Photoshop Elements Guided Edits are fast, fun, and cool. Here are my seven favorite Guided Edits. It’s worth your time to check them out.
Give your photo a soft pastel look with this Guided Edit. You can choose color or black and white. The effect is pretty strong, but when you return to Expert mode, you can reduce the effect by lowering the opacity of the high key layer in the Layers panel.
This effect blurs out all but a strip of your photo, allowing you to define the focus you want. Click and drag the gradient as often as you need to find the look you want. Press the Shift key as you drag the gradient if you want the line to be straight. Again, you can make adjustments on the layer mask when you return to Expert mode.
There’s a Guided Edit called Old Fashioned Photo, but for an old, artistic look, I prefer the Lomo Camera Effect. Click the button, and you get an instant Lomo Camera look. You can choose whether or not to add a black vignette.
You can get a slightly different old fashioned look with Low Key. I really like what it did with this bright airplane photo! If you prefer black and white, you have that option, as well.
Saturated Slide Film
Need a bit more color? This effect will pump a little more color into your photo. The more you click the button, the stronger the effect. The photo below was washed out, so I applied this effect to make the warm tones of the wood and rust pop a bit more.
This effect is really fun! Put one photo inside four, eight, or twelve pictures—your choice. I don’t care for the white outline they use, so I change it when I get back to Expert mode. To do this, locate all the transparent and white layers in the Layers panel and click on the visibility icon to hide them. Select all the black layers and add your own Stroke outline layer style. However, to make this work, you must have a 3rd party Inner Stroke outline layer style, since Photoshop Elements only provides Outer Stroke outline layer styles. Plus members can download an Inner Stroke layer style in the membership area. If you’re not a Plus member, sign up—it’s free!
Out of Bounds
This effect is a always a favorite. There’s just something intriguing about seeing part of your photo appear to jump right outside the edge of the frame!
Watch my YouTube videos on how to achieve the out of bounds look and how to manipulate the layers on a scrapbook page:
The Guided Edits in Photoshop Elements are there to make it easy for you to create a fast effect, so take advantage of them now and then. They’ll add a bit of punch to your photos and spice up your scrapbook pages!