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The Picture Stack effect

From: Getting Started with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: The Picture Stack effect

Another new guided Edit option, that is new in Photoshop Elements 10, is the Picture Stack Effect. This effect creates the illusion of several pictures stacked on top of one another, that together makes one overall image. You have to see it to believe it. Let me show you how it works. I'm beginning this video in the Elements 10 Organizer, and I'm going to scroll down in my Media Browser. To find a file that I think will work well with this effect. And the image that I've chosen to use is this image here, called _MG_9967.JPG. So with this photo highlighted, I'm going to come over here to the Fix tab. Click on the Drop Down menu and choose Guided Photo Edit. When this image is open in the Photoshop Elements Editor, I'm going to scroll down to the category called Photo Play.

The Picture Stack effect

Another new guided Edit option, that is new in Photoshop Elements 10, is the Picture Stack Effect. This effect creates the illusion of several pictures stacked on top of one another, that together makes one overall image. You have to see it to believe it. Let me show you how it works. I'm beginning this video in the Elements 10 Organizer, and I'm going to scroll down in my Media Browser. To find a file that I think will work well with this effect. And the image that I've chosen to use is this image here, called _MG_9967.JPG. So with this photo highlighted, I'm going to come over here to the Fix tab. Click on the Drop Down menu and choose Guided Photo Edit. When this image is open in the Photoshop Elements Editor, I'm going to scroll down to the category called Photo Play.

And I'm going to click on the Picture Stack Effect to make that option active. The first thing that's going to show up here is this preview of what the image looks like. And it gives you an idea of how this effect is going to work, because if you hover over the image, it shows you the before. And then when you move over it'll show you what it's going to look like with the Picture stack effect applied. So the first thing I need to do is choose how many overall pictures I want to use to create this effect.

Now I'm going to use four images in this particular case, or four pictures I should say. And you have the choice between four, eight, and 12. So I'm going to click on four and Photoshop Elements Editor is going to do the work for me. And it's essentially going to break down this image into four separate photos. Now, the next step is to simply choose, the width of the border. So, I can go with small which is what's currently being used.

Click on Medium, it's going to add a little bit thicker border, and Large is going to add an even bigger border. So I think I like the way the Large border looks here. And then down at the bottom, the third option is for me to choose what color I want to use for the background. Now, right now, it's using the solid black color for the background. But what I'm going to do is click on the Solid Color option. I can give the layer a name, so I'm going to call this Background Color, and I'll click Okay. And now it gives me the option of what color I'd like to use for the background. I can use the color picker here, but what I can also do is actually move my cursor over the image itself.

And I can just click on an area to pick up the color from one of these photos. When I click Okay, that will apply that color to the background. And once I'm happy with the overall appearance of the image, I'm going to go ahead and click Done. And now I have my Picture Stack Effect applied as desired. I'm going to click on the X to close this image and it asks me if I want to save this image before I close it. So I'm going to click Save, I'm going to give this a name. Now, I want to name this appropriately, so instead of Just _Edited.

I'm going to call this Picture_Stack. And I am going to make sure I include this in the Elements Organizer so that I can see it right away. I'm going to include the layers that have been created by this effect. And I also want to save this, version in a version set with the original. So I'm going to go ahead and click the Save button. That's going to save this document and it's going to close it, returning me to the Elements 10 Organizer. And you'll see when it returns to the Organizer, that this image now, is a version set.

And if I click the arrow, we can see that here's my original, untouched, unaltered. And here's the version that I composed with the Picture Stack Effect. As you can see, the Picture Stack Effect takes an everyday photo, and turns it into a creative masterpiece. Try it out on your own photos. And I think you'll find that Picture Stack Effect will become one of your favorite guided edit options within Photoshop Elements 10.

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