Saturday, February 20, 2010

Positioning Lens Flare Center in Photoshop

It’s not like I use “lens flare” very often, but every once in a while, the mood strikes.  Since first I started using Photoshop, it’s been an exercise in happenstance and randomness; trial and error until (hopefully) I can at last position the lens flare correctly.
After 15 years, I have found the answer (I guess maybe it wasn’t that important… as I’ve never looked it up):
In the Lens Flare Filter dialogue window, if you alt-click in the preview area, you can actually enter the coordinates (pixels) of the lens flare center.
Before you do this, you can use your cursor and the “info” window to find the exact pixel coordinates so you know what to enter into this box (p.s. there’s a little plus next to the x,y coordinates in the info window that conceals a drop down that allows you to select the units displayed).
Typical Adobe bullshit… why in the HELL don’t they just include this option in the window dialogue?  Seriously.  WHAT THE FUCK?!
Some moron (or team of morons) actually made a decision to hide this option behind alt-click?  When would you ever NOT want to know where you’re positioning something you’re rendering?
I am at a loss for words.

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