Tutorial + Giveaway: Photoshop Elements 12


Photoshop Elements 12 launched last month and I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with its new features.  As part of my collaboration with Adobe, we were given an exclusive sneak peek + tutorial of its new features, and guys… there is some really fun stuff!  My favorite feature is probably the Effects in Quick Mode.  With regular Photoshop, I’ve always enjoyed adding actions to my photos… but now with this new feature in Elements, you can add Instagram-esque (better than Instagram) filters to your photos in no time at all.

I played around with the filters above.  The top left is the original photo.  Top right is using the “Toy Camera” filter… In the bottom left corner, I used the “Vintage” filter, and in the bottom right, I used the “Scary Movie” filter.

And it’s really easy to do… just takes two steps!  But before I show you, make sure you enter my giveaway below… you could win one of THREE copies of Photoshop Elements 12 – just use the widget at the bottom of the post.

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First, just open up your photo in Photoshop Elements 12.  Make sure that you are in “Quick” Mode.

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Then, just click the “Effects” Button in the bottom right of your screen.  From there you will be able to add whatever filter your heart desires.  You can also experiment with adding textures over the effects for something really different + one of a kind.  Save your photo and you are all done!

And now the fun part… the giveaway!  Three of you will win… good luck!

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Original photo by Lydia Hudgens.

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  1. Such a great give away… I hope I win!!!


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  2. Great giveaway! I hope I win 🙂

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  3. I would DIE my blog is in serious need of this!

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  4. Definitely love these tips.

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  5. I have Elements 11 and really enjoy it. The perfect editing software for a beginner/hobby photographer. Twelve looks to be great!

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  6. This is such great timing. I’m using the Photoshop Elements 12 30 day trial right now!

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  7. I just upgraded to 12 last week and am loving it! I am not sure how I was surviving with my old version. Can’t wait to go play around with it more!

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  8. Elements 12 looks great. Just getting a handle on 11. Great giveaway!


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  9. sharon vos-arnold:

    Would really love to win this, my photo-mojo went out for a walk and I can’t find it!

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  10. This is an AWESOME giveaway! xx

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  11. Wilma:

    Would love to win this! Thank you so much for such an awesome giveaway!

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  12. This is possibly the best and most important giveaway I have entered. This would do wonders for my blog! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

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  13. jet:

    awesome giveaway, i’m working still with photoshop 7.01 but higher is always much better.
    i make not only edititng with this program of my picts but as well for my comic stories and cartoons. Mostly blackhomour about daily wheelie live and other disabled problems i and others have here in the Netherlands.
    So i don’t have too many money to buy new programs but… i like to try this one i looks awesome , but it’s enorous generous of you to give this away.
    thank you for that and i wish all the rest much success as well;-D

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  14. Now this is a serious necessity! What a great giveaway, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.

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