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A photo effect is a mini routine that applies multiple steps to an image to change its look creatively. A single photo effect might add multiple filters, layers, and layer styles all in combination. Before you apply a photo effect, if you have multiple layers in a file, be sure to select the layer that you want to impact in the Layers panel. Some photo effects apply to just a selected layer; others, to the entire image. To apply a photo effect, I will go up to the Effects panel. If your Effects panel isn't open, you can open it from the Window menu. I will click on the third icon from the left, the Photo Effects icon, and then I will use the dropdown menu to choose a category of photo effects.
In the Frame category, there are three photo effects. I am going to go with this middle one: the Recessed Frame. To apply a photo effect, I just double-click its thumbnail here in the Effects panel, and in just a moment, Elements has performed several steps to give me this result. You can see in the Layers panel that this particular effect added a layer. Other photo effects will also add layers, some flatten layers, and some apply multiple filters or layer styles in combination. I will apply another photo effect from another category: the Miscellaneous Effects category.
I will double-click this Blizzard effect, because I want to show you that you can undo an effect, and that removes the last effect that you applied. So if I go up to the Undo button, and click there, I no longer have a Blizzard effect, but I do have that Recessed Frame effect. If you want to get rid of all the effects on a photo, use this snapshot at the top of the Undo History panel, or go to the Edit menu, and choose Revert, and that will take you back to the last saved version of the file. You can run multiple photo effects on the same photo for a cumulative result. For example, with this Recessed Frame effect in place, I will go to another category of photo effects: the Old Photo Category, and there I am going to run the Pencil Sketch effect on top of the Recessed Frame effect, and that's the result.
When you apply a photo effect, you don't get a preview, and you don't get a chance to customize the results like you do when you use filters, as we saw in the last movie, but effects are a quick and simple way to run multiple steps on a photo at once.
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