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Photo Lab offers 39 ways to enhance your images, from crisp B&W to soft dreamy effects to desaturated and sepia toning. Check it out!
56 effects (yes, 56!) are in this self-installing effects pack. With the Glam Photo FX Pack, you can create a huge variety of glamourous looks for your photos (and they work well on landscapes, too!)
16 ways to slice, dice & chop your photos, from simple splits to more complex chops and slices to torn in half or split three ways. Splitter helps you create interesting display options for you photos!
Since you can't do much editing on a background layer, make a fast copy of the layer by pressing
...but keyboard shortcuts are just cooler! In less than a second, you've got a new, workable layer
Make the Background copy layer active by clicking it in the Layers palette.
This makes a selection of the highlights of your image, which is the only part we're interested in selecting for this effect:
[PS Elements users: this shortcut doesn't work in Elements - but it DOES work as part of an action. It's available as part of the self-installing Handy Actions pack - your Swiss Army Knife for Photoshop Elements.]
Add a Gaussian Blur to the Highlights layer (Filters>Blur>Gaussian Blur) and adjust the settings to blur the image but not really blow it away.
Now change the blend mode of the Highlights layer to Screen.
You can already start to see the softness coming out in the image to the right - but wait! We're not through yet!
With the Highlights layer still selected, press [Ctrl]+[J] three or four or five more times to make several duplicates of that layer -
Make more than you think you'll need, because you can turn some on or off or reduce the opacity of some if the result is too strong:
Now go back to your Background copy layer and press [Ctrl]+[U] to open the Hue/Saturation dialog.
It creates a darker, moodier dream look to the image -
This time, drag the Saturation slider to the right until you get the amount of color boost that you want - my example uses about a +51 setting on the Saturation slider.
You could also experiment with making adjustments to the Hue slider for more of a colorized effect. Experiment!