Photoshop: updated Lens Flare filter

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I would like to see the Lens Flare filter completely overhauled and replaced.

The current filter looked cool 15 years ago, but today it just looks cheap/fake. There are 3rd party plugins that can do this (like Knoll Light Factory for AE), but it would be nice if Adobe improved their own filter.


What I would like considered in new lens flare filter:

* Real-time Preview (w/GPU acceleration?).
* Can be used as a Smart Filter.
* An interface that makes it simple to quickly add a preset flare and change intensity/position. Advanced Options for total control.
* Customizable Lens Flare elements.
* Texture/image-based Lens Flare elements (not only synthetic shapes).
* Use a channel as an occlusion-map.
* Chromatic aberration.
* Lens Texture (dust, scratches, etc).
* Option for Image-based Lens Flares – the brightest parts of the image (or a channel) automatically turn into a flare.
* Flare source can be placed outside the canvas.
* It should work in 3D-space in After Effects (not only Photoshop).
* Good presets based on flares from real optics.
* The ability to load/save presets (users will create amazing flares and share them!). Image-based lens elements used are embedded.
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Jonas M. Rogne

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(cross-posting a comment from my personal page)

Filip Zamorsky says:
I like this Idea and hope Adobe will improve this filter soon. Smoke/Flame have really nice lens flare effects.