Photoshop Element’s Unique Filters

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

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 a feel for the cool effects these filters can create, open a couple of your favorite images and play with the various presets and settings.

Here are the general steps to apply any of these filters:

  1. In either Expert or Quick mode, choose Filter→Sketch→Your Specific Filter.

    For example, if you want to use the Comic filter, choose Filter→Sketch→ Comic.

  2. In the filter dialog box, choose from four presets.

  3. Adjust any default settings.

    If you want to reset your sliders back to the default values for the preset, hold down the Alt (Option on the Mac) key, and the Cancel button in the dialog box changes to a Reset button.

  4. Adjust your view as needed by using the following controls:

    • Zoom: Zoom in and out for your desired view. You can also use the 1:1 view (recommended) or Fit in Window view.

    • Hand: Moves you around the image window when you’re zoomed in.

  5. Click OK to apply the filter and close the dialog box.