Spatter by clicking on the Eye Icon, you'll see the before version without Spatter, and then the after version with Spatter.
Similarly, I could turn off angled strokes, and see the effect of only Spatter. Or turn off Spatter to see the original image. I can move back and forth between these various filter effects. And in fact, I can stack yet more. I'll go ahead and add a third, just so we can get a better sense here. Once again, it will duplicate the current layer, the current filter effect. And in this case maybe we'll go find something a little bit more dramatic. I'll expand the Distort section here, and maybe add the Glass or Ocean Ripple. Yeah, Ocean Ripple's looking pretty interesting here. I'll increase the ripple size, and perhaps increase the magnitude. Nah, that's starting to look a little odd.
Think I'll reduce the magnitude. That's looking pretty good. I can also change the order of my filter effects, so if I want one in particular to sort of take precedence, I can drag it to the top of the stack. The filters will be applied in the order they appear here, with the bottom layer being applied first, followed by the next layer up, and then the top layer will be applied last. I like the effect I'm getting here, but of course, I could continue going through any of my filters and adjusting the settings for each of them, as I see fit, and when I'm happy final effect, I can simply click the OK button. Because I applied these filter effects as a smart filter, I can go back to the filter gallery at any time to refine my adjustments, the filter effects that I've applied.
To do so, underneath the Smart Filters Object on the layers panel, I can double click Filter Gallery, and that will bring up the Filter Gallery. I can then choose any of the filters that I've applied, and change the settings for that particular filter. There we go. That looks a little bit better, I think. And I'll go ahead and OK to apply the final effect. One of the things I enjoy most about the filter gallery, is that it allows me to explore and experiment as I look for just the right effect for a photo. Quite often, the final effect is something I would have never thought of, if I hadn't been able to use this great feature.
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