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Add a nondestructive Lens Flare to your image (CS/CS2/CS3/CS4)

Added on Tuesday 17th of March 2009 12:48 am EST


Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows



If you’re like us, you’re always looking for ways to preserve your image’s pixels. Until Photoshop CS3’s Smart Filters debut, filtering in nondestructive ways was almost impossible—unless you had a few tricks up your sleeve. Because we realize that not everyone upgrades, we’ll keep those workaround tips coming. For instance, ever wonder how to apply the Lens Flare filter to an image without altering the original image?

If you apply the Lens Flare filter to an image layer and then decide later that you don’t like the filter, retouching your photo back to its original state would be a nightmare fit for Friday the thirteenth. But you can avoid bad dreams about image editing when you use this workaround.


To apply the Lens Flare filter nondestructively:

1.   Create a new layer and position it above the layer to which you wish to apply the Lens Flare filter.

2.   Rename this new layer Lens Flare.

3.   Fi...


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