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P: Improve legacy filters with larger image previews, before and after, split images

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 28, 2011 May 28, 2011

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Part of the success of Photoshop was the integrated and additional plug-ins it could have.But most of the built-in filters in Photoshop feel antiquated by their interface, even the mondo ones (Filter gallery, Liquify, Camera Raw...) have some limitations, and do not act like others. I'm using more and more After Effects, and I love the fact that the filters have their own panel, where one can search for a filter.Combined to this I'd like to borrow an idea from Lightroom: have the image be the full preview of the filters, with a before and after view, or a split image, where one could move a slider to review the effects of the plug-ins. Heck, this should work with history!

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Adobe Employee , Apr 12, 2012 Apr 12, 2012
Check out what we've done with Blur Gallery filters and the new and improved Lighting Effects in CS6. On canvas previews and dialog-less interfaces.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 06, 2012 Mar 06, 2012

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Some of the filter windows don't resize, and the preview is much too small to see the results, resulting in the need to select some settings at random and see how it looks, undo it and start over. Sometimes it's necessary to do this several times before getting the settings you like. An example is the Render > Lense Flare. The preview image is impossible to use, especially if you are working on a wide image like a pano. Would be fantastic if we could resize the filter panel in order to have a larger image preview.

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Apr 12, 2012 Apr 12, 2012

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Check out what we've done with Blur Gallery filters and the new and improved Lighting Effects in CS6.

On canvas previews and dialog-less interfaces.


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Jul 01, 2012 Jul 01, 2012

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Yes, this new interface/framework seems the ideal basis for many filters. I'd need the ability to show underlying layers, like in liquify.

The fact that we can add panels from the "regular interface" is useful.

The on-image control would be a perfect fit for the ages-long request to have radial blur have immediate feedback, and be able to control the origin point, reach and strenght.

It would be a good timing to open the creative possibilities for some other filters that are "stuck" in one direction: wind, charcoal, or have limited controls, like graphic pen.

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Jul 01, 2012 Jul 01, 2012

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Jeffrrey,
the new blur gallery UI is great! Please give this UI to ACR as well!!!

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Oct 18, 2016 Oct 18, 2016

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The popup box you get when selecting a FILTER (eg blur, noise etc) is an extremely poor user experience.  The preview window is far too small, and it defaults to 100% zoom, so all you see is a tiny area of the screen.  This is made even worse if you have a layer selected that only has a small footprint and sits off to one side, - well outside of the preview window.  In this case you have to click 'zoom-out' multiple times before you can even find your selection, and then carry on clicking a combination of drag & zoom-in to get close enough to see what you're doing.   This is pathetic!!

Give us a much larger preview window, and make it a LOT easier & quicker to see the selection.
In fact,... why not give it them same tools as the new Blur Gallery, with large preview and dynamic controls?

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Feb 02, 2017 Feb 02, 2017

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For the distort-wave tool, the preview is very small and there's no way to enlarge the preview (unless I'm missing something). When using the liquify tool, for example, you can enlarge the preview as much as you want so you can see the details. Is there any way that can be changed?

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Explorer ,
Oct 26, 2021 Oct 26, 2021

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The year is almost 2022 but Adobe still can't do bigger or scalable preview windows for legacy filters like gausaian blur and others. Maybe it was enough when screen resolutions was 800x600 or 1024x768 but now on 4K screens it is like post stamp. Some filters yopu have to work blind because you can see literally nothing like for example in "wave" filter when you want apply bigger numbers.

 

If someone find those filters unusefull or outdated it would be just better to remove it from Photoshop and replace with some new fancy filters. Otherwise make bigger preview widnows Adobe!

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Oct 27, 2021 Oct 27, 2021

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Some filters don't even have previews and require lots of experimentation (time) to find the right setting.

 

A perfect example is the Displace filter.

(Filter>Distort>Displace)

 

Other filters in need of previews are Filter>Pixelate>Color Halftone, Filter>Stylize>Tiles, Filter>Stylize>Extrude and Filter>Video>De-Interlace.

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