Effects

Using the Effects panel

The Effects panel provides a single location from which you can apply photo effects. By default, the Effects panel is located on the taskbar in Quick and Expert mode. It displays thumbnail examples of the artwork or effects that you can add or apply to an image. Most sections offer a menu of category options and corresponding subcategories. There are two categories of effects you can choose from: Artistic and Classic.

Using the Graphics panel

The Graphics panel provides a single location from which you can apply artwork, theme decorations, and text styles to your images. To show the Graphics panel, choose Window > Graphics.

In the Graphics panel, the following sections provide various items that can enhance your images. For example, you can select from varieties of frames, backgrounds, graphics, shapes, and text. Under each tab, a drop-down helps in choosing the right frames, backgrounds, graphics, shapes, or text to reproduce.

Each section displays thumbnail examples of the artwork or effects that you can add or apply to an image. Most sections offer a menu of category options and corresponding subcategories.

Add stylized shapes or graphics to an image

When you add a shape or graphic to an image, the shape or graphic is a new layer and does not affect the original image.

  1. In the Graphics panel, choose from the category menu (for example, By Event or By Activity), and choose a subcategory (for example, Baby or Cooking).

  2. In the toolbox, choose a color for the shape.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Double-click a thumbnail.

    • Drag the thumbnail to the image.

  4. Use the Move tool  to relocate or resize the shape or graphic.

Add an artistic background to an image

When you add an artistic background to an image, you replace the existing background layer. For example, you could use the selection tools to create a layer separating your family members from a kitchen background, and then replace the kitchen with a nature background.

  1. If your image has only a background layer, select it, and choose Layer > Duplicate Layer. Name the layer and click OK.
  2. Select the Background layer in the Layers panel.
  3. In the Graphics panel, select Backgrounds from the drop-down.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • Double-click a thumbnail.

    • Drag the thumbnail to the image.

Add a frame or theme to an image

When you add a frame or theme to a photo project, frames appear with a blank (gray) area for the image. Click and drag an image from the Photo Bin to the blank area.

  1. In the Graphics panel, choose Frames from the drop-down menu.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Select a thumbnail and click Apply.

    • Double-click a thumbnail.

    • Drag the thumbnail to the blank background.

  3. Drag the desired image from the Photo Bin to the frame.
  4. Use the slider to resize the image in the frame or theme border, then click the Commit icon  to apply the change, or click the Cancel icon  .
  5. Use the Move tool to center the image, then click the Commit icon  to apply the change, or click the Cancel icon  .

About photo effects

Photo effects let you quickly create different looks for your images. In the Effects panel, choose one of the subcategories, such as Faded Photo, Panels, Monotone Color, Textures, or Vintage Photo.

Frame

Apply a variety of effects to the edges of a selected layer, or to a portion of a layer. A frame also creates a drop zone where you can add or change the contents easily.

Image Effects

Apply effects to a copy of a selected layer. Adding the Blizzard effect to an image makes it look like snow is falling. The Neon Glow effect turns the image into a dramatic neon picture. You can use Image effects, such as Oil Pastel or Soft Focus, to soften colors or blur an image. You can also combine Image effects, but you may be prompted to flatten layers first.

Textures

Apply texture layers to an image. You can add texture to a new, blank image as a background, or add a texture to an existing image. By arranging layers, and working with opacity and other layer tools, you can create interesting and attractive images.

Note:

Many photo effects apply filters with modified values.

Apply an effect

Note:

If you want to experiment with an effect, modify a duplicate layer and preserve the original image.

Effects panel
Effects panel in Photoshop Elements

Artistic effects

In one click, transform your photos with effects inspired by famous works of art or popular art styles. Choose from amazing artistic effects that you can apply to all or part of your photo, and easily adjust the results for exactly the look you want. You can use artistic effects in Quick and Expert modes.

If you wish to apply an artistic effect to your photo, do the following:

  1. Click Open to add a photo of your choice in either Quick mode or Expert mode.

  2. Click Effects and select Artistic in the right panel to choose from 30 artistic effects.

  3. Click on any artistic effect of your choice to apply it to your photo.

  4. Do the following:

    • Define Intensity.
    • Retain the original colors of the photo by selecting Keep original photo colors.
    • You can choose to remove the artistic effect from the subject and/or background of the photo.
    • To recompose the photo or parts of the photo, click Expert. You can use the Brush in Tool Options to mask parts of the photo you want to recompose. You can also define Size and Threshold.
  5. Click File > Save As to save the photo or click Share to share it on social platforms.

Classic Effects

Enhance your photos in Photoshop Elements using Classic effects. Pick your favorite effect from 11 Classic effects in the Quick and Expert modes.

If you wish to apply a classic effect to your photo, do the following:

  1. Open a photo in Photoshop Elements.

  2. In Quick mode, click Effects > Classic to choose from 11 classic effects.

    In Expert mode, click Effects > Classic to choose from more than 30 classic effects.

  3. Click a classic effect of your choice to apply it to your photo.

  4. To recompose the photo or parts of the photo, click Expert. You can use the Brush in Tool Options to mask parts of the photo that you want to recompose. You can also define Size and Opacity.

  5. Click File > Save As to save the photo or click Share to share it on social platforms.

Note:

If you wish to reset the effects present, click on the Reset icon on the upper right corner of the panel.

Add stylized text to an image

When you add text to an image, a text layer is added, so you can modify the text without affecting the original image.

  1. In the Graphics panel, select Text from the drop-down, and then do one of the following:
    • Select a thumbnail, and click Apply.

    • Double-click a thumbnail.

    • Drag a thumbnail to the image.

  2. A text frame appears over the image and the Text tool becomes active. Type in the new text.
  3. When you have finished changing the text, either click the Commit icon  to apply the change, or click the Cancel icon .

  4. Use the Move tool to relocate or resize the text frame.
  5. (Optional) Add color to the text using the pop‑up Color panel in the options bar.
  6. When you finish adjusting the text, either click the Commit icon  to apply the change, or click the Cancel icon  .
  7. (Optional) To experiment with different text effects, drag a different thumbnail over the text frame.

Add graphics or effects to Favorites

When you see a graphic or effect that you would like to quickly access in the future, add it to the Favorites section of the Effects panel.

  1. In the Effects or Graphics panel, right-click the thumbnail and choose Add To Favorites.

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