Chapter 3: Adding Pizzazz with Styles and Effects

In This Chapter

check.png Working with the Effects panel

check.png Taking photo effects for a spin

check.png Stylizing layers

check.png Tweaking layer styles

After you have all the basic elements lined up in your layered composite image, you may want to give it a little pizzazz. Elements provides a lot of different effects you can apply to enhance your images. Maybe a headline would pop out a little more if you beveled the edge, or maybe that silhouetted image would take on a little more dimension if you placed a drop shadow behind it. In this chapter, you find out how to do all these things.

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Seeing What the Effects Panel Can Do

Elements has organized all its various effects in one neat panel. In the Photo Editor in Expert mode, choose Window⇒Effects. On the right side of the Elements workspace, you see the Effects panel, shown in Figure 3-1. Buttons for the various categories of effects — Filters, Styles, and Effects — are at the top of the panel. Subcategories (or

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