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Artistic Effects in Adobe Photoshop Elements

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How to Turn Your Digital Photos into Artwork

If you want to make your digital photo look as though it’s the work of an artist, your image-editing program may offer artistic effects or filters. These art effects [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…]

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…]

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…]

Eliminate Color in Images with the Remove Color Command

There may be times when you don’t want any color in an image. With the Remove Color command in Photoshop Elements 10, you can easily eliminate all the color from an image, layer, or selection. To use this [more…]

Switch Colors with the Replace Colors Command

The Replace Color command in Photoshop Elements 10 enables you to replace designated colors in your image with other colors. You first select the colors you want to replace by creating a [more…]

Filter Basics in Photoshop Elements 10

Filters have been around since the early days of digital imaging, when Photoshop was just a little bitty program. Filters, also called plug-ins because they can be installed or removed independently, change [more…]

Hue/Saturation Command in Photoshop Elements 10

The Hue/Saturation command enables you to adjust the colors in your image based on their hue, saturation, and lightness. Hue is the color in your image. [more…]

Corrective and Destructive Filters in Photoshop Elements 10

Photoshop Elements 10 offers a variety of filters. Although there are no hard and fast rules, most digital-imaging folks classify filters into two basic categories, [more…]

Fade a Filter in Photoshop Elements 10

When working in Photoshop Elements 10, you might not want the full effect of a filter applied to your image. Fading a filter a bit softens the effect and can make it look less “computerish.” [more…]

Photoshop Elements 10 Filter Gallery

When you apply a filter in Photoshop Elements 10, you’re presented with a gargantuan dialog box. This editing windowis the Filter Gallery. You can also access it by choosing Filter→Filter Gallery. In the [more…]

Distort Images with the Liquify Filter in Photoshop Elements 10

The Liquify filter in Photoshop Elements 10 is much more than a filter. It’s a distortion that allows you to manipulate an image as though it were warm taffy. You can interactively twist, pull, twirl, [more…]

Correct Camera Distortion in Photoshop Elements 10

The Correct Camera Distortion filter in Photoshop Elements 10 fixes the distorted perspective created by both vertical and horizontal tilting of the camera. As a bonus, this filter also corrects other [more…]

Apply Photo and Text Effects in Photoshop Elements 10

Photoshop Elements 10 provides a lot of effects that you can apply to enhance your photos. Note that some effects automatically create a duplicate of the selected layer, whereas other effects can work [more…]

Apply Layer Styles in Photoshop Elements 10

Layer styles in Photoshop Elements 10 go hand in hand with filters and photo effects. Also designed to enhance your image and type layers, layer styles range from simple shadows and bevels to the more [more…]

Normal and Dissolve Blend Modes in Photoshop Elements 10

Photoshop Elements 10 sports a whopping 25 blend modes. The Normal blend mode is the one you probably use the most. Dissolve is the next one on the list and, ironically, is probably the one you use the [more…]

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