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Step One:
Open an image in Photoshop that you’d
like to apply multiple fi lters to. Choose
Filter>Sketch>Halftone Pattern. This will
open the Filter Gallery dialog with your Half-
tone Pattern fi lter applied to the image. On
the left is the preview of what your image
will look like after the fi lter is applied. In
the center is a list of all the fi lters that you
can apply in this dialog, listed by category.
On the top right are the settings for each
lter and on the bottom right is where you’ll
see the effect layers for each fi lter you add
here. When it comes to the actual fi lters,
nothing has changedthey still have the
same settings as they always had. But how
you apply them is a lot easier now.
Step Two:
Click the small, right-facing triangle next
to any category to expand it and see
which fi lters are available under it. Click
once on any other fi lter to see what it
looks like. You’ll see the preview change
on the left to refl ect what your image will
look like with that fi lter, and you’ll see
the settings for that fi lter appear on the
right side. Go back to Halftone Pattern
for this example, though.
When the Filter Gallery was introduced back in Photoshop CS, it
didn’t make that big of a splash. Many people didn’t even know
it was there. At fi rst, it was just this huge dialog that took up a
lot of space. After I started using it, though, I realized how much
time it saved me because now I didn’t have to apply 10 different
lters separately. Even better, I didn’t have to guess how those
10 fi lters would look once applied. The Filter Gallery lets you
build your multiple fi lter effects visually.
Press Command-F (PC: Control-F) to
quickly reapply the last fi lter you ran
with the same exact settings.
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Step Three:
Okay, so that’s all great but you probably
already knew how to apply a fi lter in
Photoshop. However, you can add (or just
preview) another fi lter without ever closing
this dialog. At the bottom right of the Filter
Gallery dialog, click the New Effect Layer
icon to add another fi lter effect layer. It
will be a duplicate of whichever fi lter is
already there.
Step Four:
To change the new effect layer to another
lter, we’re going to expand the Artistic
category. Click on Neon Glow. This
changes the effect to Neon Glow and
displays the settings on the right. You’ll
also see the effects of adding this fi lter
in the preview area on the left.
Step Five:
Repeat Step Three and Step Four to add as
many fi lters as youd like. If you want to hide
a speci c fi lter from the list to see what the
overall image will look like, just click the Eye
icon next to the fi lter effect layer.
Press Command-Option-F (PC: Control-
Alt-F) to apply the last used fi lter but also
open the dialog so you can adjust the
The Photoshop CS2 Speed Clinic chapter 9
Step Six:
You can also change the stacking order
of the fi lters, which essentially changes
the order in which they’re applied, by
clicking-and-dragging them up and down
in the list just as you would a layer in the
Layers palette.
Step Seven:
If you want to delete an effect layer, just
click once on it to select it and then click
on the Trash icon at the bottom right of
the dialog.
You can fade a fi lter’s effects if you
choose Edit>Fade, or press Command-
Shift-F (PC: Control-Shift-F), immediately
after you apply the fi lter. This also works
for adjustments, and even brush strokes
and retouching tools.

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