I talk a lot about Color Grading, Color Theory, and the tools you can use to manipulate the looks of your photos. However, I have never spoken about the Photo Filter Adjustment Layer. Why is that?
From my research and experimentation, I have found that the Photo Filter is not as predictable as my other go-to methods for color grading. It doesn’t respond the same way that a Solid Color Fill, gradient, or gradient map would to specific blend modes.
Today I will go into some of my experimentation processes to show you how I analyze whether or not something should be used in my workflow. You can replicate this strategy for experimentation in your workflow to help you determine if you should take on a new tool or technique. At the end of your investigation, if there is no added value to your workflow, it may not be the tool or process for you.