Photoshop Filter Gallery

Photoshop Filter Gallery

The Photoshop filter gallery provides a set of multiple filters that can be applied to your image. The filters can be turned on and off, you rest the options for the filters and change the order in which the filter is applied to the image. The filter is shown on preview before it is applied to the image. To access the filter option, click on the “Filter” button on the toolbar and then click on the “Photoshop Filter Gallery” and a table will appear to the right with a wide range of filters.

Photoshop not only has a wide variety of inbuilt filters but also can get third-party filters. Filters in Photoshop can do anything from changing the color to changing the entire outlook of the image. Filters can also improve the quality of an image. The Photoshop filter gallery helps us to preview what our image will look like once we put a particular filter on the image. Let us now see how we can use this tool          

How to Use Photoshop Filter Gallery

Filters can be applied to an entire layer or a smart object. Applying filters to a smart object will result in a non-destructive filter application. First, let see the steps to apply filters to the entire layer 

  • Select the image you want to put a filter on
  • Select the “Filter” button on the toolbar and open the “Filter Gallery”
  • Choose any filter you desire by clicking on them, you can see a preview of what you are choosing. 
  • Click on the “OK” button and the filter will be applied. 

Now let us the steps to add filters in a non-destructive way 

  • Right-click on the layer panel of the image
  • Click on the “Convert to Smart object”. You can also do this by clicking on the “Convert to smart filter” option on the “Filter Menu”. This will convert it to a smart object. 
  • Add a filter you want to the image, and it will be applied in a non-destructive way.

Filters We Have Access to in Photoshop Filter Gallery

Photoshop filter gallery has a list of filters for 16-bit and 32-bit documents. The filters are as follows: 

Photoshop Filter Gallery

Photoshop Filter gallery gives us access to a set of effects. We can preview all of these effects before applying them to the image. These filters only support 8-bit images. Click on the “Filter” option and go to the “Filter Gallery” to access these filters. The filters are organized in folders and can be used just by clicking on them. These filters are customizable with the menu that pops up when you click on the filter, just change the setting and click “OK” and your filter will be previewed. 

The Commonly Used Ones

Adaptive Wide Angle 
Adaptive Wide Angle 

The adaptive wide angle is used to improve images with a wide-angle, such as a panoramic image. You can access this in the “Filter” option, and it is just under the Filter Gallery option or you can just use the shortcut “Shift + Ctrl + A”.

 Lens Correction
 Lens Correction - Photoshop Filter Gallery

 This filter can be used if there are any disturbances on the image which was created by the lens of the camera. You can access it through the “Filter” option, or you can use the shortcut “Shift + Ctrl + R”. The lens correction filter has two options, Auto-correction which edits automatically, and “Custom” which has various settings, Geometric distortions, Chromatic Aberrations, Vignette, Transform. Each of which is used to correct disturbance in the image, correcting the color of the image, making the edges darker, and correcting the perspective of the image, respectively. 

Liquify - Photoshop Filter Gallery

This filter is used to correct any and shape of any part of the image. When you click on this filter in the Filter option, you will get two tools, one is the “Forward Warp” tool it moves the pixels around the image. The other tool is the “Reconstruct” tool, which reverses whatever you did with liquify filter. You can also access this with a shortcut, “Shift + Ctrl + X”. You can Access it using the Photoshop Filter Gallery too.

Oil Paint
Oil Paint

This filter transforms your image, which will essentially look like an oil painting. It creates the effects of a brushstroke, which gives the image the look of an oil painting. It can be accessed in the Filter option and is under the liquify filter.

Vanishing Point
Vanishing Point

This filter edits images that are in perspective. You can add a lot of elements to the image with this filter. You can specify the planes of an image, and you can do add painting, pasting, and much more. This filter is in the Filter option on the toolbar, or you can use the shortcut

 “Alt + Ctrl + V”.         

