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Adding effects

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Adding effects

Effects offer lots of different looks that you can apply to your photos. Effects are similar to filters, but they are a little more complex. A single effect can automatically add layers and layers styles and special effects, all with one click. Before I apply an effect, I always check my LAYERS panel, and if I have more than one layer here, I'll make sure to click on the topmost layer that I want to have affected by an effect, because when I apply an effect, it will apply to the visible areas of all of the layers beneath it.

Adding effects

Effects offer lots of different looks that you can apply to your photos. Effects are similar to filters, but they are a little more complex. A single effect can automatically add layers and layers styles and special effects, all with one click. Before I apply an effect, I always check my LAYERS panel, and if I have more than one layer here, I'll make sure to click on the topmost layer that I want to have affected by an effect, because when I apply an effect, it will apply to the visible areas of all of the layers beneath it.

To apply an effect, I'll go to the EFFECTS panel here. If yours isn't open, you can open it from the Window menu at the top of the screen. In the EFFECTS panel, I'll click the third icon for Photo Effects, and then I'll go to the Category menu and I'll choose the category of effects that I want to use. I am going to try out Vintage Photo. There is only one effect here. To apply it, I'll select its thumbnail and I'll click Apply. In just a moment, the effect is applied to the image. This particular effect has added some sepia toning.

It's given the background the look of antique paper and it's created a new layer here in the LAYERS panel. This effect looks good on this particular photo but it may not look good on another. But really the only thing that you can do is just practice trial-and-error. Applying an effect and if you don't like it, undoing or in this case, I could just remove the Background copy layer that the effect created by dragging that to the trash can at the bottom of the LAYERS panel. I am going to try an effect from another category. I'll go up to the Category menu in the EFFECTS panel and this time, I am going to choose Miscellaneous Effects.

Now, there are lots of icons here, and I really don't know one from the other. So one thing I can do is click on this panel menu, which is a little bit hard to see over on the top-right of the EFFECTS panel, and from the contextual menu, choose Show Names. And that at least gives me a name under each one of these thumbnails, suggesting what that effect might do. I am going to try out this Oil Pastel effect by clicking its thumbnail and then clicking Apply. Now, I can apply more than one effect to the same image. Effects are cumulative. So this time, I am going to go up to the Category menu and I am going to choose Frame.

I'll select the first icon here, which is going to add a Drop Shadow type frame to this image. Because I want the frame to be white, I want to make sure that white is the background color here in the toolbox. If it isn't, I will press D on my keyboard to set the colors to their defaults, which are black as the foreground and white as the background color. And then with the Drop Shadow effect highlighted in the EFFECTS panel, I'll click Apply. If you get a result like this, just go to the bottom-right corner of this inner document window, move your mouse over that corner and click-and-drag a little to see the full effect.

I think effects can create some really beautiful looks for your photos. But like any special effect feature, I suggest that you apply effects with a light hand judiciously rather than just piling them on, and that will make your photos look more interesting and sophisticated.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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