I'm adjusting a photographic image and am using both a filter effect and a layer style in the same layer on a Smart Object. I want to separate the two effects into two layers, so one layer has the filter effect (Nik) and one layer has the layer style (Color Overlay) (with the goal of merging/rasterizing the Nik filter effect with the Smart Object but keeping the layer style unmerged). I can make two layers and move one effect without problem, but the visual result of each effect on a separate layer is quite different from having both effects in the same layer. The Blend Mode for all my layers is Normal. Within the Color Overlay panel, the blend mode is Linear Burn.
I don't understand why the visual result is different. I'm not an advanced user of Photoshop, so maybe I'm missing something. This is a trial of CS6 that I'm using.
Layer 1: a layer style and a filter effect, stacked
looks very different from....
Layer 2: a layer style
Layer 1: a filter effect
If you want two separate layers, then on the duplicate layer with the Color Overlay layer style you might try different layer blending modes.
For example, below looks the same having the Color Overlay with linear burn on the second layer and changing the layers blend mode to Hue.
You could also put the layer in a group and apply the layer style to the group.
(i deleted the previous post because of pilot error)
Message was edited by: R_Kelly
Hi there, sorry for the delay in responding. Thanks for taking the time to duplicate my setup. I've run through your suggestions and retraced my steps and see my mistake; I blame it all on the syndrome Oscitation-Derived User Hallucinations (O-DUH). Also known as lack of sleep Thanks again for your help!
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