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Artistic Effects in Adobe Photoshop Elements

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Create Path Type with the Text On Selection Tool

You can create path type in Photoshop Elements 10 by first creating a selection of your image, similarly to how you create a selection with the Quick Selection tool. [more…]

Create Path Type with the Text On Shape Tool

This new Photoshop Elements 10 tool enables you create type that flows along the perimeter of any shape. If you want your type to flow in a circle, wave, stair step, or any other shape, you’re now in luck [more…]

Create Path Type with the Text On Custom Path Tool

If you want to create your own path or shape as the basis for your type, this new Photoshop Elements 10 tool is for you.

Here’s how: [more…]

Specify Type Options in Photoshop Elements 10

You can find several character and paragraph type settings on the Options bar in Photoshop Elements 10. These options enable you to specify your type to your liking and pair it with your images. [more…]

Stylize Type in Photoshop Elements 10

If you’ve tried your hand at creating a type mask, you know that Photoshop Elements 10 is capable of much more than just throwing a few black letters at the bottom of your image. With a few clicks here [more…]

Paint Type with Color and Gradients

Changing the color of text in Photoshop Elements 10 is as easy as highlighting it and selecting a color from the Color Picker. But what if you want to do something a little less conventional, such as apply [more…]

Warp Your Type in Photoshop Elements 10

If horizontal or vertical text is just way too regimented for you, try the Photoshop Elements 10 Warp feature. The best part about the distortions you apply is that the text remains fully editable. This [more…]

Convert Tone Mapped HDR to Black and White

There are a number of methods to convert a color, tone mapped high dynamic range (HDR) image to black and white after the HDR process. Use your favorite image editor [more…]

How to Use the Text On Shape Tool in Photoshop Elements 11

The Text On Shape tool in Photoshop Elements 11 enables you to create type that flows along the perimeter of any shape. To do so, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Draw with the Photoshop Elements 11 Pencil Tool

The Pencil and Brush tools in Photoshop Elements 11 are similar, except that the Pencil tool has hard edges whereas the Brush tool can have soft, feathered edges. In fact, the edges of a pencil stroke [more…]

How to Paint with the Photoshop Elements 11 Brush Tool

The Brush tool is a popular tool used throughout Photoshop Elements 11 in various incarnations, so getting to know this tool and how it operates is a good idea. [more…]

How to Paint with the Photoshop Elements 11 Impressionist Brush

The Impressionist Brush in Photoshop Elements 11 is designed to paint over photos in a way that makes them look like fine-art paintings. The best way to get familiar with the Impressionist Brush is to [more…]

How to Create a Custom Brush in Photoshop Elements 11

In Photoshop Elements 11, you can create a custom brush that works specifically for you. After playing with the various options available, if you like the personalized brush you’ve created, save it as [more…]

How to Colorize Black-and-White Photos in Photoshop Elements

You may have valid arguments for converting a grayscale image into a color one in Photoshop Elements 11. Perhaps the picture is an old one, taken before color film was widely used, and you want to colorize [more…]

How to Draw Shapes in Photoshop Elements 11

When you create a shape in Photoshop Elements 11, you’re creating a vector-based element. Shapes reside on a special kind of layer called, not surprisingly, a shape layer. Photoshop Elements 11 offers [more…]

Draw Multiple Shapes on Any Shape Layer in Photoshop Elements 11

You can draw additional shapes on any shape layer that you create in Photoshop Elements 11. You can add, subtract, exclude overlapping, and intersect shapes in exactly the same way you do with selections [more…]

Geometry Options for Photoshop Elements 11 Shapes

Geometry options for your shapes in Photoshop Elements 11 help define how the shapes look. Click the down arrow at the end of the row of Shape tools on the Tool Options to access the Geometry options described [more…]

How to Fill Selections with Solid Colors in Photoshop Elements 11

You won’t find a Fill tool in the Tools panel of Photoshop Elements 11. Elements avoids the crowded panel and places the Fill and Stroke commands on the Edit menu. When you want to fill your selection [more…]

Fill Options and Tips for Photoshop Elements 11

You can use the Fill Layer dialog box in Photoshop Elements 11 to fill a selection with the foreground or background color; you can also choose to fill the selection with color, black, white, or gray. [more…]

The Photoshop Elements 11 Paint Bucket Tool

The Paint Bucket tool in Photoshop Elements 11 operates much like a combination of the Fill command tool and the Magic Wand tool. It makes a selection based on similarly colored pixels and then immediately [more…]

Stroking a Selection in Photoshop Elements 11

Stroking in Photoshop Elements 11 enables you to create colored outlines, or borders, of selections or layers. It’s up to you to decide whether to put the border inside, outside, or centered on the selection [more…]

Apply a Preset Gradient to Selections in Photoshop Elements 11

Photoshop Elements 11 provides numerous preset gradients. If one color just doesn’t get you fired up, you’ll be happy to know that Elements enables you to fill a selection or layer with a [more…]

How to Customize and Edit Gradient in Photoshop Elements 11

Although Photoshop Elements 11 includes dozens of gradient presets, you may want to create your own. The Gradient Editor makes that task an easy one by letting you create a custom gradient with as many [more…]

How to Add Transparency to Gradients in Photoshop Elements 11

By default, a gradient in Photoshop Elements 11 has 100-percent opacity in the start color and progresses to 100-percent opacity in the end color. If you like, you can have the gradient fade out to transparency [more…]

How to Apply Preset Patterns in Photoshop Elements 11

Although you can apply patterns by using many different tools in Photoshop Elements 11, this method is all about applying patterns as fills. To fill a layer or selection with a preset pattern, follow these [more…]

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