Live Filter layers offer another method of adding creative effects to your file. When added, they can be moved etc. in the same way Adjustment layers. A thing to notice however, is that when loaded they are joined to the top layer only. In AF speak that’s referred to as becoming a ‘Child Layer’; don’t ask! Anyway, you can work with the Live Filter joined just to the top layer in your stack or you can drag it to the top of the stack so as to affect all layers. To move any layer fist click on the thumbnail image (not the title) and while holding down the mouse, move it to the next desired position until you see a blue line appear. Remember you can do this with any layer in the stack.
In the screen shot below you’ll see that I’ve added a ‘Clarity’ live filter which when it first appeared was joined to the ‘Brightness / Contract layer; I simply dragged it to the top of the stack. Again they come ready named and each one can have a very noticeable change to an image. They are non-destructive and can be turned on or off, moved, copied or deleted. This blog is too short to describe the effects of all the Live layers so I encourage you to experiment.
Notice that when you feel the need to add some sharpening to your image, go to the ‘Unsharp Live Filter’ and adjust the top two layer mostly but be careful not to go overboard with the sliders. Well thanks again for reading and staying with me, in the next blog I’ll look at the ‘Text’ layer.
Thanks for reading
Terence Jones ARPS
A photography enthusiast with a long and varied interest in taking pictures.
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