Artistic Effects in Adobe Photoshop Elements

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Darken and Lighten Blend Modes in Photoshop Elements 10

Photoshop Elements 10 offers the Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Linear Burn, and Darker Color blend modes to produce effects that darken your images in various ways, and the Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge [more…]

Lighting Blend Modes in Photoshop Elements 10

Photoshop Elements 10 provides the Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light, and Hard Mix blend modes. This group of blend modes enables you to play with the lighting in your [more…]

Inverter and HSL Blend Modes in Photoshop Elements 10

The Difference and Exclusion blend modes in Photoshop Elements 10 invert colors, and the HSL (hue, saturation, lightness) blend modes mix colors based on the actual hue, richness, and brightness of color [more…]

Photomerge Panorama Command in Photoshop Elements 10

The Photomerge Panorama command in Photoshop Elements 10 enables you to combine multiple images into a single panoramic image. From skylines to mountain ranges, you can take several overlapping shots and [more…]

Create Photomerge Group Shots in Photoshop Elements 10

Photomerge Group Shot in Photoshop Elements 10 lets you take multiple group photos and merge the best of them to get that perfect shot. Just one of the Photomerge features that help you to create fabulous [more…]

Photomerge Scene Cleaner in Photoshop Elements 10

The Photomerge Scene Cleaner command in Photoshop Elements 10 enables you to create the optimum image by allowing you to eliminate annoying distractions, such as cars, passersby, and so on. To get the [more…]

Photomerge Exposure Command in Photoshop Elements 10

With the Photomerge Exposure command in Photoshop Elements 10, you can take shots with two different exposure settings and let the command blend them together for the perfect shot. Sometimes you need to [more…]

Photomerge Style Match Command in Photoshop Elements 10

With Photomerge Style Match command in Photoshop Elements 10, you can match or apply the style of one image onto another image. It is hard to explain exactly what Adobe defines as “style,” but basically [more…]

Working with the Color Picker in Photoshop Elements 10

The Color Picker is just one of the ways that Photoshop Elements 10 gives you to choose your foreground and background colors. By default, Photoshop Elements 10 uses a black foreground color and a white [more…]

Color Swatch Panel in Photoshop Elements 10

Photoshop Elements 10 enables you to choose a foreground or background color by selecting a color on the Color Swatches panel. The Color Swatches panel is a digital version of the artist’s paint palette [more…]

Sample with the Eyedropper Tool in Photoshop Elements 10

One way that Photoshop Elements 10 enables you to choose color is via the Eyedropper tool. The Eyedropper tool comes in handy when you want to sample an existing color in an image and use it for another [more…]

Draw with Photoshop Elements 10 Pencil Tool

Drawing with the Pencil tool in Photoshop Elements 10 creates hard edges. You can’t get the soft, feathery edges that you can with the Brush tool. In fact, the edges of a pencil stroke can’t even be [more…]

Paint with the Photoshop Elements 10 Brush Tool

The Brush tool in Photoshop Elements 10 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…]

Create Your Own Brush in Photoshop Elements 10

After playing with all the various options Photoshop Elements 10 provides with the Brush tool, you might really like the Franken-brush you’ve created. There’s one additional way to create a brush. Elements [more…]

Impressionist Brush in Photoshop Elements 10

The Impressionist Brush in Photoshop Elements 10 is designed to paint over your photos in a way that makes them look like fine art paintings. You can set various options that change the style of the brush [more…]

Fill and Outline Selections in Photoshop Elements 10

When working with Photoshop Elements 10, you may need the Fill and Stroke commands to create an element on your canvas that can’t quite be created with a brush or pencil stroke. You can fill or stroke [more…]

Splash on Color with the Paint Bucket Tool

The Paint Bucket tool in Photoshop Elements 10 is a longtime occupant of the Tools panel. This tool, whose icon looks just like a bucket, behaves like a combination of the Fill command and the Magic Wand [more…]

Apply a Preset Gradient in Photoshop Elements 10

Similar to colors, patterns, and brushes, gradients in Photoshop Elements 10 have a whole group of presets that you can apply to your selection and layers. You can also load other libraries of gradients [more…]

Customize Gradients in Photoshop Elements 10

If you can’t find the exact gradient you need among the Photoshop Elements 10 presets, you can easily create your own. The Gradient Editor lets you create your own custom gradient using as many colors [more…]

Apply a Preset Pattern in Photoshop Elements 10

Although you can apply patterns in Photoshop Elements 10 by using many different tools, in this example you'll apply a preset pattern as a fill. If you’ve ever seen someone wearing leopard-print pants [more…]

Create a New Pattern in Photoshop Elements 10

Patterns can be easily created from any existing photo or painting you create in Photoshop Elements 10. You can even scan your signature or logo, define it as a pattern, and use it with the Pattern Stamp [more…]

Draw a Shape in Photoshop Elements 10

Photoshop Elements 10 offers an assortment of shape tools for you to choose from. When you create a shape in Elements, you’re creating a vector-based element. Shapes reside on a special kind of layer called [more…]

Draw Multiple Shapes in Photoshop Elements 10

After you create a shape layer in Photoshop Elements 10, you can draw additional shapes on that layer. You can add, subtract, overlap, and intersect shapes in exactly the same way you do with selections [more…]

Specify Geometry Options for Your Photoshop Elements 10 Shapes

Geometry options help define how your Photoshop Elements 10 shapes look. Click the down-pointing arrow on the Options bar to access the Geometry options. You can choose among Rectangle and Rounded Rectangle [more…]

Edit Shapes in Photoshop Elements 10

You can edit shapes that you create in Photoshop Elements 10 by using a variety of tools and techniques. Here’s a list of the things you can do to modify your shapes: [more…]

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