The Guided mode provides you with guided edits - a wizard-like interface to accomplish certain predefined effects. Each guided edit has an associated image. As you move the mouse horizontally over the image, the portion to the left of the slider displays the image before the effect is applied. The portion to the right of the slider displays the image after the effect is applied.

Double Exposure guided edit

Introduced in Photoshop Elements 2018

The Double Exposure guided edit lets you create a surreal double exposure effect by merging two images. You can import a photo from your computer or select from one of the included sample photos.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Open a photo in Photoshop Elements.
    • Select a photo from the Photo Bin.
  2. Click Guided > Fun Edits > Double Exposure.

  3. (Optional) Crop the photo using the crop tool to keep your subject in the center of the frame.

  4. Select the main subject of your photo using the Auto or Quick selection tool.

    For more information about Auto selection tool, see Use the Auto Selection tool.

    For more information about Quick selection tool, see Use the Quick Selection tool.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • Click Import a photo to import a background image from your computer.
    • Select one of the included sample photos.

    You can adjust the intensity of the background using the Intensity slider.

  6. (Optional) Click the Move Tool to move the subject or the background image.

  7. (Optional) Apply an effect from the available options. You can adjust the intensity of the effect using the Intensity slider.

  8. After you get the desired result, click Next to choose how you would like to proceed:

    • Save - Save / Save As: Preserve the newly created image in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the image - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter: You can upload your photo online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

Effects Collage guided edit

Introduced in Photoshop Elements 15

The Effects Collage Guided Edit helps you apply effects to different sections of your photograph. Take a regular image and apply multiple effects to it to make an eye-popping piece of contemporary art.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Open a photo in Photoshop Elements.
    • Select a photo from the Photo Bin.
  2. Click Guided > Fun Edits > Effects Collage.

  3. Select how many sections you want on your photo. Options are 2, 3, and 4.

  4. Select from the available options for a layout.  

    Effects Collage Guided Edit
    Photo with a layout applied.

  5. Choose a collage style. Scroll through the thumbnails to pick and apply the right combination of effects.

  6. (Optional) Use the Opacity slider to vary the intensity of the effects applied to the photo.  

    Effects Collage Guided Edit
    Photo with a layout, layout style, and effects collage applied.

  7. After you get the desired result, click Next to choose how you would like to proceed:

    • Save - Save / Save As: Preserve the newly created image in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the image - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

Old Fashioned Photo guided edit

For more information on the features used in this Guided Edit, see Using the Effects panel, Specify the opacity of a layer, and About Levels adjustments.

Out of Bounds guided edit

The Out Of Bounds option in Guided Edit helps you add a frame to an image and display a selected part of the image outside the frame.

Out Of Bounds Guided Edit
A. Original image B. After adding a frame C. After selecting the part to extend D. Final image 
  1. In the Guided Edits panel, select Out Of Bounds.

  2. Click Add Frame to add a frame to the image.

  3. Drag the corners of the frame to leave a part of the main subject outside the frame.

  4. Add a perspective by pressing Control + Alt + Shift (Command + Option + Shift in Mac OS) and dragging the handles of the frame. Click Commit.

  5. Adjust the width of the frame border by dragging the boundaries. Click Commit.

  6. Using the Quick Selection tool, select the part of the image that should extend outside the frame.

  7. Click Out of Bounds Effect.

  8. (Optional) Add a shadow.

  9. (Optional) Click Add A Background Gradient.

  10. Click Next to move to the Share panel or Cancel to close Out of Bounds Guided Edit.

    The Share panel is displayed to the right of your picture. In this panel, you can save the picture at the same location or save it as another picture. You can take the picture to the Quick Edit or Expert Edit rooms. You can also share the picture one Facebook, Flickr, or Twitter.

    Share Panel in Guided Edit window

    A (Save) & B (Save As)

    Save your edited picture to a folder on your computer. If you have not saved the edits before, you are asked to pick a folder on your computer where you want to save your picture.

    Use the Save As option to save the edited picture to another folder or by another name.

    The JPEG Options dialog allows you to select some advanced image formatting options. If you don't want to make any special changes, click OK to accept the settings that are applied by Photoshop Elements.

