Another related problem shows itself with the Clouds filter (Filter Clouds).
Normally you would expect the clouds to be rendered in the foreground and background colors, but with a 16-bit file you always get black and white: Here’s how to solve both of these problems very quickly: change the bit depth of your file from 16 bits per channel to 8 bits per channel by selecting Image 8 Bits/Channel. 1) We covered Smart Filters and Smart Objects in some detail awhile back – if you need a refresher, please see my earlier tutorials: Smarter Editing with Smart Objects Smart Objects, Raw Flexibility Smart Objects, Smarter Filters (this tutorial describes Smart Filters and how they work) And, for even more in-depth studies of Smart Objects: Picture Package with Smart Objects Exposure Blending with Smart Objects Nested Smart Objects – (Part 1) – (Part 2) Max Stacks with Photoshop Noise Reduction with Smart Object Stack Modes Creative Stacking Diversions Stay tuned next week as we continue to attack common problems in Photoshop.
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If you’ve got a problem that’s stumped you, or an annoyance you’d like to see resolved, add a comment at the end of this article, and we’ll see if we can work it in! So let’s start with that all-too-common ailment: Problem: “” The good news is, there most likely isn’t anything wrong – we just need to make a few adjustments to the file with which we’re working.
In fact, the answer most likely is staring us in the face, right beside the menu: Yes indeed, we are working with a file that has 16 bits per channel, clearly displayed as “RGB/16” in the caption bar of the image.
This is the single most common reason for the filters to be greyed out.
The next time you open the RAW file, ACR will use the adjustments stored in the lose the for that file and you start over.
To open a RAW image .cr2 files, for example in Photoshop and use Adobe Camera RAW normally just double-clicking on the icon should open in the Adobe Camera Raw dialog box.