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.

Depth of Field effect

The Depth of Field effect allows you to focus on selected areas of the image by blurring out the rest of the image.

Simple method

In this method, a copy of the background layer is created and a uniform blur applied to it. Choose selected areas that you want to focus on. You can customize the degree of blur applied to the rest of the image.

  1. In Guided mode, from the Special Edits section, click Depth of Field.

  2. Click Simple.

  3. Click Add Blur. A uniform blur appears across the image.

  4. To define areas of focus, click Add Focus Area and drag the cursor across areas of the image you want to focus on.

  5. To customize the blur for the rest of the image, drag the Blur slider until you achieve the desired blur effect.

  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 / SmugMug Gallery: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

Custom method

In this method, you choose the objects you want to focus on using the quick selection tool. The blur is applied to unselected areas of the image. You can customize the degree of blur applied to the rest of the image.

  1. In Guided mode, from the Special Edits section, click Depth of Field.

  2. Click Custom.

  3. Click the Quick Selection tool and move over areas of the image you want to focus on.

  4. Click Add Blur. A uniform blur is applied to the rest of the image.

  5. To customize the blur for the rest of the image, drag the Blur slider until you achieve the desired blur effect.

  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 / SmugMug Gallery: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

Frame Creator

Introduced in Photoshop Elements 15

You can now create a photo frame using any photo that you have in your library. Use the Frame Creator guided edit to quickly create a custom frame to outline your photos. 

  1. Open a photograph in Photoshop Elements.

  2. Click Guided > Special > Frame Creator.

  3. Select an area on the photo where other photos can be placed by using one of the following selection tools:

    • Quick. Easily select large areas by dragging the tool across the photo.
    • Brush. Paint over areas of the photo where photos can be inserted.
    • Magic Wand. Click areas of the photo where photos can be inserted.
    • Polygon Lasso. Click the corners of the areas where a photo can be inserted.
    Frame Creator Guided Edit
    Use a tool to make a selection.

  4. Click Create Frame to create the frame. The part of the photo selected in the previous step is subtracted from the original photo to create the frame.

  5. Click Save Frame. Provide a meaningful name for your new frame.

  6. Click Continue in Expert to make further modifications to the frame, or to start using it. 

    Add a photo
    Use the frame right away!

    Note:

    All frames you created are available in Expert mode > Graphics panel. Use the Filters By Type > Frames > My Frames to filter the frames you created.

  7. Click or drag a photo to place it in the frame.  

    Use the frame in Frame Creator Guided edit
    Add a photo to the frame.

    Note:

    You can share your custom frames with others from the Graphics panel in the Expert mode. Use the filters By Type > Frames > My Frames. Right-click the frame that you want to share and select Reveal in Explorer.

Import a shared frame

Not only can you now create fun, customized frames that speak your story, you can also import frames that other Elements users have created.

Import a frame in a few simple steps:

  1. In Photoshop Elements, switch to Expert mode.

  2. Click Graphics, and then from the fly-out menu, click Add Frame.

  3. Select the PSD file that represents the frame you are importing, and then click Load.

View an imported frame:

  1. In Expert mode, click Graphics.

  2. From the drop-downs available in the right panel, choose By Type > Frames > My Frames.

Note:

The custom frames created using Frame Creator Guided Edit can be restored and reused on another device or with a different version of Photoshop Elements. To do this, take a backup of these frames before uninstalling Photoshop Elements 15, by copying your custom frames from the following locations in a different folder:

  • Windows: C:\ProgramData\Adobe\PhotoshopElements\15.0\Photo Creations\frames
  • Mac OS: /library/Application Support/Adobe/PhotoshopElements/15.0/Photo Creations/frames

Orton Effect Guided Effect

The Orton effect provides a dreamy effect to your photographs.

  1. In Guided mode, from the Special Edits section, click Orton Effect.

  2. In the Create Orton Effect panel, click Add Orton Effect.

  3. Edit the following parameters according to your requirements:

    Increase Blur

    Specifies the amount of blur in the out-of-focus layer.

    Increase Noise

    Adds noise to the blurred layer.

