Guided mode and guided edits

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

On the Guided mode screen, guided edits are grouped in six categories. Open the photo you would like to enhance and click the thumbnail for a category to explore further.

Guided mode
Guided mode screen and various guided edit categories

Note:

The available guided edits may vary in your version of Photoshop Elements.

Guided edit categories

Basics

Brightness and Contrast

Use this guided edit to adjust brightness and contrast in an image. For more information, see Brightness and Contrast Guided Edit.

Correct Skin Tone

Use this guided edit to remove a color cast and correct skin tones. For more information, see Correct Skin Tone Guided Edit.

Crop Photo

Use this guided edit to crop an image to get the perfect composition. For more information, see Crop Photo Guided Edit.

Levels

Use this guided edit to adjust the brightness, contrast, and tonal range of your photo. For more information, see Levels Guided Edit

Lighten and Darken

Use this guided edit to adjust the shadows, highlights, and mid-tones of your photo. For more information, see Lighten and Darken Guided Edit.

Resize Your Photo

Use this guided edit to quickly create a version of your photograph to meet specific size requirements - pixels, inches, or bytes. For more information, see Resize Guided Edit.

Rotate and Straighten

Use this guided edit to rotate a picture in 90-degree increments and draw a line through an image to realign it. For more information, see Rotate and Straighten Guided Edit.

Sharpen

Use this guided edit to improve the clarity of an image. For more information, see Sharpen Guided Edit.

Vignette Effect

Use this guided edit to add a vignette effect and emphasize the importance of a person, group, or object at the center of the photograph. For more information, see Vignette Effect Guided Edit.

Color

Enhance Color

Use this guided edit to enhance the hue, saturation, and lightness in an image. For more information, see Enhance Colors Guided Edit.

Lomo Camera Effect

Give your photo a high-contrast, heavily saturated look using this guided edit. For more information, see Lomo Camera Effect Guided Edit.

Remove a Color Cast

Use this guided edit to correct color casts in your photos. For more information, see Remove a Color Cast Guided Edit.

Saturated Film Effect

Use this guided edit to add a classic saturated side-film feel to your photo. For more information, see Saturated Slide Film Effect Guided Edit.

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. For more information, see Black and White Guided Edit.

B&W Color Pop

Highlight one single color in an image and desaturate 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. For more information, see B&W Color Pop Guided Edit

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. For more information, see B&W Selection Guided Edit.

High Key

Add an ethereal, dreamy effect to your photos to give them an upbeat and positive feel. For more information, see High Key Guided Edit.

Line Drawing

Convert your photo into a pencil sketch using this guided edit. For more information, see Line Drawing Guided Edit.

Low Key

Emphasize shadows, highlight edges, and add a dramatic finish to your photographs by applying the low key effect. For more information, see Low Key Guided Edit.

Fun Edits

Effects Collage

This guided edit helps you apply effects to different sections of your photograph. For more information, see Effects Collage Guided Edit.

Old Fashioned Photo

Use this guided edit to give your photo an old-fashioned look. For more information, see Old Fashioned Photo Guided Edit.

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. For more information, see Out of Bounds 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. For more information, see Painterly Guided Edit.

Photo Text

Use any photo as a background to get fun text that is stenciled on to your photo. For more information, see Photo Text Guided Edit.

Picture Stack

You can add frames to your photo, giving it an outlook of a creative collage using this guided edit. For more information, see Picture Stack Guided Edit.

Pop Art

This guided edit helps you to transform an image into pop art in three simple steps. For more information, see Pop Art Guided Edit.

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. For more information, see Puzzle Effect Guided Edit.

Reflection

Choose a predefined reflection effect and apply it to an image in a few steps. For more information, see Reflection Guided Edit.

Speed Effect

Infuse an object with the illusion of motion and speed using this guided edit. For more information, see Speed Effect Guided Edit.

Speed Pan

Add a sense of motion to your photo’s subject by blurring the background. For more information, see Speed Pan Guided Edit.

Zoom Burst Effect

This guided edit helps you to create the illusion of motion, with attention drawn to the central object in your photograph. For more information, see Zoom Burst Effect Guided Edit.

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. For more information, see Depth of Field effect.

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. For more information, see Frame Creator.

Orton Effect

You can provide a dreamy effect to your photographs using this guided edit. For more information, see Orton Effect Guided Effect.

Perfect Portrait

Create a perfect portrait by removing blemishes and enhancing various parts of the image with easy-to-use tools. For more information, see Perfect Portrait Guided Edit.

Recompose

Easily resize your photo without losing the most important parts using this guided edit. For more information, see Recompose 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. For more information, see Restore Old Photo Guided Edit.

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). For more information, see Scratches and blemishes.

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 on the photo. For more information, see Tilt-Shift Guided Edit.

Photomerge

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. For more information, see Photomerge Compose.

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. For more information, see Photomerge Exposure.

Photomerge Faces

Combine multiple facial features to create one composite face using this guided edit. For more information, see Photomerge Faces.

Photomerge Group Shot

Create the perfect group photo from multiple photos. For more information, see Use Photomerge Group Shot.

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. For more information, see Use Photomerge Scene Cleaner.

  • 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 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. For more information, see Photomerge Panorama.

Use a guided edit

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Open a photo in Photoshop Elements.
    • Select photos in the Photo Bin.
  2. Click Guided in the Photoshop Elements window.

  3. Select any of the following categories from the Guided mode screen:

    • Basics
    • Color
    • Black & White
    • Fun Edits
    • Special Edits
    • Photomerge 
  4. Select a guided edit from the available options.

    Your photo opens with editing options.

  5. (Optional) You can zoom in or zoom out of the photo using the Zoom option.

  6. Make changes in the photo.

  7. (Optional) View the results using the View drop-down. You can choose any of the following options:

    • After Only
    • Before Only
    • Before and After - Horizontal
    • Before and After - Vertical

     

    • Before and After - Horizontal
  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/SmugMug Gallery: Choose to place your image online through one of the social or sharing services available in Photoshop Elements.

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