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Photoshop Elements >

Photo Filter Adjustment Layers >

2 - Example

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Be sure to check off as you go along.

Preparation

1) Preserve your original file.

If you haven't already done so, go to Preserve Your Original File.

2) Create a Background copy layer.

If you haven't already done so, go to Create a Background Copy Layer.

Photo Filter Adjustment Layer

3) Create a Photo Filter adjustment layer.

The Photo Filter window will open.

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4) Select Warming Filter (81).

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The default density is 25%.

Try this setting.

By default, Preserve Luminosity is selected.

The filter will not change the exposure of the photograph when Preserve Luminosity is selected.

Compare

Compare the unchanged photograph with the changed photograph.

Go to Compare.

Here's the original and a warmed-up version using Warming Filter (81).

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Original Warming Filter (81)

Here's the original and a cooled-down version using Cooling Filter (82).

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Original Cooling Filter (82)

Make Your Own Filter

You can choose the color for a Photo Filter adjustment layer.

Double click the colored square next to Color, in the Photo Filter window, to open the Color Picker.

Choose a color, and click OK.

If you haven't already done so, go to Color Picking.

Local Color Changes

You can change the color in a portion of the photograph by using a mask.

There are two ways you can create a mask.

Way #1 - Create a Mask with a Selection

Do the following.

1) Select the area that you want to change.

2) Create a Photo Filter adjustment layer.

3) Select a filter, and adjust the density.

Way #2 - Create a Mask with the Brush Tool

Do the following.

1) Create a Photo Filter adjustment layer.

2) Select a filter, and adjust the density.

3) Press Ctrl + i to fill the mask with black.

4) Select the Brush tool.

White paint will allow 100% of the color change to become visible.

Use shades of gray to reduce the amount of the color change.

5) Click, hold, and drag, where you want the color change.

If you haven't already, go to Masking.