Graphics Programs Reference
5. Double-click its name, Smart Sharpen, in the Smart Filter list.
Reduce the amount of sharpening for the filter, and then close
its dialog box.
6. Choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and apply a blur at a
high value, such as 15 pixels. Click OK to apply the filter. The
filter appears at the top of the Smart Filters list.
Smart Filters can also use blending modes, which opens many
7. Double-click the Edit Blending Options icon next to the filter
in the Layers panel.
A Blending Options window opens to adjust the filter.
8. Set the filter's blending mode to Soft Light, and adjust the
Opacity to 80%.
9. Click OK to close the Blending Options window and update
the Smart Filter.
The blended Gaussian Blur filter has nicely intensified the
color in the image but has also softened the image a little too
much. This can be fixed easily by adjusting the Smart Filters
10. Drag the Smart Sharpen filter so it appears at the top of the
Smart Filter list. Remember that Photoshop applies Smart
Filters from the bottom up.
11. Continue to experiment with Smart Filters and add additional
12. When you're satisfied, close the photo. You can save it if you'd
like to a local drive.
Smart Filters Only Where You Want Them
Smart Filters automatically have a Layer Mask attached. If you make a
selection before applying a Smart Filter, the Layer Mask will hide the filter's
results. If you need to alter the Smart Filter after the fact, you can use
standard masking techniques to paint on the Smart Filter mask. The mask
applies to all the Smart Filters applied to a layer. If you need to disable the
Layer Mask, hold down the Shift key and click its thumbnail.
Masking Smart Filters