    C (In Quick) & D (In Expert)

    Take your picture to the Quick Edit or Expert Edit rooms. This means that you have made edits in the Guided Edit and now making more adjustments in the Quick or Expert modes.

    E (Facebook), F (Flickr), & G (Twitter(

    Share your freshly edited picture with your family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Or upload you pictures to Flickr where you can create photo albums that you can share.

    Note:

    For Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, Photoshop Elements will ask you to allow it to post your pictures to their websites. However, this is a one-time activity for each of them.

  11. Click Done.

Painterly guided edit

Introduced in Photoshop Elements 15

Painterly is a way to create artistic output by painting your photo with a brush on different textured canvasses and applying different painting effects. Find this Guided Edit in Guided > Fun Edits > Painterly.

  1. Open a photograph in Photoshop Elements.

  2. Click Guided > Fun Edits > Painterly.

  3. Click Paint Brush. You are about to select the area of the photo that you will work on for the rest of this task.

    • Show / Hide. Use Show to paint over areas you want to reveal. Use Hide to paint over areas you want to hide.
    • Presets. Choose the kind of brush you want to use to create the right effect for your painting.
    • Size. Use the Size slider to determine the size of brush strokes on your photo. 
    • Opacity. Use the opacity slider to determine the intensity of the original revealed upon painting with the brush.
    • Brush Angle. Use the Brush Angle control to rotate the brush.
    Painterly Guided Edit
    Paint over the areas that you want to reveal in your painting.

  4. Select a canvas color for the rest of the photo. You can choose from the available colors - Black or White. However, you can also click Select Custom Color and click anywhere on the revealed part of the photo to pick a different color. 

    Add color to canvas in Painterly Guided Edit
    A custom canvas color has been applied.

  5. (Optional) Select a texture for the canvas (the background).

  6. To accentuate the texture, click Effect and apply an effect.

    Select a texture for the canvas in Painterly Guided Edit
    Your painting with a texture and effect applied.

  7. After you get the desired result, click Next to choose how you would like to proceed:

    • Save - Save / Save As: Preserve the newly created image in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the image - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

Photo Text guided edit

Introduced in Photoshop Elements 15

The Photo Text Guided Edit allows you to use one of your photos to create cool visual text. Use any photo as a background, and when you use the Photo Text Guided Edit, you can get fun text that is stenciled on to your photo.  

  1. Open a photograph in Photoshop Elements.

  2. Click Guided > Fun Edits > Photo Text.

  3. Click Type Tool, click anywhere on the photo, and then type your text. You can change the font, size, and style of the text from the Tool Options bar in the Guided workspace. When you are done typing, click the green check mark to commit your changes.

  4. Choose if you want to resize the text on your photo using the Fit or Fill options.

    • Fit: Expands the text to fit across the width of the photo. The aspect ratio of the font is maintained.
    • Fill: Expands the text to cover the height and width of the photo.
  5. Select a background style for the photo text. Choose from Black, White, or Clear.

    Photo Text Guided Edit
    Photo Text, with a clear background.

  6. Click Crop Image to remove any extra space around the text.

    Note:

    Move your text to the position of your choice on the image, before clicking Crop Image.

  7. Apply effects to your text using one of the three presets. Choose from Small, Medium, or Large. The buttons vary the Bevel, Drop Shadow, and Strokes of your text.

    Note:

    To modify the Bevel, Drop Shadow, and Stroke to suit your requirements, click Advanced and continue modifying the applied effects.

    Apply effects to your text in Photo Text Guided Edit
  8. After you get the desired result, click Next to choose how you would like to proceed:

    • Save - Save / Save As: Preserve the newly created image in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the image - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

Picture Stack guided edit

The Picture Stack Guided Edit helps you add frames to your photo, giving it an outlook of a creative collage.

  1. Open a photograph in Photoshop Elements.

  2. Click Guided > Fun Edits > Picture Stack. 

  3. Select the number of pictures you want in your photo collage from the available options. 

  4. Add a border to your pictures using one of the three presets. Choose from Small, Medium, or Large.

  5. Click one of the following buttons to change the background:

    • Gradient
    • Solid Color

    In the dialog box, specify the color, blending mode, and opacity. Click OK. 

