Using Photo and Text Effects in Photoshop Elements 9

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

In addition to the multitude of filters at your disposal, Photoshop Elements also provides a lot of photo and text effects that you can apply to enhance your images. Some effects automatically create a duplicate of the selected layer, whereas other effects can work only on flattened images.

Here are the short steps to follow to apply an effect:

  1. Select your desired image layer in the Layers panel.

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

  2. Choose Window→Effects.

  3. Select the Photo Effects button at the top of the panel.

  4. Select your desired category of photo effects from the drop-down menu in the upper-right area of the panel:

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

      Enhance your images by adding effects (such as a frame) to your image and type layers. [Credit: Pho

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      Enhance your images by adding effects (such as a frame) to your image and type layers.
    • Faded Photo, Monotone Color, Old Photo, and Vintage Photo: 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.

    • Misc Effects: Includes a wide variety of effects to make your image appear as though it’s snowing, made of lizard skin or neon tubes, or painted with oil pastels.

    • Show All: Shows all the effects described in this list.

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

    Note that you can view your styles and effects by thumbnails or by list. To change the view, click the Effects panel menu in the upper-right corner of the panel and select a view.

You can also apply an effect to type. Select your type layer and follow Steps 2-5 in the preceding list. Note that a dialog box alerts you that the type layer must be simplified before the effect can be applied. Simplifying the layer means you lose any text editability.