Photoshop: Update Lens Flare dialog/preview size for more accurate placement

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In Filter/Render/Lens Flare, I would love to have it set up so you can zoom in on your image so you can properly place your lens flare exactly where I want it. Right now its so hard and you have to trial and error it like 3-5 times because its so small and hard to see. Thanks and look forward to seeing the update.

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Chris Wrinn

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The lens flare needs improvement back to CS4. The image doesn't even fit in the grey area of the Lens Flare window. Look how tiny it is in that picture above. Terrible. Can't see where the highlight is being placed.

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Same kind of problem happens with the radial blur filter.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
PHOTOSHOP: Need Larger Preview Window for Lens Flair Filter for Easier Precision.


The preview window for the Lens Flair filter seem a little bigger than how I remembered it, but, (whether it's been enlarged any or not), would still be easier to more precisely use if it were a larger preview.
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All old filters should be written new. Resizebale windows and scalable preview which automatically fits relative to the window size.

Like Smart Sharpen or at least like noise reduction filter
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I still use CS4, have to and am able. CS6 is sitting in a folder and will stay there until I can't use CS4 any longer. Why do people make things more complicated and have less function when coding new software. KISS!
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What exactly are you referring to? No functionality has been removed that I know of in the Lens Flare filter. I fixed several bugs in that filter, and enlarged the preview a bit, but that's all that has changed.
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Look at the photo comparison above. See the difference in the image size? The image on the right is twice the size as the current versions.
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Because the file is an odd aspect ratio that came closer to matching the older, smaller preview area. The actual preview area got bigger (and more square) in recent versions.
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That doesn't help me with CS6 now, does it? I can't afford the 'cloud'. Do they have a patch that corrects it in CS6?
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artturi85 replied but I don't see it here. But his/her work-around is brilliant. (Probably why it didn't occur to me.) But, if I understand correctly, it goes like this: Put the lens flare on a black layer, change blend to multiply, then move the flare to exactly where you need it. Still, I think some of us feel that that's extra steps we shouldn't have to resort to.

artturi85 also commented on how "computerized and ugly" Photoshop's lens flares are, and I have to agree. It would be great if the filter simulated some aperture blades, with selectable blade count. But for now, I'd be happy with just a bigger preview window for this and ALSO for Radial Blur since the same precision issues are there, too.
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Ted, thanks for saying that. :) My comment got removed probably because it was little off-topic or bad grammar or smthg.

I'll try to explain the idea better. Create a black layer above everything. Put a lens flare there. The problem is now that in lens flare filter you cannot actually see where you are trying to put the flare because the whole layer is black. So you have to just put it somewhere and then press undo and correct the position few times to the better position. (the filter remembers previous settings thanks to Adobe:) )

Now change that black layer blending mode to screen. So the black disappears and only the flare is visible above your photo. Why i do like this, is because i don't wanna destroy the original image in psd-file. If i some day need a picture without lens flare, i just have to disable that layer.

I have used this successfully with some downloaded real lens flares (some photo services are selling them with black background)
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You can place your lens flare more accurately using xy coordinates:

Windows Menu > Info (F8): Move your mouse cursor to the position on your image where you want the lens flare to appear and note down the XY coordinates.

Filter Menu > Render > Lens Flare: Hold down the Alt key (Option key for Mac) and click inside the preview window to bring up the Precise Flare Center box and enter your XY values.

Also useful tip:
Shift-Control-Alt-E to create a new layer copy of everything that is visible.
Hold down alt key and select Layer Menu > Merge Visible is the same command.
Use this new layer copy to render your lens flare on. Then fill it black, hit Control-F, and change blend mode to Screen.
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Mel, Thank you, What's the equivalent to F8 on a mac?
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To use the Function keys on a Mac, you have to hold down the fn key first.

If you use Photoshop more than iTunes, then you can go into System Preferences Keyboard panel and you can toggle it so the F keys work as standard function keys.