  6. After you get the desired result, click Next to choose how you would like to proceed:

    • Save - Save / Save As: Preserve the newly created image in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the image - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

Pop Art guided edit

In Guided Edit, transform an image into pop art in three simple steps. What’s more, you have a choice of two styles.

  1. In Guided mode, select Pop Art.

  2. Choose a style and follow the onscreen instructions:

    Style A

    Convert the image mode, add color, and duplicate the image with different pop colors.

    Style B

    Posterize the image, add a neon glow, and duplicate the image with different pop colors.

Puzzle Effect guided edit

The Puzzle Effect Guided Edit creates the visual effect of a photograph being created by putting together pieces of a puzzle. With the Guided Edit, you can extract a few pieces of the puzzle from their slots, and move them around to simulate the feel of an unfinished puzzle.

Puzzle Effect Guided Edit
The Puzzle Effect Guided Edit enables you to leave a few tiles out of place, to render a realistic view of a puzzle.

  1. Click Small, Medium, or Large, to select the size of the tiles that your photo will be sliced into.

  2. To make the puzzle look real, you can select a few tiles to be out of their intended place. Click Select Puzzle Piece Button, and then click a tile in the puzzle. The tile is selected.

  3. Click Extract Piece to displace the selected tile. The Move Tool is automatically selected.

  4. Drag the selected tile around to any location on the canvas, or use the handles to rotate or scale it.

    Note:

    Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4, to extract and move around multiple tiles.  

  5. (Optional) Click Eraser Tool to remove any unnecessary artifacts that may have been introduced as a result of applying this Guided Edit.

  6. Click Next to move to the Share panel or Cancel to close Pop Art Guided Edit.

    The Share panel is displayed to the right of your picture. In this panel, you can save the picture at the same location or save it as another picture. You can take the picture to the Quick Edit or Expert Edit rooms. You can also share the picture one Facebook, Flickr, or Twitter.

    Share panel in Pop Art Guided Edit

    A (Save) & B (Save As)

    Save your edited picture to a folder on your computer. If you have not saved the edits before, you will be asked to pick a folder on your computer where you want to save your picture.

    Use the Save As option to save the edited picture to another folder or by another name.

    The JPEG Options dialog allows you to select some advanced image formatting options. If you don't want to make any special changes, click OK to accept the settings that are applied by Photoshop Elements.

    C (In Quick) & D (In Expert)

    Take your picture to the Quick Edit or Expert Edit rooms. This means that you have make edits in the Guided Edit room and then make some more adjustments in the Quick and Expert rooms.

    E (Facebook), F (Flickr), & G (Twitter(

    Share your freshly edited picture with your family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Or upload you pictures to Flickr where you can create photo albums that you can share.

    Note:

    For Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, Photoshop Elements will ask you to allow it to post your pictures to their websites. However, this is a one-time activity for each of them.

  7. Click Done.

Reflection guided edit

In this Guided Edit, choose a predefined reflection effect and apply it to an image in a few steps.

Note:

For best results, avoid skipping a step or performing the steps in a random order.

  1. In Guided mode, select Reflection.

  2. Click Add Reflection to create an inverted duplicate layer.

  3. Click Eyedropper tool, to choose the background color for reflection.

  4. Choose a color from the image and click Fill Background.

  5. Click one of the following buttons to apply a reflection type:

    • Floor Reflection

    • Glass Reflection

    • Water Reflection

  6. (Optional) Adjust the intensity of reflection.

  7. (Optional) Click Add Distortion to distort the reflection in a realistic way.

  8. (Optional) Click Crop Tool to remove unnecessary areas.

  9. (Optional) Click Gradient Tool and drag a gradient line from the bottom of the reflection to the bottom of the image.

  10. After you get the desired result, click Next to choose how you would like to proceed:

    • Save - Save / Save As: Preserve the newly created image in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the image - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

Speed Effect guided edit

Infuse an object with the illusion of motion and speed using the Speed Effect Guided Edit.

  1. Select an image in the Photo Bin, and then choose Guided room > Fun Edits > Speed Effect.

  2. Use the Quick Selection Tool to select the portion of the image or an object in your picture that you want to provide a sense of motion to. Use the Add or Subtract buttons to add to or refine your selection.

    Note:

    Use the Brush Size slider to select large objects quickly or select smaller objects more carefully.

