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Applying effects


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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Applying effects

Effects are similar to filters and that they offer lots of different looks for your photos, but effects are more complex than filters. A single effect can automatically add layers and layers styles and special effects and more all in the blink of an eye. Let us take a look at some of the sophisticated looks you can get with effects. I'm using theater.jpg from the 11_02-effects subfolder of the Chapter11 Exercise Files folder. Before you apply an effect to take a look at your Layers palette, if you have multiple layers -- we don't have this time, but if we did make sure you are the top layer if you want your effect to apply to the entire image and then go up to the Effects palette.
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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training
6h 41m Beginner Sep 26, 2008

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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting photos from a camera, scanner, or files
  • Organizing and finding photos with tags, albums, and Smart Collections
  • Using automatic and guided edit tools for common fixes
  • Mastering Full Edit mode for refining, retouching, and photo editing
  • Adding special effects and text
  • Sharing and backing up images on Photoshop.com
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Applying effects

Effects are similar to filters and that they offer lots of different looks for your photos, but effects are more complex than filters. A single effect can automatically add layers and layers styles and special effects and more all in the blink of an eye. Let us take a look at some of the sophisticated looks you can get with effects. I'm using theater.jpg from the 11_02-effects subfolder of the Chapter11 Exercise Files folder. Before you apply an effect to take a look at your Layers palette, if you have multiple layers -- we don't have this time, but if we did make sure you are the top layer if you want your effect to apply to the entire image and then go up to the Effects palette.

If yours isn't open like mine is, click the arrow to the left of it to expand it. Then click on the third icon from the left, which is the Effects icon. Right now we are looking at just the three effects in the single category called Faded Photo, but if I click this menu and I choose another category I'll see more effects. For example I'm going to go down to the Vintage Photo category and see what is there. Just a single effect but it is a good one, to apply that I'm just going to click on the effect to select it and go down and click Apply. In the blink on an eye Elements applies this, what I think is a relatively sophisticated effect to this photo. It converted the photo to black and white and added sepia toning and made it look like it is printed on antique paper.

And if you look in the layers palette you will see that it created a new layer. This effect looks good on this particular photo, but it may not look good on another photo. So really the only thing you can do is just trial and error. Try an effect and if you don't like it you can delete it by going to the Edit menu and choosing Undo or pressing Ctrl+C on your keyboard. Let's try an effect from another category. I'll go to the Category menu in the effects panel and this time I'm going to choose Miscellaneous Effects. When you see so many icons like this it is hard to know which is which, but you can add names to each one of these icons. To do that you go to the double pointed arrow at the top right of the Effects panel and from there you will choose Show Names and now you can get at least a sense of what each one of these effects is supposed to do.

I would like to add an Oil Pastel look to this photo, so I'll select that effect and then click Apply. And you can see the results in the document window. Effects are cumulative; to do that once you have applied one effect, you just apply another on top of it. Let's try that, I'm going to go the Category menu again and this time I'm going to choose the Frame category. Each of these applies a different kind of frame to your photo. I would like to have a white frame around this photo, so before I apply this effect, I'm going to go to my foreground and background color boxes over here in the Toolbox and I'm going to click the tiny icon to the bottom left of those which sets them back to their defaults. Black foreground color, white background color and that is what I want because this particular effect takes the color that is in the background color and makes a frame of that.

You could choose any color you want as the background color and that would affect the frame that is made for you with this effect. So let us go ahead and apply this Drop Shadow frame effect by selecting it and then clicking Apply. Now I can't see the whole thing, so I'm going to go over to the tool box and use my shortcut for Fit on Screen which is the double-click the Hand tool. As you can see this effect has done quite a bit of work to the image, it has expanded the canvas, added a couple of layers and added a Drop Shadow effect to the photo. I think it looks pretty nice. So as you have seen effects can create some really beautiful looks for your photos, but like any of the special effect features I suggest that you apply effects judiciously rather then piling them on to make your photos look more interesting and sophisticated.

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