Whether you want to create personalized greeting cards, a special photo to put on Facebook, YouTube, or even on a website you might have, it is easier than ever to create a picture that really pops. Adding a simple boarder, or applying a vintage feel can be done in just a few clicks using built-in image filters or preset effects.
Applying a predefined filter to an image can drastically improve dull photos or give it a more artistic feel. Thankfully most photo editing software comes bundled with filters and image effects so you can eliminate time spent on tinkering with contrast, hue, saturation and brightness levels.
Aside from using presets filters to change the color and vibrancy of a photo, you can also apply frames, borders or a matted finish quite easily.
Even adding a vignette to a photo can be done easily. This effect is very common and is also known as ‘light fall-off’ which simply means darkening the corners in relationship to the center of a photo or image. Seasoned photographers know well that this optical vignette can happen naturally when taking pictures and looks amazing. Creating this on a regular photo draws a person’s attention to the center of the photo and is a wonderful effect when you really want to showcase something such as a flower or a sunset.
Adobe Photo Elements has some amazing features but can be difficult for those new to photo editing. We recommend trying InPixio Photo Editor, an easy to use yet powerful enough photo editing software to start working on your images. It is available for Windows users with not only the basic photo editing features but also some advanced tools and amazing photo effects. Download and try it now.
Below you will find a list of Filter categories available in Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Correct Camera Distortion
Fixes common lens flaws such as barrel and pincushion distortion, and vignetting. The filter also rotates an image and fixes image perspective caused by vertical or horizontal camera tilt.
Change the brightness values, color, grayscale range, and tonal levels of pixels in an image. Convert color pixels into black and white.
Simulate a painterly appearance on traditional media and create a unique look.
Soften a selection or an image. Useful for retouching.
Brush Stroke filters
Give a painterly or fine-arts look using different brush and ink stroke effects.
Geometrically distort an image, creating three-dimensional and other reshaping effects.
Blend a selection into the surrounding pixels and remove problem areas, such as dust and scratches.
Sharply define an image or selection by clumping pixels of similar color values.
Create cloud patterns, lens flare, fibers, and lightning effects in an image.
Add texture for depth or to give a hand-drawn look.
Produce a painted or impressionistic effect by displacing pixels and heightening contrast.
Give the appearance of depth or substance, or add an organic look.
Let you create your own filter effects, modify masks, offset a selection within an image, and make quick color adjustments.
3 ways in Adobe Photoshop Elements to apply image filters:
- From the “Filters Menu” – All filters can be found here and can be applied individually.
- The “Filter Gallery” displays a visual example of the specific filter effect so that you can see in real-time what it does.
- The “Filter Panel” allows you to apply the filter effect in Expert mode to an individual photo and shows what each filter does.
The Image Filter Gallery
The image Filter Gallery Filter > Filter Gallery allows you to add multiple photo filters, or you can apply filters individually. You can change the order of image filters used and modify the unique settings for each filter you’ve applied to obtain the proper effect. Being able to apply several filters to your photos when you use the Gallery dialog box will allow more control over the way your images are affected by each filter. The Filter Gallery is really the most popular choice when using Adobe Photoshop Elements because is very intuitive for novice users.
Applying as Image filter in Adobe Photoshop Elements
Select the section of the photo you want to add the filter to:
To add the image filter the the full layer, ensure none of the image is selected, and then choose layer found in the Layers panel.
To assign a photo filter to a small part of the layer, utilize the selection tool to select the desired area.
First decide on how you want to apply the filter:
If you want to use the Filter gallery, choose Filter > Filter Gallery, then choose a category, and select the filter you want to add.
Use the Filters panel: choose Window > Filters, choose a category, and the double-click one the image filter you want.
Applying a photo filter using the Filter drop-down menu, select Filter, then pick a submenu choice followed by the image filter you want to use. Note: Some of the options will have a Filter Options dialog box associated to them.
Step 3: If the options box does appear then you can enter values or select specific options applicable to the filter.
Most of us have hundreds of pictures on our cell phone, iPad, or home computer and would love to share them with friends or family. With easy to use photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop elements it’s easy to download and save, categorize, and enhance them using these basic features. You should now be able to crop, scale, resize your photos and change the contrast, brightness and apply other filters and effects with just a few simple clicks. We urge you to try some of these simple edits and see how your photos can be transformed.
Lets learn more about Adobe Photoshop Elements
Below we have gone into detail on some of the more common tools used on images to really make them pop. Feel free to jump to any of the following topics so you can get started right away:
Importing/Exporting Images – Find out the difference between Raster and Vector images, different file formats and how to import/export images into Adobe Photoshop Elements 15.
Adjusting Contrast – This section explains what contrast is all about including Brightness, Sharpness, Saturation/Hue and how they effect your images.
Cropping Images – Learn how to crop photos while maintaining aspect ratios, how to switch from portrait to landscape mode, crop to specific pixel dimensions.
Scaling Photos – Learn about scaling images in Adobe Photoshop Elements and the differences between cropping, resizing and scaling your photos.
Image Filters and Effects – We show you steps to applying filters and image effects in Adobe Photoshop Elements to spice up your photos!