In Photoshop Elements 9 Layer Masks were introduced. Now you can easily add a Layer Mask to any Layer with a click of the mouse.
For earlier versions of Elements there is a work-around to allow you to use a Layer Mask. It's a little less convenient than one click of the mouse but it works just as well.
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If you apply an effect to an image, you might decide you don't want it overall. If your effect was done on a duplicate layer you could erase the part you don't want affected, and let the original show through. But once you erase it, there's no going back. That's the advantage a Layer Mask gives you. You can bring back all or just part of the effect and it's easily adjusted.
This tutorial shows a trick for using Layer Masks with versions of Elements before version 9 when Layer Masks were first introduced.
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Do you know a kid who wants to be a race car driver or dancer or firefighter. You can make their dream more real for them using this simple technique. Of course it's not just for kids. Adults can have that buff body they've always wanted. Lots of fun! Video shows clear instructions.
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There are a few different ways to sharpen a digital image in Photoshop Elements. Until a few years back, Unsharp Mask was the preferred method of sharpening. Now the High Pass filter is probably used just as often.
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Use Photoshop Elements to fill any text with a gradient. This technique is very quick and easy to do. It also allows for lots of creative options from you. Also includes a video of the technique.
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Create a trail of your subject that fades into the background. This Ghost Trail might appear creepy with certain photos. Maybe that's the look your after. But I used a dog that appears to be approaching to greet you so the feeling is happier.
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Sometimes it's easier to visualize what your crop will look like if you don't see the rest of the image. Learn how to make the cropped out area completely black so you only see the part you want to keep.
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