Free, Awesome, POP Photoshop Elements Filters

August 8, 2008 at 11:17 am 2 comments

I use a relatively inexpensive Canon Cybershot, 5.1 megapixels set on “standard” with no flash most of the time.  It’s hard to get used to staying still enough, but once you get used to it, almost every photo captures better light than if you use a flash.

So, I’m addicted to this process.  I’m saving some of my photos that weren’t so good due to lighting, and I love that.

First, I got rid of that weird pole in the background.

Then, I usually add contrast, increase brightness.

This time, I useda “Brown Coffee Shop” brown filter that let me do these things in the process from the list of free filters I posted yesterday (here it is:Flickr: Discussing Actions to download…Free! in Adobe Photoshop.)

I then deleted the face and flowers from that effect, sharpened the flowers, and blurred the lower trees in the background.

Then, I worked on brighting the eyes.

I like both of these, and will next work on graininess I see in the arms on enlargements, and some smoothing.

It’s fun to see an “okay” precious photo go to a photo that makes me look again:

Nope, her eyes aren’t that blue.  In fact, they are more hazel, but they were disappearing in the light on this photo and I wanted a “pop”, so I went for it.  Eyes require a steady hand with the lasso tool and some experimentation with the “unsharpen” feature, which actually seems to “sharpen”…I don’t make the names, I just use the tools!

I also used “color adjustment” and moved the sliders for color, shadow, and all the other sliders until it looked cool--yeah, it’s highly technical. That’s what they pay me for…or not.


I’m totally addicted to taking photos…here’s some reasons why, other than the obvious enjoyment factor:

  1. It’s a cheap way for me to enter into “moments” and try to remember the precious ones.
  2. Photos keep me thankful.  I look back at these moments and remember those moods I loved in my kids: cooperative, playful, excited.  I love the moments, not just the photos.
  3. I have a very bad memory.  Taking photos helps me track years, months, and “where it all went”.  I snap hundreds of photos a week.  And I delete vicariously. 🙂
  4. They save me money at professional photography studios.  {You can say that again!}

My Camera:  I use a relatively inexpensive Canon Cybershot, 5.1 megapixels set on “standard” with no flash most of the time.  It’s hard to get used to staying still enough, but once you get used to it, almost every photo captures better light than if you use a flash.  I LOVE that it fits right into my purse pocket, on the outside, so I can grap it quickly to capture moments.  It’s the spontaneous fun that is the best to catch, whether we are on a walk, an outting, or a spontaneous date at a restaurant.  I love those sparkly smiles that happen when life happens.  I just bet God has that kind of photoalbum of us, too.


Entry filed under: Art, Photography, Photoshop Elements.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. emily  |  August 9, 2008 at 11:58 am

    i love this picture, it looks like she is in a fairytale!

  • 2. J. D. Kalvin  |  November 16, 2009 at 11:57 am


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