Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding effects and text, part of Photoshop Elements 13 Essential Training.
Elements Expert Edit workspace comes with a number of creative effects that you can use to enhance a photo. Earlier, we saw that the Quick Edit workspace has its own effects. Well, so does Expert Edit, so let's take a look at them. Here in the Expert Edit workspace, you normally can see layers in the column on the right. To display effects instead, I'll come down to the bottom of the screen and I'll click the Effects button in the task bar. Now, we can see categories of effects in the column on the right, and you can access different categories by clicking this drop-down menu.
These thumbnails give you some idea of what the effect will look like when applied, but the effects really do look different on different photos. So to try out an effect, I usually apply it to a photo, I can always undo if I don't like it. To apply an effect, I'll double-click its thumbnail here in the column on the right, and that applies the effect. I actually think that one looks quite nice on this photo. Now, if I want to try out some other effects, I usually like to undo the first effect, because effects are accumulative. To undo, I can either come down to the task bar at the bottom of the screen and click Undo, or I could press the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+Z, that's Cmd+Z on the Mac.
Let's take a look at another category of effects. I'll click the category drop-down menu, and I'll choose the Monotone Color category. Here, I can double click one of these thumbnails to apply a monotone effect like that. Let's say I want to apply another effect on top of this. I'll go to another category, Panels, and I'll double-click one of these thumbnails to apply this panel effect right on top of the Monotone effect. Now, say that you want to undo more than one effect at a time. Well, you could, click the Undo button several times at the bottom of the screen.
Or, of you want to take the photo back to the last time you saved it, in this case, before I'd applied any effects, you can go up to the Edit menu and choose Revert. Now, let's take a look at the next tab in the column on the right, and that is the Filters tab. Filters are also organized into categories. This is the Artistic category. You can see that there are lots of categories here. Many of them decorative filters, some for addressing photo quality, like Noise and Sharpen. When you select a category from that drop-down menu, you see thumbnails of all the filters in that category.
And if I hover over one of those thumbnails, I can see its name. The thumbnails also give you an idea of how the filter will look on a photo. But again, you really need to apply these to a particular photo to see the effect on that photo. So I'm going to double-click this filter, and that applies it to the photo. I'm going to undo one more time, Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac. Now, we also have Styles here, and Styles means layer styles. Before I apply a layer style, I usually want to have some transparency around the content of a layer.
A perfect example is text on a layer. So let's create a layer like that and then apply some layer styles to it. I'll go back to the Layers panel by clicking the Layers button at the bottom of the screen, and I'll make a Type layer. Now, when you use one of the type tools which are accessible from here in the toolbar, a new layer is made for you automatically. I've already selected some options from my horizontal type tool. You can choose a font and a color, and a type size as you like. Then I'll move into the image, and I'm going to type New, and then press Enter or Return to go to the next line, Years.
And then I'll click the green check mark. When you do enter text, then the Expert Edit workspace automatically switches you to the Move tool, because what you're going to most likely do next is to click inside of the bounding box around the new text, and drag it into place. Notice that in the Layers panel, there is now a brand new layer. I didn't have to create a layer first, as I would if I wanted to add pixels on a new layer. Now I mentioned that layer styles look best on a layer that has transparency around its content. If I turn off the Background layer momentarily by clicking its eye icon, you can see the gray and white checkerboard that represents transparency around the text on the New Years' layer.
I'll turn the Background layer on again. So, I'd like to add some layer styles to the New Years text. I'll make sure that the New Years' layer is selected in the Layers panel, that's important. And then I'll come down and I'll click the Effects button in the task bar, and I have the Styles tab selected there. The first category of layer styles is Bevels, so let's try out a Bevel effect on the New Years text. I'll double click this Simple Sharp Inner Bevel, and I think that looks fine. Now, let's apply a Drop Shadow too to set that off a bit from the background.
I'll click the drop-down menu for Styles, and I'll choose Drop Shadows. And here are a number of different ones to try. I'm going to go with the Soft-Edged Drop Shadow here, double clicking it to just add a little dark shadow behind the text to set it off from the background. And if you want to see the result without the bounding box around the text, you could just change tools, or you can uncheck Show Bounding Box as an option for the Move tool. I'll just switch tools. And there's the result. All that's left to do is to save it so it appears in my organizer.
- Importing photos from a camera or drive
- Adjusting lighting and color quickly
- Adding effects, textures, and frames
- Cropping and resizing photos
- Compositing with layer masks
- Adding text to photos
- Content-aware retouching
- Working with raw photos
- Finding photos by keyword
- Making local albums
- Sharing photos