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Applying Effects with the Smart Brush

Using the Photoshop Elements new Smart Brush, you can apply special effects with a paintbrush, putting them right where you want them and nowhere else. It’s a great tool for cleaning up snapshots with a minimum of fuss.


  • 1.jpg With an image open in the Editor’s Full Edit mode, click the Smart Brush tool.
  • 2.jpg Choose an effects category from the pop-up menu at the top of the Smart Paint palette.
  • 3.jpg Click an effect to apply.
  • 4.jpg Paint over the area to which you want to apply the effect.

  • 5.jpg To remove an area from the selection, click the Remove from Selection brush.
  • 6.jpg Paint over the area that shouldn’t have the effect.
  • 7.jpg To modify the settings, double-click the Pin in the image window or the layer’s thumbnail in the Layers palette.
  • 8.jpg Make your changes and click OK.


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