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How to use Photoshop Filters to Improve Images (step by step)

Most photographic filters have a specific application and purpose (such as a Polarizing filter that reduces the brightness and high light of the image) and some have only an artistic aspect (such as color filters).

If your goal is to add color filters, you should know that Photoshop has a lot of filters for this that you can easily use in the photo editing step. Of course, some color filters can also have a practical aspect and slightly correct the image.


Try never to change the pixel of the photo. If you open the filter directly on the photo, the pixel of the photo will change automatically, so it is better to use Smart Filters. The filter applied to the Smart Object layer is called the Smart Filter. So before you start editing the photo, turn the desired layer into a Smart Object.

Note: You may not be able to convert all filters to smart filters because of your Photoshop version.


1- Filter Gallery

With the help of gallery filter in Photoshop, you can use different filters. Just follow the path Filter <Filter Gallery in the menu to open different filters on the side of the page.

After selecting one or more filters, you can easily apply it to the photo.


2- Adaptive Wide Angle Filter

In the filter menu, by selecting this option, you can correct the deviations created by wide-angle lenses or fish eyes. You can also use this filter to smooth out the curved lines created in panoramic photos.

To smooth the lines, just click on the left side of the photo and drag it to the far right. This creates a blue line that allows you to smooth out the curved lines of the photo.


This filter has several other uses:

  • Correction of curved lines and deviations created by Fisheye lenses
  • Perspective correction
  • Modify 360-degree panoramic photos
  • Auto-correction of images



3- Lens Correction Filter

This filter corrects many distortions in the image, such as those created by wide-angle lenses or fisheye lenses. You can also smooth out the curved lines of the photo. One of the good features of this filter is that the corrections can be made manually or automatically.


This filter has several other uses:

  • Correction of geometric deviations created by fisheye lenses
  • Color aberrations that may occur around the main subject of the photo
  • Create a Vignette effect
  • Selecting this filter opens a section called Transform on the Photoshop screen that allows you to change the horizontal and vertical perspective of the photo, flip the photo, or correct camera shake.


4- Liquify filter

Lokifa filter is one of the most widely used filters in Photoshop and can change image pixels with it. You may have used a Lokifa filter before to make your subject fat and thin, but this is not the only use.

Forward Warp Tool Lokifa filter is one of the most popular tools. To use this tool, it is better to make the brush size a little bigger, the brush pressure less (for small details) or more (for large details).

In the photo below, the shape of the kiwi has been modified with the help of this tool.


5- Vanishing Point filter

This perspective filter merges one image with another. For example, if you want to add a photo frame to the wall, this filter helps to make the perspective of the photo frame and the wall the same.


6- Third-Party filter

Photoshop has hundreds of Third-Party filters that you can easily apply to your photos.


With the help of these filters, you can turn photos into creative and professional photos in a short time, the Nik Collection, Topaz and ON1 are examples of these filters.




Photoshop has several filters that you can use to edit your photos professionally, so use as many filters as you can to make your photos unique.