Photoshop: A filter brush

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Photoshop: It would be nice to have some sort of "Filter" Brushes. Brushes that I could use that as you stroke across paint that has been applied to the canvas it would 'distort' the strokes similarly to the corresponding filters. Like a ripple brush, grain brush, glowing edges brush etc. Liquify and Filter Gallery are great but in terms of workflow it always feels best, at least for me, to not have to leave(or feel as though I have left) my work area.
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Chris Cox

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Photoshop has had that functionality since Photoshop 3.0.

Duplicate your image, apply a filter, add a layer mask, and paint in (or out) the parts you wish.
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Also, if you're using Photoshop CS6, you can convert your layer to a Smart object, and then apply a filter to the smart object as a smart filter. This smart filter will already have a layer mask applied like Chris suggests above. You can paint in or out the parts you wish on the mask using a Brush.

Remember this little diddy when working with masks, "black conceals, white reveals"
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What I was thinking was to have it as a 'brush' so that the effect can be painted on with the fidelity of a a tablet accepting the 'effect' of the filter with the stroke of the user... a painters tool.
A layer, filtered, black-masked and painted into with white.. is static.

I'm imagining something more specific along the lines of the filter settings having similar controls as the brush settings(such as pen pressure,tilt, rotation,direction,etc) within a tool. I think I'd have to make a video example to show what the goal is...
On a separate related note, PS improvements in the areas of more natural brushes for painting has been great over the last few versions. The above idea is reflective of PS users who paint(implying an affinity towards image creation tablet stroke by tablet stroke) more than photo manipulation. All of PS 'non-painting' effects such as filters and layer effects are powerful tools used in certain ways and would be even more attractive to this niche of users if they were as handy as grabbing a brush. I guess it's a bit much to ask for when there is a workaround.
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Paint into the layer mask.