For decades, photographers have used lens
filters to improve and alter the look of their
photographs. Filters are frequently used to
change the intensity of color values and to
lighten certain tones and darken others. In
addition to using filters, photographers also
rely on darkroom and printing techniques to
create wonderfully creative effects.
But thanks to the advancements of digital
technology, users don’t have to fiddle with
chemicals or additional camera equipment
to enhance their photographs. The filters and
effects included in Photoshop Elements go
way beyond whats been possible in tradi-
tional photography. Many of these filters
(such as the Sharpen filters) allow you to
make subtle corrections and improvements
to your photos, while other filters, such as
Artistic, Stylize, and Sketch, can transform
an image into a completely new piece of art-
work. Photoshop Elements also provides
effects you can add to your photos, including
striking image effects (lizard skin, anyone?)
as well as type effects and unique textures.
In this chapter, we explore the many ways
you can use filters and effects to take your
work to a whole new level, and the filter and
effects galleries will help you visualize some
of the creative ways you can apply these
techniques to your own photos.
Filters and
Filters and Effects

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