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The Pen & Ink filter in Photoshop Elements 11, similar to the Graphic Novel filter, gives your photo more of an illustrative look, as if created with a pen and colored or black ink.

Here are these steps to apply the new Pen & Ink filter on your photo:

  1. In either Expert or Quick mode, choose Filter→Sketch→Pen & Ink.

  2. In the filter dialog box, choose from four presets.

  3. From here you can adjust the default setting of the sliders for the various settings for the Ink and Pen areas of the filtered image:

    • Detail: A higher value creates finer, crisper edges.

    • Width: A higher value creates thicker, goopier strokes, while a lower value creates crisper strokes.

    • Darkness: A higher value creates more areas of darkness.

    • Contrast: The higher the value, the more contrast the image has and the more dark ink strokes are applied .

    • Hue: Adjust the slider to select your desired color along the color ramp.

    • Contrast: A higher value adds more contrast, darkness, and colored areas.

    • Fill: Fills the image with more areas of color and less white.

  4. Adjust your view as needed by using the following controls:

    • Zoom: Zoom in and out for your desired view. You can also use the 1:1 view (recommended) or Fit in Window view.

    • Hand tool: Moves you around the image window when you’re zoomed in.

  5. Click OK to apply the filter and close the dialog box.

    [Credit:     ©www.istockphoto.com/inhauscreative Image #851854]
    Credit:     ©www.istockphoto.com/inhauscreative Image #851854
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