Totally Rad Tutorial: RadLab + Smart Filters

Totally Rad Tutorial: RadLab + Smart Filters

  Ever wish you could go back and tweak something you did in RadLab? Then I have some good news, you can! In the CS versions of Photoshop you can apply RadLab as a smart filter. Smart filters let you go back and change the RadLab edits you’ve applied, even if you’ve exited RadLab and performed additional work in Photoshop.

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  1. Copy a merged version of your document to a new layer. The shortcut key Cmd-Shift-Option-E will do this for you (Ctrl-Shift-Alt-E on Windows).
  2. From the Photoshop menu, select Layer -> Smart Objects -> Convert To Smart Object
  3. Run RadLab via Filter -> Totally Rad -> RadLab

RadLab also makes using Smart Objects a one-click operation for Photoshop CS4 and CS5 users. Here’s how you do it:


  1. Make sure your  RadLab Panel is visible  (CS4 and CS5 users only)
  2. Select “New Smart Object” from the drop-down menu
  3. Click “Open RadLab”

That’s it. A new Smart Object will be created with your recipe, making it easy to later edit or mask the result.


When you apply a filter, like RadLab, to a Smart Object, you get a Smart Filter entry below that Smart Object in the layers palette. You can double-click on the RadLab entry in the list of Smart Filters to bring up the RadLab interface and make changes to your recipe. When you click Finish, your image in Photoshop will be updated with the new Recipe from RadLab.

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