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How to Add Graphics from the Photoshop Elements 11 Content Panel

If you aren’t the artistic type or need a quick graphic in a pinch, check out the Content panel in Photoshop Elements 11, which shares a space with the Effects panel.

Here’s how to add a graphic from the Content panel:

  1. In the Photo Editor, in Expert mode, choose Window→Graphics.

  2. In the Graphics panel, from the drop-down menu at the top of the panel, select the search criteria by category for your desired graphic.

    Choices include categories, such as seasons, mood, and activity.

  3. From the drop-down menu on the right, select the specific season, mood, activity, or other effect.

  4. From the category drop-down menu below the categories, continue to filter your results.

    Choose from Backgrounds, Frames, Graphics, Shapes, and Text.

  5. After you select your graphic, double-click the graphic thumbnail in the panel or drag the thumbnail onto your image window.

    The graphic is added to your image as a Smart Object layer, as indicated by the white square/black page icon on your layer in the Layers panel. Smart Objects are special kinds of layers that enable you to repeatedly size and transform your layer without the fear of degradation.

    To remove the content, simply delete the layer.

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