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Why can't I unsharp? - Adobe Photoshop 7, CS, CS2 & CS3

I am able to use the unsharp mask filter on an image before I add new layers but not afterward. After using new layer curves and new layer hue/saturation I get neither the preview pane nor the ability to apply the filter. I am sure this is something simple, can you help? Thanks, Bob...

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    Default Why can't I unsharp?

    I am able to use the unsharp mask filter on an image before I add new layers but not afterward. After using new layer curves and new layer hue/saturation I get neither the preview pane nor the ability to apply the filter. I am sure this is something simple, can you help?

    Thanks, Bob
    Robert_von_Pentz@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Why can't I unsharp?

    You can only sharpen a pixel layer, not an adjustment layer.

    Flatten your layers, or select a pixel layer in order to use filters.
    Mathias_Vejerslev@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Why can't I unsharp?

    It makes sense that PS change the selection to the adjustment layer when one is added, but I just can't seem to remember that it does that.

    I can't tell you how many times I've added adjustment layers, opened the USM dialog, done a double take as nothing changed in the preview, then realized that the most recent adjustment layer was selected!
    Gene_Trujillo@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Why can't I unsharp?

    Amen to that, Gene.

    However, if you have more than one duplicate layer and proceed to sharpen or even clone without flattening, it gets messy.
    I had an image that I absolutely did not want to save flattened, but didn't want to clone the dust each time I used it. So, if the clone tool didn't respond, I would look for the Dupe backround where it would.

    Lesson 1: Clean up your image before layering.
    Lawrence_Hudetz@adobeforums.com Guest

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