I find that I use Photoshop’s filters to solve lots of problems.  Whether its defocussing a problem selection or running a dramatic adjustment like Topaz Adjust.  Often times I want to reuse a filter on a series of photos, getting identical or similar results as the previous image.  Here are useful shortcuts when working with filters in Photoshop (built-in or third-party).

Repeat the previous filter:

  • Command+F (Ctrl+F)
  • Runs the last filter again with the previously used vales. No dialog box opens.
  • Mac Think “I command the filter to run again”
  • PC Think “I control the filter to run again”

Reopen previous filter with same settings loaded

  • Command+Option+F (Ctrl+Alt+F)
  • Opens the last filter dialog box with previously used values loaded.Can adjust then apply it.
  • Mac Think “I want command the last filter, but with options to adjust”
  • PC Think “I want control the last filter, but with alternatives to adjust”

Fade the previous filter:

This lets you adjust its opacity and blending mode to mix its results with the original image:

  • Command+Shift+F (Ctrl+Shift+F)
  • Must run immediately after a filter.  Let’s you mx back original with a fade amount as well as use blending modes.
  • Mac Think “I command the filter to fade and blend”
  • PC Think  “I control how the filter fades and blends”

Trust me… these are useful.


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  1. Cool. Those mnemonics totally work, too.


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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.




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