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IV. Artistic Elements > 12. Filters, Effects, Layer Styles, and Gradients

Chapter 12. Filters, Effects, Layer Styles, and Gradients

There’s a popular saying among artistic types who use software in their studios: tools don’t equal talent. And it’s true: no mere program is going to turn a klutz into a Klimt. But Elements has a few special tools—filters, effects, and Layer styles—that can sure help you fool a lot of people into thinking you’re a better artist than you actually are. It’s amazing what a difference you can make to the appearance of any image with only a couple of clicks.

Filters are an automated way to change the appearance of your image. You can use filters for enhancing and correcting your image, but Elements also gives you a bunch of other filters that are great for unleashing all your artistic impulses, as shown in Figure 12-1.


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