Blur Filter 
Blur Filter 

The blur filter acts just like the blur tool. It hides the pixels from an image and makes it look sharper. The blur tool has many varieties such as field blur, Irish blur, Gaussian blur. To access these just click on the filter button on the menu and select “Blur” under which you will find every type of blur tool.

Distort Filter 
Distort Filter 

The distorted filter can make your image look hand-painted, silk-screened, or sketched. Access this filter through the filter menu and select different types of filters such as Pinch, Displace, Polar coordinates, ripple, shear, spherize, Twirl, Wave, Zigzag.

Noise filter
Noise filter - Photoshop Filter Gallery

This filter adds or removes any type of noise to the image. You can access this filter in the filter menu in the toolbar. If you add noise to the image, it creates pixels in the image, which be adjusted with the “Amount” slider in the “Add Noise” menu. The pixels are distributed in two ways, “Uniform”, and “Gaussian” distribution, The uniform distribution, distributes the pixels in a very fine manner. Whereas the Gaussian distribution distributes in a Spackle way. You will find a “Monochromatic” checker under the distributions. If you check this box, the pixels will be in the color of your picture. The noise filter has many options under it. They are, Add Noise, Despeckle, Dust and Scratches, Median, Reduce Noise. 

Pixelate Filter  
Pixelate Filter - Photoshop Filter Gallery

This filter takes all the pixels of matching colors in a cell and groups them together. Pixelate comes in six different types. They are, Color Halftone, Crystallize, Facet, Fragment, Mezzotint, Mosaic, Pointillism. When using this filter, you will come across a “Cell Size” slider, increasing or decreasing the slider will result in the size of the square boxes increasing as well. 

Render filter    
Render filter    - Photoshop Filter Gallery

 The render filter helps us create various effects like clouds, lens flares, lighting effects, fibers. This filter can be accessed with the filter option in the toolbar. 

Sharpen filter 
Sharpen filter 

 With the sharpen filter, we can increase the contrast of the pixels and focus on the blurred part of the image. Sharpen has 5 options, Sharpen, Sharpen Edges, Sharpen More, Smart Sharpen, Unsharp Mask 

Stylize Filter 

The stylize filter gives the image an artistic effect by displacing the pixel and increasing the contrast of highlights. It has many options such as “Diffuse”, “Emboss”, “Extrude”, “Find Edges”, “Solarize”, “Tiles”, “Trace  Contour”, “Wind”.  

Video Filter

This filter can be used to improve a moving image and to prevent a range of colors that can cause color bleeding. The video filter can be found under the stylize filter in the Filter option. The Video filter has two variations, De-interlace, which helps to improve the quality of a moving image by removing uneven lines, these lines can be changed by duplicating or interpolation. NTSC colors remove a cluster of colors that can cause color bleeding. 

Interesting Filters 

Other filters include “Custom”, “High Pass”, “Maximum”, “Minimum”, “Offset”. 

Custom: This Filter helps us in creating our filter. A lot can be achieved through a customized. How to create and save a custom will be discussed in the coming section.

High Pass: Helps us to improve the edges of our image by increasing the high frequency of the image and decreasing the low frequency of the image. This is a non-destructive method of filtering your image. 

Maximum: This filter helps us in spreading out the white parts of the image and blocking the black areas. 

Minimum:  This filter does the opposite of the maximum filter. It spreads the black part of the image and blocks the white areas. 

Offset: It can help us in filling in a space of the image or an odd area by moving the image in a certain way and covering the area with a copy of the original image. 

Why Is the Filter Gallery Not Available Sometimes? 

Is your Photoshop filter gallery grayed out? This is a common issue that might occur due to a few reasons. 

One reason is that the selected image might be a 16-bit image

The filter option can not be applied to the image as some filters are not upgraded to a 16-bit or 32-bit channel. This results in the filter gallery graying out. To resolve this issue, follow these steps 

  • Go to the “Image” option in the toolbar 
  • Select “Mode” 
  • Now you can change the image from 16-bit to 8-bit and the filter menu should be available to you. 

Check if the image mode is RGB instead of CMYK.

