The Essentials of Creating Artistic Effects in Photoshop Elements 9

After you learn how to edit your images in Photoshop Elements, you’ll want to experiment with creating artistic effects that will add pizzazz to your photos. Photoshop Elements includes filters, special effects, layer styles, blend modes, and type masks that you can use to dress up your images.

Using Filters to Create Special Effects in Photoshop Elements 9

Filters, also called plug-ins because they can be installed or removed independently, change the look of your Photoshop Elements image in a variety of ways. They can correct less-than-perfect images by [more…]

How to Work with the Filter Gallery in Photoshop Elements 9

When you apply a filter in Photoshop Elements, you’re presented with a gargantuan dialog box. This editing window is called the Filter Gallery. You can also access it by choosing Filter→Filter Gallery. [more…]

Using Photo and Text Effects in Photoshop Elements 9

In addition to the multitude of filters at your disposal, Photoshop Elements also provides a lot of photo and text effects that you can apply to enhance your images. Some effects automatically create a [more…]

How to Add Shadow and Glow Effects in Photoshop Elements 9

Layer styles in Photoshop Elements range from simple shadow, glow, and bevel effects to more complex styles, such as buttons and patterns. The wonderful thing about layer styles is that they’re completely [more…]

Creating Image Panoramas with Photomerge in Photoshop Elements 9

The Photomerge Panorama command enables you to combine multiple images into a single panoramic image. From skylines to mountain ranges, you can take several overlapping shots and stitch them together into [more…]

Choosing Colors when Drawing or Painting in Photoshop Elements 9

Before you start drawing or painting in Photoshop Elements, you may want to change your color to something other than the default black. There are two overlapping color swatches at the bottom of the Tools [more…]

How to Draw with the Pencil Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

Drawing with the Pencil tool in Photoshop Elements creates hard edges. You can’t get the soft, feathery edges that you can with the Brush tool. Keep in mind that if you draw anything other than vertical [more…]

How to Paint with the Brush Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

The Brush tool in Photoshop Elements creates soft-edged strokes. How soft those strokes are depends on which brush you use. By default, even the hardest brush has a slightly soft edge because it’s anti-aliased [more…]

How to Add Text to an Image in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, you may have an occasional need to add text to an image: a caption, a headline, or maybe even a short paragraph. Elements provides ample tools for creating, editing, stylizing, and [more…]

How to Format Text Added to an Image in Photoshop Elements 9

When you add text to an image in Photoshop Elements, you can specify options for the text before you type. You can find several character and paragraph type settings on the Options bar. These options enable [more…]

How to Use the Type Mask Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

Using the Type Mask tool in Photoshop Elements epitomizes the combination of type and image. The Type Mask tool doesn’t create a new layer. Instead, it creates a selection on the active layer. This is [more…]

How to Stylize and Warp Type in Photoshop Elements 9 Images

You can warp, distort, enhance, and stylize your type in Photoshop Elements. If you’re not careful, your creative typography can outshine your image. If you’ve tried your hand at creating a type mask, [more…]

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