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How to Use One-Step Auto Fixes in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements has five automatic lighting-, contrast-, and color-correction tools that can improve the appearance of your images with just one menu command. These commands are available in either [more…]

How to Edit Images in Edit Quick Mode of Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, Edit Quick mode is a pared-down version of Edit Full mode that provides basic fixing tools along with a few unique features, such as a before-and-after preview of your image. [more…]

Cloning Elements with the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements provides a Clone Stamp tool that takes sampled pixels from one area and copies, or clones, them onto another area. The advantage of cloning, rather than making a selection and copying [more…]

Using the Dodge and Burn Tools in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, you can lighten or darken areas of an image using the Dodge and Burn tools, respectively. You can specify the size and softness of your tool by simply selecting from one of the many [more…]

Pushing Pixels Around with the Smudge Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, the Smudge tool pushes your pixels around using the color that’s under the cursor when you start to drag. Think of it as dragging a brush through wet paint. You can use this tool [more…]

Using the Blur Tool to Soften Image Areas in Photoshop Elements 9

The Blur tool in Photoshop Elements can be used for both repair and more artistic endeavors. You can use the Blur tool to soften a small flaw or part of a rough edge. You can add a little blur to an element [more…]

How to Use the Sharpen Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

The Sharpen tool in Photoshop Elements increases the contrast among adjacent pixels to give the illusion that things are sharper. This tool should be used with restraint, however. Sharpen can quickly give [more…]

How to Use the Color Replacement Tool in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, the Color Replacement tool allows you to replace the original color of an image with the foreground color. The Color Replacement tool preserves all the tones in the image. The color [more…]

How to Adjust Image Lighting in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements has several simple, manual tools you can use to adjust image lighting if the Auto Fix tools don’t produce the desired results. The manual tools offer more control over adjusting overall [more…]

How to Remove Colorcasts Automatically in Photoshop Elements 9

You may occasionally notice an unexpected colorcast (a shift in color) in your photos. In Photoshop Elements, you can use the Remove Color Cast command to automatically eliminate the colorcast. This feature [more…]

Converting Color Images to Black and White in Photoshop Elements 9

There may be times when you don’t want any color in an image. With the Remove Color command in Photoshop Elements, you can easily eliminate all the color from an image, layer, or selection. [more…]

Using the Replace Color Command in Photoshop Elements 9

With the Replace Color command in Photoshop Elements, you can replace designated colors in your image with other colors. You first select the colors you want to replace by creating a [more…]

How to Adjust Skin Tones in Images in Photoshop Elements 9

Photoshop Elements has a command specifically designed to adjust the overall color in an image to adjust skin tones to a natural shade. This command is useful if you find that the loved ones in your photos [more…]

Working with the Color Variations Command in Photoshop Elements 9

The Color Variations command in Photoshop Elements is a digital color-correction feature. The command enables you to make corrections by visually comparing thumbnails of color variations of your image. [more…]

How to Apply the Photo Filter Adjustment in Photoshop Elements 9

In Photoshop Elements, you can use the Photo Filter command to apply photo filters to your images, adding special effects. In the old days, photographers used to place colored glass filters in front of [more…]

Removing Dust and Scratches from Images in Photoshop Elements 9

If your images suffer from dust, scratches, or artifacts(blocky pixels or halos), you may need to use a filter in Photoshop Elements to clean them up.

The tools you want to use to eliminate junk from your [more…]

Working with the Smart Brush Tools in Photoshop Elements 9

The Smart Brush and Detail Smart Brush tools in Photoshop Elements enable you to selectively apply an image adjustment or special effects that appear on all or part of your image. These adjustments and [more…]

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…]

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…]

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