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Edit images with Fill layers

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
January 27, 2015

Add texture with Fill layers in Elements

1. The start photo

Open your photo. We’ve gone for a beach image that’s slightly dark, but as we’ll be applying textures to it, it’s best to brighten it up first.

2. Brightness and contrast

Go to Enhance>Adjust Lighting>Brightness/Contrast. Using the sliders, brighten the image until you’re happy. We’ve used the settings of Brightness 40 and Contrast 75.

3. Import the texture

Download a wall texture and go to File>Place and selecting. Then Ctrl/right-click on the layer and select Simplify Layer. Set the Opacity to 30%, or to a setting you prefer.

4. Select the sky

Select the Background layer, then choose the Magic Wand tool (W). Here we have used the settings of Tolerance: 32, with Contagious and Anti-alias selected. Now click on the sky to select it.

5. Clear the sky

Select the texture layer with the selection still highlighted. Hit Delete; the will clear the texture from the sky, as it was overpowered before. Clearing the texture takes away from the heaviness of the image.

6. Solid Fill layer

If you want to add something more you can use a Fill layer. Go to Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Colour. Select the colour of your choosing and click OK. Here we used #a17c1a.