Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding effects, textures, and frames in Quick Edit, part of Photoshop Elements 13 Essential Training.
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There's more that you can do to your photos than just adjust their photo quality here in the Quick Edit workspace. You can get really creative with your photos using the effects, the textures, and the frames that come with the Quick Edit workspace. To see the effects that you can apply to a photo, click the Effects button in the taskbar at the bottom of the Quick Edit workspace. And that populates the column on the right with a series of categories of effects. If I scroll down, you can see all the categories that Elements currently has.
Now I say categories, because each one of these items is not just a single effect. It's a whole set of effects. If I go back up for example to the first effect tint and I click it, that apply's that tint to the photo. At the same time it opens a panel, where you can see variations on the tint effect. So that gives me a total of five different effects. The copper tint, the sepia tint, the sienna type tint which I can apply by clicking on it. I think I'm going to go back and apply the copper tint.
I like that with this photo. Now, I could stop here and just save this in a version set with the original photo, but I want to try applying a texture on top of this effect. So I'll go to the Task Bar and I'll click on the Textures icon, and here I'm going to choose the Scratch texture which creates a kind of a distressed look on this photo. I can save at this point but I want to go even further. I want to add an old fashioned frame to this photo on top of the effect and the texture. So I'll click the Frames button in the task bar.
Here I'm going to choose this aged frame, clicking that icon applies the frame to the photo. Notice that there is a bounding box representing the photo inside the frame. If I click inside that bounding box, I can reposition the photo in the frame. If I click near that bounding box, that brings up a scale slider that I can use to make the photo larger or smaller inside the frame. And then I can click inside the enlarged photo and reposition it again. When I'm satisfied, I'll click the green check mark.
Now I can also can scale and reposition the entire image, meaning the frame and the photo together. To do that, I'll make sure that the Move tool is selected in the tool bar, as it is automatically when I'm working with frames and that the show bounding box option is checked down in the tool options for the Move tool. Then I'll click near the outside of the image, and then I'll click again on the frame. Now this is a different bounding box. If I click and drag one of the corners of the bounding box, that scales the entire image, frame and photo together.
I can move outside of that corner. My cursor changes to a curved arrow. And I can drag to rotate the frame and the photo. And then I can click inside of the bounding box and drag to position the whole thing on the canvas. When I'm satisfied, I'll click the green check mark. And if I want to see the results without that bounding box, I'll come down to the tool options for the move tool and I'll uncheck show bounding box. And there's my result. At this point, I would save the image in a version set with the original just as I showed you how to do in preceding movies about the Quick Edit workspace.
So I think you can see how creative you can get with the multiple variations on effects, with textures, and with frames here in the Quick Edit workspace.
- 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