How to Add Photo and Text Effects in Photoshop Elements 14 - dummies

How to Add Photo and Text Effects in Photoshop Elements 14

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

In addition to the multitude of filters at your disposal, Photoshop Elements provides a lot of effects that you can apply to enhance your photos, such as the Fluorescent Chalk effect. Remember that some effects automatically create a duplicate of the selected layer, whereas other effects can work only on flattened images.

Enhance your images by adding effects. [Credit: © Image #5421076]
Credit: © Image #5421076
Enhance your images by adding effects.

Unlike with filters, you can’t preview how an effect will look on your image or type, nor do you have any options to specify.

Here are the steps to follow to apply an effect:

  1. In Expert mode, select your desired image layer in the Layers panel.

    Or, if you’re applying the effect to just a selection, make the selection before applying the effect.

  2. Choose Window → Effects or click the Effects icon in the bottom right of the workspace.

  3. Select the Effects tab at the top of the panel.

  4. Choose your desired category of effects from the drop-down list in the upper-right area of the panel.

    • Frame: Includes effects that enhance the edges of the layer or selection.

    • Faded Photo, Monotone Color, and Vintage: This group of effects makes your image fade from color to grayscale, appear as a single color, or look like an old pencil sketch or a photo on old paper.

    • Glow: This group adds a soft focus, and/or a white glow to your images.

    • Painting: Makes your images look like paintings or chalk illustrations.

    • Panels: These effects divide your image into paneled sections.

    • Seasons: Includes effects to make your image appear snowy, rainy, sunny (bright and yellow), or wintery (white and overexposed).

    • Textures: Gives your images a lizard skin or rubber stamped appearance.

  5. On the Effects panel, double-click your desired effect or drag the effect onto the image.

    You can view your styles and effects by thumbnails or by list. To change the view, click the down-pointing arrow in the upper-right corner of the panel to access the menu commands.

Quick mode sports its very own Effects panel. Be sure to check it out — you’ll find effects not found in Expert mode. Click the Effects icon in the bottom-right corner of the workspace. To apply an effect, double-click it or drag it onto your image.

The Smart Looks effects in the Quick mode panel analyze the content and color in your image and, based on that analysis, automatically apply a tinted effect. You can choose from five auto “looks.”

You may also want to check out the interesting effects found in Guided mode. Elements 14 has totally revamped the interface of Guided mode into nicely organized categories with corresponding images. In Guided mode, you’ll also find the new Speed Effect, which gives your object a sense of motion.

You can also apply an effect to type. Select your type layer and follow Steps 2–5 in the preceding list. A dialog box alerts you that the type layer must be simplified before the effect can be applied. Simplifying that layer, of course, means you lose the ability to edit the text.