14. Maximizing Filters

Filters are among Photoshop’s most popular features. These specialized add-ons can be used to boost productivity or add special effects. Photoshop ships with over 100 built-in filters, and there is a rich array of others available from third-party developers. Filters are so popular that you’ll find more tutorials online than you could ever make it through in a lifetime.

Photoshop almost did not ship with filters, because many at Adobe thought they were too “gimmicky.” However, John Knoll, co-creator of Photoshop, managed to “sneak” them in. Those early execs were partially right, though: When used improperly (or too often), filters can be gimmicky. Think of filters like spices: When used properly, they can add to a meal, ...

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