Artistic Effects in Adobe Photoshop Elements

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Use Photoshop Elements' Impressionist Brush

The Impressionist Brush in Photoshop Elements 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…]

Create Your Own Brush in Photoshop Elements

After playing with all the various options of the Brush tool in Photoshop Elements, if you really like the brush you’ve created, feel free to save it as a preset that you can access in the future. [more…]

Fill and Outline Selections in Photoshop Elements

At times, you might want to create an element on your Photoshop Elements canvas that can't quite be created with a brush or pencil stroke. Maybe it's a perfect circle or a five-point star. If you have [more…]

Paint with Photoshop Elements' Brush Tool

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 antialiased [more…]

Draw a Shape in Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements 12 offers an assortment of shape tools for you to choose from. Follow these steps to draw a shape in your document: [more…]

Apply a Preset Gradient in Photoshop Elements

Here’s how to apply a preset gradient to an image in Photoshop Elements. Similar to colors, patterns, and brushes, gradients have a whole group of presets that you can apply to your selection and layers [more…]

Customize Gradients in Photoshop Elements

If you can’t find the exact gradient you need, you can easily create your own. The Gradient Editor lets you create your own custom gradient using as many colors as you want. After you create a custom gradient [more…]

Apply a Preset Pattern in Photoshop Elements 12

You can use patterns in Photoshop Elements to occasionally fill selections or layers. (Don’t go overboard, though — patterns aren’t always pretty when used without restraint.) You can also stamp your image [more…]

Create a New Pattern in Photoshop Elements

You may someday want to create your own pattern. Patterns can be easily created from any existing photo or painting you create in Elements. You can even scan your signature or logo, define it as a pattern [more…]

Create Text with Typographical Tools in Photoshop Elements 12

Photoshop Elements 12 offers you several tools for adding type to a photo. The tools, shown in the figure, reading from left to right and top to bottom, are [more…]

How to Draw Multiple Shapes in Photoshop Elements

After you create a shape layer in Photoshop Elements, 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…]

Geometric Shape Options in Photoshop Elements

Geometry options help define how your shapes look. Click the down-pointing arrow in the Tool Options in Elements to access the Geometry options described in the following. [more…]

How to Edit Shapes in Photoshop Elements

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

How to Apply Filters in Photoshop Elements

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

Corrective or Destructive Filters in Photoshop Elements

Filters in Photoshop Elements can correct less-than-perfect images by making them appear sharper or by covering up flaws. Although there are no hard-and-fast rules, most digital-imaging folks classify [more…]

Fading a Filter in Photoshop Elements

Sometimes you don’t want the full effect of a filter applied to your image in Photoshop Elements. Fading a filter a bit softens the effect and can make it look less “computerish.” Here’s what you can do [more…]

The Filter Gallery in Photoshop Elements

When you apply a filter in Elements, don’t be surprised if you’re presented with a gargantuan dialog box. This editing window, as it’s officially called, is the Filter Gallery. You can also access it by [more…]

Distorting Images with Elements' Liquify Filter

The Liquify filter in Photoshop Elements is really 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…]

Photoshop Element’s Unique Filters

Elements has a set of its very own filters. Prior to Elements 11, all the filters were hand-me-downs from Photoshop. You can find the three unique filters under the Filter→Sketch submenu. To really get [more…]

How to Create a Comic in Photoshop Elements

The Comic filter in Photoshop Elements takes your image and creates an effect that mimics a hand-drawn comic book illustration. In the Comic filter dialog box, you can choose from four presets: [more…]

The Graphic Novel Filter in Photoshop Elements

The Graphic Novel filter might take a bit of experimentation to create the effect you want. But after you get your settings established, the look is pretty fun and the result is like an illustration sketched [more…]

The Pen and Ink Filter in Photoshop Elements

The Pen and Ink filter in Photoshop Elements creates an effect that looks like a hand-drawn pen-and- ink sketch. In the Pen and Ink filter dialog box, choose from four presets. Each preset colors the image [more…]

Photo and Text Effects in Photoshop Elements

In addition to the multitude of filters at your disposal, Elements provides a lot of effects that you can apply to enhance your photos, such as the Fluorescent Chalk applied to the following figure. [more…]

Layer Styles in Photoshop Elements

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

General Blend Modes in Photoshop Elements

Elements sports a whopping 25 blend modes. Blend modesaffect how colors interact between layers and also how colors interact when you apply paint to a layer. Not only do blend modes create interesting [more…]

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