The Quick mode groups basic photo-fixing tools in one place, to quickly fix the exposure, color, sharpness, and other aspects of an image. From Photoshop Elements 12, in addition to correcting your photos, you can also transform your photos into professional-looking objects of art using Effects, Textures, and Frames panels, available next to the Adjustments panel.

Quick Mode group icons

Each panel has ten thumbnails. Each thumbnail is a live preview. Clicking a thumbnail applies the effect, texture, or frame, to your image. Names for these effects, textures, and frames is displayed when you hover the mouse pointer on the thumbnail.

Effects

Effects

Eleven available effects each have five variations. Transform your photo by applying an effect. The clickable thumbnails for available Effects are live previews, to understand how the effect looks on the image before applying it. Effects range from Black & White effect to Vintage looks to Cross-process presets. 

Auto Smart Looks

Analyzes the image available, and, based on the content of the image, provides options with different effects applied. Available variations:

  • Auto1
  • Auto2
  • Auto3
  • Auto4
  • Auto5

Note:

Effects are applied as a new layer with layer mask. You can edit the layer mask in Expert mode to remove/reduce effect from certain areas.

The following list provides a brief description of each of the available effects:

Auto Smart Looks

Analyzes the image available, and, based on the content of the image, provides options with different effects applied. Available variations:

  • Auto1
  • Auto2
  • Auto3
  • Auto4
  • Auto5

Tint

Provides a color tint (such as golden, sepia, green) to the image.  Available variations:

  • Copper
  • Golden
  • Sepia
  • Green
  • Blues

Seasons

Applies a season effect to the image. Available variations:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
  • Snow

Pencil Sketch

Applies an effect to make the image appear like a pencil sketch. Available variations:

  • Soft Lines
  • Pencil Sketch
  • Charcoal
  • Stippling
  • Colored Pencil

Toy Camera

Applies an effect that makes the image appear as it is a photograph taken by a toy camera. Available variations:

  • Toy Camera
  • Lomo Blue
  • Lomo Contrast
  • Lomo Green
  • Holga

Black & White

Applies a Black & White effect to the image. Available variations:

  • Simple B & W
  • Silver
  • Old School
  • Platinum
  • Tinted Black

Lithograph

Applies a lithograph effect to the image. Available variations:

  • Sepia
  • Black
  • Copper
  • Blue
  • Green

Cross Process

Applies the effect of processing of photographic film in a chemical solution intended for a different type of film. Available variations:

  • Deep Blue
  • Orange Wash
  • Blue Wash
  • Green Wash
  • Purple Wash

Split Tone

Applies the effect of tinting the highlights in a black and white image one color and the shadows another color. Available variations:

  • Split Tone
  • Blue Tone
  • Red Tone
  • Green Tone
  • Grey Tone

Vintage

Applies a vintage effect to the image. Available variations:

  • Vintage Leak
  • Faded Vintage
  • Vintage Color
  • Sepia Glow
  • Heavy Vintage

Light Leaks

Applies the effect of light on the negative of a picture that has leaked into the light-tight chamber of a camera. Available variations:

  • Diffused Colors
  • Burnt Edges
  • Soft Leak
  • White Leak
  • Yellow Streak

Textures

Texture

Use the Textures panel to choose from ten textures you can apply to your photo. Textures simulate various surfaces or backgrounds that the photo could be printed on. For example, old paper look, cracked paint texture, rough blue grid, chrome feel. 

Note:

Textures are applied as a new layer with layer mask. You can edit the layer mask in Expert mode to remove/reduce texture from certain areas (face/skin).

Frames

Frames

Use the Frames panel to choose and apply from ten available frames for your photo. The frame is automatically fitted in best possible way. You can also move or transform the image and frame. This can be done by using the move tool and double-clicking the frame. You can change the background color from white to any other choice in Expert mode by modifying the Color Fill layer

Apply an Effect, Texture, or Frame

  1. Open a photograph in Photoshop Elements Editor, and switch to the Quick mode.

  2. Three panels - Effects, Textures, and Frames - are available, in addition to the Adjustments panel. Click the icon for any of the panels.

  3. The Panel bar displays live preview thumbnails of the open image. Click a thumbnail to apply the Effect, Texture, or Frame.

  4. (Optional) Switch to the Expert mode, and modify the effect, texture, or frame that you used on the image. The modification applied in the Quick mode is available in a separate layer.

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