Harald Heim’s FilterHub looks like a cool way to run filters (enabling multi-layer application of filters, creation of Smart Objects, and more).
According to the product page, the panel lets you:
- Run filters fast and conveniently (e.g. with a double click) without navigating the Filter menu
- Apply the last effect of any filter (not just the last used one) without displaying its dialog
- Paint or erase filter effects with the brush tool
- Favorites list for quickly running your preferred filters and plugins
- Display either all filters, only third party plugins or filters that match a search string
- Run multiple filters (from the favorites list) with one click
- Apply a filter on multiple layers in one pass
- Even better: Run multiple filters on multiple layers with a single operation
- Apply all filters to smart objects, even those filters that normally do not support it.
- If a filter does not support an image mode, the image is converted to a supported mode.
- Before running a filter it can automatically create a duplicated layer, a merged copy of all layers (stamped layer), a smart object or flatten the image.
- Visit the homepage of a selected filter (only in Photoshop CS5/CS6)
The panel costs $39.95, or $24.95 for students.
2 thoughts on “FilterHub utility enhances Photoshop's filter chops”
Looks very fine, indeed…
It seems like I’m the only one that would want to be able to control the blending modes when changing the filters settings 🙁
Maybe should I post a feature request on their forum… like I did for Photoshop: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/photoshop_fade_blend_modes_opacity_built_in_the_filters_interface?from_gsfn=true
I always since i first tried after effects wonder why the heck photoshop didn’t do something similar with the way you search and apply filters…
The way you can find filters are just so much more smart…
All i have to know is the name of a effect and i can find it quick,,
And another filter thing, I wonder when the time for a good preview of some effects will come. Like if i choose filter > blur > motion blur, i get this tiny preview window.. i can zoom in with these plus and minus buttons.. It’s really amazing that this menu navigation is still here.. in 2012.
I think the PS team should give this UI a major rework.
I understand that when it was build filter was very cpu heavy and a small preview was needed..