I would be grateful if someone could help me understand why there are differences between a filter added as a filter and a filter that is added as part of a Look. My expectation is that when I apply a Look, I will end up with a number of adjustment layers consisting of different filters. For example, when I apply the Look called “Cartoon Natural” I end up with adjustment layers labeled Quad Tone, Vignette, Curves, Edges, Basic Adjustment and Abstraction. When I expand the Abstraction layer, I have the same sliders that I would if I had added the Abstraction filter to my image instead of a Look. This is what I expected.
Glow seems to work differently. If I apply a Look that has a Glow layer I have a different set of sliders to adjust the Glow effect than I do if I apply the Glow filter and I don’t understand why. As you can see from following the steps below, when I apply a Look from the Glow category I have more sliders at my disposal than I do if I simply apply the Glow filter. Why is that?
Steps using a filter:
Step 1: Open image
Step 2: Add Filter Glow
Step 3. Click on the Glow layer to view the sliders
These are the sliders:
Steps using a Look:
Step 1: Open Image
Step 2: Add Look Contrast Cables
Optional Step 3: Delete Look components Smudge, Vignette, HSL Color Tuning so that only the Glow layer remains.
Step 4: Click on the Glow layer to view the sliders
These are the sliders available in the Glow layer: