Step 1: Open File

■ Choose File ^ Open (Ctrl+O) to display the Open dialog box. Double-click the /31 folder to open it and then click the cabin-before.jpg file to select it. Click Open to open the file.

One tip for getting the better effects when using some of the filters in the Filter menu is to use a filter on one layer and blend it with a second layer, which may or may not have been edited. As we intend to do this later in this technique, we need to create a second layer now.

■ Choose Layer ^ Duplicate Layer to get the Duplicate Layer dialog box. Click OK to create a layer we can later use to apply a blend mode to increase density and soften the effects of a couple of filters.

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