PS3: smart filters and layer mask

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Jean-Michel LEON-FOUN-LIN, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. Hello,

    first excuse me if this is a basic or already treated question.

    I often use the technique of the two combined images to increase my
    pictures' dynamic range. I have the two photos as two layers in an image
    in PS. I add a layer mask to the top layer, I paint in the layer mask
    and, if necessary, I apply a gaussian blur to the layer mask to fade out
    the transition.

    I am experimenting with PS3's non-destructive smart filters. Now I would
    like to apply a non-destructive gaussian filter to my layer masks, not
    to the image layer but to the layer mask linked to it. I don't want the
    image blurred but the mask, with the new smart filters.

    How can I do that?
     
    Jean-Michel LEON-FOUN-LIN, Apr 9, 2007
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  2. Jean-Michel LEON-FOUN-LIN

    ronviers Guest

    Hi,
    You can achieve the results you are after by moving your mask to a new
    layer above your working layer then invert it and set it to screen
    blend mode then apply your smart filter to the new layer. I think this
    will give you effectively the smart mask you're looking for. I do not
    have CS3 three to test it though.

    Good luck,
    Ron
     
    ronviers, Apr 9, 2007
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  3. Jean-Michel LEON-FOUN-LIN

    ronviers Guest

    Hi,
    You can achieve the results you are after by moving your mask to a new
    layer above your working layer then invert it and set it to screen
    blend mode then apply your smart filter to the new layer. I think this
    will give you effectively the smart mask you're looking for. I do not
    have CS3 three to test it though.

    Good luck,
    Ron
     
    ronviers, Apr 9, 2007
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  4. Why not use the "Merge to HDR" feature, both in CS2 and (faster) in
    CS3. You don't have to worry about masks and can use many more than
    two pictures to archive an extremely high dynamic range.

    I hope this helps,

    Mike
     
    Michael Riddle, Apr 12, 2007
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  5. Jean-Michel LEON-FOUN-LIN

    HTech Guest

    Save your mask as a channel, that way you can always reload it.

    H
     
    HTech, Apr 14, 2007
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