You can change the mode of the image by 

  • Step 1: “Mode” in the image section 
  • Step 2: Select “RGB Color” and the filter gallery will be available again. 

The layers which are selected are locked. 

  • Step 1: Unlock the layer by either right-clicking on the locked layer 
  • Step 2: Click on “Unlock Layer” or click on the Lock logo on the layer. This might get the filter option to work.

Issues related to GPU.

If you are unable to find certain options like blur gallery, oil paint effects, etc. then there might be an issue with your computer’s GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). If your computer does not have a GPU, you will have to get one installed, if the GPU is disabled you will just have to enable it. To enable the GPU.

  • Step 1: Go to the “Edit” option on the toolbar.
  • Step 2: Select the “Preferences” option. A window will open which will give the “Performance” option.
  • Step 3: Select the “Performance” option, and you will see a checkbox saying “Use Graphic Processor”
  • Step 4: Click on the “Use Graphic Processor” checkbox if it is unchecked. This might enable the filters which were grayed out before.  

How to Create and Add Custom Filters on Photoshop?

Photoshop filter gallery has many unique and creative filters, about which we have briefly discussed. One of these filters was the “Custom Filter” option, with which we can create a new filter. To create a custom filter, follow these steps. 

The Steps to Follow

  • Click on the “Filter” option on the toolbar.
  • Go to the “Other” option and select “Custom Filter”. 
  • A window opens with 25 boxes, each box represents a pixel’s value. You can enter any number from “-999 to 999” in these boxes. These numbers give the pixels of the image a mass. Adding different values to different fields will give a lot of variation to all the pixels in the image. 
  • Select a text box and enter the desired value of the pixels. Enter the values depending on how much brightness of the pixel you want to increase. If you insert the value as “-999” the image will become very dark as the brightness is set at a very high number. If you enter the value as “999” the image will become extremely bright. 
  • Add the values to the other text boxes as well. Keep in mind, you don’t have to fill all the text boxes. 
  • Enter the “Scale” value, which is under all the 25 text boxes. The scale value should be the sum of all the pixel values which you entered. If the sum is negative or positive, use a positive value for the scale value. The scale value can be anything from 1 to 9999. 
  • Enter the “Offset” value. Enter the value which can be added to the scale equation. The value can be anything from -9999 to 9999. 
  • Step 8: Click “OK” and the custom filter will be applied to each pixel. If you want to see how the image looks before the filter is applied, then check the “Preview” option. 

If you want to save the new filter then just click on the “Save” option and the new filter will be saved as a .ACF file

How to Load a Filter on Photoshop? 

To load a saved filter on Photoshop, and access it on the Photoshop Filter Gallery follow these steps.

  • Locate and go to where the filter is saved.
  • Click the “Windows Start” button, then click on the “Local Disk C”.
  • Select program files and double-click on “Adobe” then double-click on your current Photoshop version.
  • Go to the “Plug-ins” and copy your filter here.  
  • Go to Photoshop and select the “Filter” option, and you should be able to see your filter here. Click on the filter and start using it. 


The Photoshop filter gallery has many and creative filters which can be previewed and applied to your image. You can also create your filter or download it to your computer and then load it to your Photoshop. If you are unable to access your filters in your Photoshop filter gallery, just check if the layers are locked or if you are using RGB instead of CMYK. Check if the image is supported by the filters you are using and have a GPU as well to use all the filters as some of them will not work without a GPU. Filters are a great and quick way of styling and editing your image. Now that you understand everything about filters, start creating your artwork for the world to see. 

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ’s)

1. Where can I get new filters to my Photoshop filter gallery?

You can either create a custom filter by going to the Filter option on the toolbar and selecting the “Other” option, where you will find “Custom” and you can create your custom filter, or you can download the filter from third parties sources.

2. Can I use filters without a GPU?

You might be able to use a few of the filters without a GPU, but a few of the filters such as blur paint and oil gallery might not work with a GPU. It would be better to have one, even though you can use most of Photoshop’s options without a graphics processing unit.    

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