Use Photo Filters to Warm or Cool Images in PSE

This is a great tutorial for those just getting started with Photoshop Elements and for those who haveĀ  been using it a while and may have forgotten the quick/simple fixes. Today I am sharing about photo filter adjustment layer. It is a very useful adjustment that often gets overlooked, yet can be highly effective.

Step 1: Open image in Full Edit mode. Click on the half white/half black circle at the bottom (in PSE 8 and 9) or top (PSE 7 and earlier) of the Layers palette. Adjustment layers will drop down or up; choose Photo Filter.


Step 2: When the Photo filter dialogue box pops up, click on the Filter drop down menu and choose the filter that would best suit your image.


Step 4: There are three warming filters and three cooling filters plus a number of color filters. You can change the strength of the filter, stronger or weaker. I chose the first warming filter and kept the density at 25%.


Step 5: Lower the layer opacity to suit your image. You can also use the layer mask to brush some of the effect off parts of your image with a soft, black brush.


Here is a before and after. This image didn’t need much warming and the filter was a very quick fix.


I am editing to add that Michelle from Love That Shot does some pretty neat things with photo filters! If you are a member, check out the tutorials. If you are not a member, think about trying it out. Great information, discounted and free products, wonderful forum board.

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  2. Great tip. Thanks

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