Chapter 1

Making Corrections and Having Fun with Filters

In This Chapter

arrow Figuring out how filters work

arrow Applying filters repeatedly or selectively

arrow Fading a filter’s effects

arrow Working in the Filter Gallery

arrow Getting creative with filters

Filters have a long and glorious history, ranging from performing essential tasks (such as removing abrasive particles from the oil in your car’s engine) to even more important tasks involving the pixels in your images in Elements. In both cases, filters (also called plug-ins because they can be installed and removed independently) manipulate pixels in useful and simply frivolous and fun ways. They can correct less-than-perfect images by making them appear sharper or by covering flaws. Or they can enhance your images by making them appear as though they’re painted, tiled, photocopied, or lit by spotlights. The result of this effort can be something to be admired.

This chapter introduces you to the basics of the Photoshop Elements filter facilities and ...

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