    Apply Brightness

    Increases brightness of the blurred layer.

  4. 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 / SmugMug Gallery: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

Note:

Use the zoom option in the editor to identify how the effect is applied to different areas of the photograph.

Recompose Guided Edit

For more information on the features used in the Recompose Photo Guided Edit, see Recomposing.

Perfect Portrait Guided Edit

In Guided Edit, create a perfect portrait by removing blemishes and enhancing various parts of the image with easy-to-use tools.

  1. In Guided mode, from the Special Edits section, click Perfect Portrait.

  2. Enhance the texture of the skin.

    1. Click Apply Smart Blur to smoothen the skin and remove wrinkles. For information about Smart Blur controls, see Smart Blur.

    2. Click Reveal Original. When the original skin is revealed from beneath the blurred skin, use the Blur brush to brush in the smooth skin where it is required.

    3. Click Increase Contrast to add clarity.

  3. Enhance facial features.

    1. Click Spot Healing Tool to fix small flaws. For help with using the Spot Healing brush, see Remove spots and small imperfections.

    2. Click Red Eye Removal Tool to precisely remove red eye. See Precisely remove red eye.

    3. Click Brighten Eyes to brighten the eyes.

    4. Click Darken Eyebrows to darken the eye lashes and eye brows. See Quickly lighten or darken isolated areas.

    5. Click White Teeth Tool to brighten the smile.

  4. Add special touch-ups.

    1. Click Add Glow. Adjust the sliders until you achieve the desired results.

    2. Click Slim.

      Note:

      Each click intensifies the effect.

  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 / SmugMug Gallery: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

Restore Old Photo Guided Edit

Photographs, over time, may get damaged due to the effects of the weather, quality of paper, or neglect. After digitization of a damaged photograph, various tools can be used to restore the image to remove cracks, discoloration, smudges, or other imperfections. The Restore Old Photo guided edit takes you through a step-by-step process, and presents you with all the tools you need to restore an image in one workflow.

  1. Use the Crop (C) tool and the rotate cropping frame to decide on the section of the photograph that you would like to restore.

  2. Use the Spot Healing tool to repair smaller spots, lines, and tears.

  3. Use the Healing Brush tool to heal a damaged part of an image with an undamaged section of the same photograph. Press Alt + Click a suitable part of the image, and then drag the portion to the damaged part of the image.

  4. Use the Clone Stamp tool to copy one part of an image to another. To repair portions, press Alt + click the source area, and then drag on the damaged area.

  5. Use the Blur tool to smooth the areas where there is undesirable granulation of the photo.

  6. Use the Dust Remover tool to heal smaller lines, dust impressions, and other imperfections.

  7. Use the available buttons to apply corrections related to levels, contrast, and color. You can also convert the photo into a black and white image in a single click.

  8. Use the Sharpen tool to enhance the clarity of the final output.

  9. 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 / SmugMug Gallery: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

Scratches and blemishes

Use the Touch Up Photo Guided Edit to fix (large or small) flaws in an image (using the Healing Brush or the Spot Healing Brush).

You can view the after image only, or view both the before and after images either vertically or horizontally.

For more on correcting color casts, see Fix large imperfections or Remove spots and small imperfections.

Tilt-Shift Guided Edit

Apply the tilt-shift effect to focus attention on certain aspect or object in your photo, while selectively taking focus away from other things in your photo. The tilt-shift effect also causes a pseudo-miniature effect to be formed on the photo.

Tilt-Shift Guided Edit
Picture before applying the tilt-shift effect (left), and after

  1. Open a photo, and in the Guided Edits panel click Photo Effects > Tilt-Shift.

  2. Click Add Tilt-Shift to apply the basic effect to the photo. The photo appears blurred out.

  3. Click Modify Focus Area and then click and drag across the image to specify the areas that you would like to appear in sharp focus.

  4. To experiment with more effects, click Refine Effect and modify:

    • Blur: Increase the intensity of blur applied to the photo.

    • Contrast: Increases or decreases the contrast levels of the photo.

    • Saturation: Increases or decreases the color saturation levels of the photo

  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 / SmugMug Gallery: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

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