Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding effects in Quick Edit, part of Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 12.
When you're feeling creative, there are some really fun things you can do to your photos here in the quick edit work space, using effects, textures, and frames, all of which are accessible from the task pane at the bottom of the quick edit work space. So, here I have a photo that I took at night in Annecy, France. And the lights on this building made the scene look a little bit unreal to start with. So I think this is a great candidate for special effects. To apply a one click effect to this photo, I'll go to the bottom of the quick edit workspace and click Effects in the task pane.
And that changes the column on the right to the Effects column where you'll see previews of some built-in one-click effects as they'll look on this photo. Now it's hard to judge from these little thumbnails what each effect is going to look like on the photo. So I'll often go through applying them to the photo and judge that way. If you hover over a photo, in just a moment you can see a tool tip that tells you its name. So here is the Deep Copper Effect. I think that looks pretty good on this photo. Here is a Lithograph Effect. It's pretty extreme.
Here's the Light Leak Effect. And here's the Vintage Effect, which I like on this photo. I also like the Sepia version, so I'm going to go back with the Sepia, clicking on that to apply the effect. At this point I could save and close the image in a version set with the original so I wouldn't be saving over the original color version. But I want to try out some textures and frames on this image, too. I can add those on top of this effect. To add a texture, I'll click the Textures button in the task pane at the bottom of Quick Edit.
And here I have a number of different texture overlays that I can apply to this image. I'm going to go with this Scratched Effect, which adds to the old-fashioned look. And then I'm going to add a Frame on top of this. So I'll click the Frames button in the task pane at the bottom of the Quick Edit work space, and here I see a number of frames that I can choose from. I'm partial to this one, which is an old fashioned looking frame. I'll click on it, and in just a moment, Elements applies that frame to the image on top of both the effect and the texture that I applied earlier.
Notice that in the Toolbox the Move tool is selected. If I click on the Move Tool that opens the Tool Options for the Move Tool. I'm going to check Show Bounding Box. And then I'm going to close the Tool Options by clicking the Tool Options button in the Task pane. So now you can see this Bounding Box that designates the frame. With that Bounding Box active, I can move inside the image and click and drag to move the image around in the frame to get it just where I want it.
I want to bring in the top of that flag so I'll put it just about there. I also can Zoom In and Out of the image inside the frame. To do that I'm going to click on a corner anchor point and drag in just a tiniest bit to bring up this slider. Then I can move the slider to the right to Zoom In inside the frame or to the left to Zoom Out. And when I'm done I'll click the Green Check Mark. I can still click and drag to reposition the image inside the frame. And if I click outside of the frame and then back on a very edge of the frame, I've selected a different Bounding Box.
With this Bounding Box, I can move the entire image plus its frame around in the canvas. I can even make the whole thing smaller by clicking on one of the corner anchor points and dragging toward the center. Then, I'll click inside of the image in its frame, and I'll move it where I want it on the canvas. And if you look at the center anchor point at the bottom of the image, notice that there's a little handle there. If I move my cursor outside that handle, I can click and drag to rotate the image and its frame. And when I'm happy with the result I'll click the Check Mark.
If I want to see how it looks without that Bounding Box, I'll go back to the Move Tool. In the Move Tool Options that appear, I'll uncheck Show Bounding Box, and I'll click Tool Options to collapse the Tool Options bar and see the result. And if I like that result, I'll close and save it in a version set with the original.
- Importing photos from a hard drive or camera
- One-click editing with Instant Fix
- Making Quick Edits to color and lighting
- Adding effects in Quick Edit
- Straightening with content-aware fill
- Working with folders and files in the Organizer
- Keyword tagging
- Making albums
- Sharing photos via email or social media