The Guided mode provides you with guided edits - a wizard-like interface to accomplish certain predefined effects. Each guided edit has an associated image that displays the applied effect when you hover the mouse pointer on it.

Guided edits are further sub-divided into six categories based on their functionality. Click a guided edit to read and explore it further.


The Guided Edits available may vary in your version of Photoshop Elements.


  • Brightness And Contrast: Use this guided edit to adjust brightness and contrast in an image.
  • Correct Skin Tone: Enhance your photos by removing a color cast and correcting skin tones.
  • Crop Photo: Use this guided edit to crop an image to get the perfect composition.
  • Levels: You can adjust the brightness, contrast, and tonal range of your photo using this guided edit.
  • Lighten And Darken: You can independently adjust the shadows, highlights, and mid-tones of your photo.
  • Resize Your Photo: Use this guided edit to quickly create a version of your photograph to meet specific size requirements - pixels, inches, or bytes.
  • Rotate And Straighten: You can rotate a picture in 90-degree increments and draw a line through an image to realign it.
  • Sharpen: Improve the clarity of an image using this guided edit.
  • Vignette Effect: Treat your photo with the vignette effect to emphasize the importance of a person, group, or object, at the center of the photograph.


Black And White

  • Black And White: Use this guided edit on your photographs to create black and white images from colored images. You can apply from a range of black and white presets to create a crisp, black and white photo, or add a diffuse glow effect to the photos to obtain a surreal, dreamy result.
  • B&W Color Pop: Highlight one single color in an image and de-saturate the other colors. You can choose to go with a default color (Red, Yellow, Blue, or Green), or use the options available to refine the effect. 
  • B&W Selection: You can desaturate the colors of portions of a photograph that you select. When you desaturate portions of a photograph, the other areas of the photograph automatically appear highlighted.
  • High Key: Add an ethereal, dreamy effect to your photos to give them an upbeat and positive feel.
  • Line Drawing: Convert your photo into a pencil sketch using this guided edit.
  • Low Key: Emphasize shadows, highlight edges, and add a dramatic finish to your photographs by applying the low key effect.

Fun Edits

  • Effects Collage: This guided edit helps you apply effects to different sections of your photograph. 
  • Old Fashioned Photo: Use this guided edit to give your photo an old-fashioned look.
  • Out Of Bounds: You can add a frame to an image and display a selected part of the image outside the frame using this guided edit.
  • Painterly: Use this guided edit to create an artistic output by painting your photo with a brush on different textured canvasses and applying different painting effects.
  • Photo Text: Use any photo as a background to get fun text that is stenciled on to your photo.
  • Picture Stack: You can add frames to your photo, giving it an outlook of a creative collage using this guided edit.
  • Pop Art: This guided edit helps you to transform an image into pop art in three simple steps.
  • Puzzle Effect: Use this guided edit to create the visual effect of a photograph being created by putting together pieces of a puzzle. You can extract a few pieces of the puzzle from their slots, and move them around to simulate the feel of an unfinished puzzle.
  • Reflection: Choose a predefined reflection effect and apply it to an image in a few steps.
  • Speed Effect: Infuse an object with the illusion of motion and speed using this guided edit.
  • Speed Pan: Add a sense of motion to your photo’s subject by blurring the background.
  • Zoom Burst Effect: This guided edit helps you to create the illusion of motion, with attention drawn to the central object in your photograph.

Special Edits

  • Depth Of Field: This guided edit allows you to focus on selected areas of the image by blurring out the rest of the image.
  • Frame Creator: You can create a photo frame using any photo that you have in your library. Use this guided edit to quickly create a custom frame to outline your photos. 
  • Orton Effect: You can provide a dreamy effect to your photographs using this guided edit.
  • Perfect Portrait: Create a perfect portrait by removing blemishes and enhancing various parts of the image with easy-to-use tools.
  • Recompose: Easily resize your photo without losing the most important parts using this guided edit.
  • Restore Old Photo: 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.
  • Scratches and Blemishes: Use this guided edit to fix (large or small) flaws in an image (using the Healing Brush or the Spot Healing Brush).
  • Tilt-Shift: 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.


  • Photomerge Compose: This guided edit enables you to replace portions of an image. For example, can select a person from one photo and add the selection to another photograph. You need two images - a source and a destination. You can select an area, crop it from the source image, and then paste it into the destination image, and then adjust it for proportionality and color for the most natural outcome.
  • Photomerge Exposure: Use Photomerge Exposure to efficiently handle scenes in photos with exposure challenges. You can blend two photos together to get a perfectly exposed photo.
  • Photomerge Faces: Combine multiple facial features to create one composite face using this guided edit.
  • Photomerge Group Shot: Create the perfect group photo from multiple photos.
  • Photomerge Scene Cleaner: Create the perfect scenic photo from multiple photos. For example, you can eliminate unwanted elements like tourists that inadvertently wandered into the scenery.
  • Photomerge Panorama: Use this guided edit to stitch multiple pictures together. The pictures must have common, overlapping regions from the scene photographed for the stitching process to work best.

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