Way to use NIK non-destructively with GIMP or other?

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StephaneB Contributing Member • Posts: 963
Re: Way to use NIK non-destructively with GIMP or other?

Steve Bingham wrote:

OK. Thanks. After 25+ years with PS, I don't even have Elements on my computer. So layers in Elements won't support filters? How weird.

Photoshop has adjustments and it has filters. A curve is an adjustment and sharpening is a filter.

Adjustment layers, like their name indicates, can only be based on adjustments, not on filters. You have a curve adjustment layer, but regrettably you cannot have a sharpening adjustment layer.

However, you can use sharpening as a smart filter, which allows you to go and revisit the sharpening settings.

Plugins act as filters and cannot be put in adjustment layers because, well, they are not adjustments. But they can be put in smart filters, allowing to go and revisit the settings you put in the plugin.

Photoshop Elements does not have smart filters.

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