P: Filter > Render > Lighting Effects - Improvements

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Oct 01, 2011 Oct 01, 2011

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This filter is a wonderful filter and I have been able to achieve some amazing effects using it. Yet there are a couple of improvements that could be made.

First when applying the filter you get a dialog box that has a preview with the ability to adjust settings and where the lights are placed. This would be easier to use if the preview was larger or better yet full screen like you see with the Lens Correction or Liquefy filters.

Secondly, unless I am applying a lighting only to one layer I like to apply it last to the overall picture by creating a layer and choosing "Apply Image." Yet after I finalize the lighting I realize that I need to correct a mistake or make a change and I must make the change then go through the process again to apply the lighting. It would be wonderful to be able to use the lighting filter as am adjustment layer or something similar. Thus as you are creating and working with the photo you can adjust the lighting as you go and see the effects as you create.

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Adobe Employee , Apr 12, 2012 Apr 12, 2012
These improvements have been made in Photoshop CS6. Lighting Effects works in 64bit leveraging 3D and your computer's graphics card for fast on canvas previews. (no more tiny previews)

Here's a nice demo of the new Lighting Effects functionality in Photoshop CS6 beta:

http://www.lynda.com/home/Player.aspx...

Using the new Lighting Effects filter
Photoshop CS6 Beta Preview | by Deke McClelland
View this entire course and more in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.

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Oct 02, 2011 Oct 02, 2011

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»It would be wonderful to be able to use the lighting filter as am adjustment layer or something similar.«
Filters are different from Adjustment Layers; they can change a pixel based on a number of other pixels, while Adjustments change each pixel based on its individual values alone.
Have you tried converting the whole Layer stack to a Smart Object and applying the Filter as a Smart Filter? (Personally I don’t like that Filter much, so I have never tried that myself.)

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 12, 2012 Apr 12, 2012

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These improvements have been made in Photoshop CS6. Lighting Effects works in 64bit leveraging 3D and your computer's graphics card for fast on canvas previews. (no more tiny previews)

Here's a nice demo of the new Lighting Effects functionality in Photoshop CS6 beta:

http://www.lynda.com/home/Player.aspx...

Using the new Lighting Effects filter
Photoshop CS6 Beta Preview | by Deke McClelland
View this entire course and more in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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Compliments, it looks like the Filter has been much improved.

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