Today Laura is sharing a Special Photo Effects in Photoshop Elements tutorial.
Special Photo Effects in Photoshop Elements
Add a little, or a lot of grunge, with this easy photo effect in Photoshop Elements.
It’s a great way to salvage:
- Old photos, such as this scan of a color slide snapped in the 1960s.
- Technically imperfect photo images.
1. Select Photo
Choose and prepare your photo.
- Go to File> Open, navigate to your image and double-click to open into your workspace.
- Go t0 File> Duplicate (Elements) to create a copy of the image.
- Close the original image and work with the photo duplicate.
2. Apply Photo Effect
Select different effects from the Effects Panel.
- Click on the FX icon at the bottom right of the screen to access the Effects Panel.
- Activate the menu options by clicking on the downward facing arrow at the top of the panel.
- Choose ‘Show All‘ and hover your cursor over the thumbnails for more information about each effect.
- Double-click on the preview thumbnail to apply the effect to your photo.
- You can add more than one effect.
- Each effect creates a new photo layer in the Layers Panel.
- View these layer(s) by clicking the Layers icon bottom right of your screen.
- You can toggle between the 2 panels.
- The Effects you have available to you may VARY according to the version of Photoshop Elements you are using.
- Laura applied the Florescent Chalk effect in Photoshop Elements 14.
3. Make Adjustments
Improve the appearance of the chosen effect with your photo.
- Change the Saturation via Enhance> Change Color> Hue/Saturation.
- Go to Enhance> Adjust Lighting> Brightness/Contrast or Levels to change the Contrast.
- Duplicate layers and modify the Blending Modes and Opacity.
- Apply a Layer Mask to ‘effects’ layer bring back underlying details in the ‘original’ layer using BrushSets.
- Go to Layer> Flatten Image to merge the layers into one.
Notice. Laura brought back the detail of the facial features.
4. Create a Layout
Blend your ‘special effect’ photo with aA DigitalART supplies.
- Blend the photo using a Layer Mask and Brushes or clip the image to a FotoBlendz mask.
- Duplicate the layers and apply Blending Modes modifying the Opacity of each layer as preferred to fine-tune light and dark areas.
- Add Transfers and Overlays, Embllishments and WordART to complete your layout.
- Laura used Solid Paper #3 from Artplay Palette Document plus three duplicate copies of her photo.
See designer process notes and complete list of aA DigitalART supplies.
Add a special effects to your photo from the Effects Panel in Photoshop Elements.
- Work on a copy of your photo so you do not change the original
- Experiment with applying one or more Effects to your photo.
- Modify the effect(s) using some of the Useful Techniques in Photoshop and Elements.
WE INVITE YOU TO:
- Read this Artsy Processing with Smartphone Apps on the aA Blog.
- Watch this Layers of Blending Modes video on the aA Youtube Channel.
- Learn how to create this Collage and ‘Window’ Effect.