  3. Click Add Speed Effect to introduce the illusion of a moving object. If the object is not exactly horizontal or vertical, use the Angle control to provide a direction to the speed effect.

  4. Click Add Focus Area to remove portions of the effect applied. For example, if the effect is applied to the image in the projection path of a selected object, paint that path. The effect should noticeably reduce in that area of the image. Repeat until the speed effect is only in the regions you would like it to appear.

  5. Click Refine Effect, and then add or remove the motion blur effect to the selected objects.

    • The Size slider controls the thickness of swathes drawn.
    • The Opacity slider controls the density of swathes drawn. Choose to make the motion starkly apparent or subtle.
  6. After you get the desired result, click Next to choose how you would like to proceed:

    • Save - Save / Save As: Preserve the newly created image in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the image - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

Shape Overlay Effect guided edit

Introduced in Photoshop Elements 2018

The Shape Overlay Effect guided edit lets you add different shapes to your photo and create amazing effects. You can add inside and outside effects after adding a shape to your photo.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Open a photo in Photoshop Elements.
    • Select a photo from the Photo Bin.
  2. Select Guided > Fun Edits > Shape Overlay Effect.

  3. Click Select a shape and choose a shape to add to your photo.

    You can resize and rotate the shape according to your liking.

  4. Click the Move Tool to move the shape to a desirable position on the photo.

  5. Click Outside Effect to apply an effect outside the shape you have added.

    You can adjust the intensity of the effect.

  6. Click Inside Effect to apply an effect inside the shape you have added.

    You can adjust the intensity of the effect.

  7. (Optional) Do one of the following:

    • Click the Crop Tool and crop the photo according to your liking.
    • Click Crop to Shape to automatically crop the photo according to the shape you have added to the photo.
  8. After you get the desired result, click Next to choose how you would like to proceed:

    • Save - Save / Save As: Preserve the newly created image in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the image - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter: You can upload your photo online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

Speed Pan guided edit

Introduced in Photoshop Elements 15

The Speed Pan guided edit is a great way to add a sense of motion to your photo’s subject by blurring the background. Here's how:

  1. Open a photograph in Photoshop Elements.

  2. Click Guided > Fun Edits > Speed Pan.

  3. Click Quick Selection Tool, and then select the object in the photograph that must appear to be moving.

    • Add. Add areas to the object selection.
    • Subtract. Remove areas that must be part of the background that must appear with motion blur.
    • Brush Size. Use the slider to set the size of the brush.
    Speed Pan Guided Edit
    Mark your selection with the Quick Selection Tool

  4. Click Add Motion Blur, to introduce the sense of movement in the photo. 

    • Intensity. Use the Intensity slider to vary the amount of blur introduced in the image. 
    • Angle. Use the Angle control to vary the direction of the perceived motion.
    Add Motion Blur in Speed Pan Guided Edit
    The Speed Pan effect applied at an approximate angle of 115 degrees.

  5. (Optional) Use the Refine Effect Brush to fine-tune the amount of motion blur applied to the photo. 

  6. After you get the desired result, click Next to choose how you would like to proceed:

    • Save - Save / Save As: Preserve the newly created image in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the image - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

Zoom Burst Effect guided edit

Zoom Burst Guided Edit

The Zoom Burst effect creates the illusion of motion, with attention drawn to the central object in your photograph. This effect can, generally, be produced manually by zooming in on an object, while the shutter is open.  

  1. Use the Crop tool, to crop your image in a way that enables your primary object to be in focus .

  2. Use the Zoom Burst button, to apply a selective radial blur effect to your image. This effect provides the illusion of motion.

  3. Use the Add Focus Area button, to add an area of focus on the image. This button provides a gradient tool. Drag the gradient tool on the part of image you want to bring in focus.

    Note:

    Add more focus areas if you would like more than one portion of the photo to appear in focus.

  4. Use the Apply Vignette button to automatically apply a vignetted effect. This helps to intensify the appearance of the Guided Edit.

  5. After you get the desired result, click Next to choose how you would like to proceed:

    • Save - Save / Save As: Preserve the newly created image in any of the available formats.
    • Continue editing - In Quick / In Expert: Choose where you would like to continue working on the image - in Quick mode or Expert mode.
    • Share - Facebook / Flickr / Twitter: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

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