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How can I create an apple with filters in Elements?

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Q&A, by Mark White
November 26, 2015

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To begin with, create a perfect square document with the same Height and Width values. Fill with black and apply the Lens Flare filter (Filter>Render>Lens Flare), choosing Lens Type 50-30mm and Brightness 100%. Next, head to Filter>Distort and choose Polar Coordinates. Check Polar to Rectangular and click OK. Go to Image>Rotate>Flip Layer Vertical. Now, apply the Polar Coordinates filter again and go to Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates, but this time choose Rectangular to Polar and click OK.

Grab the Elliptical Marquee tool and select the globe. Duplicate the apple using Cmd/Ctrl+J, and then hide the layer underneath. Now, go to Filter>Distort>Liquify and, using a large brush, create the apple shape. Use the Hue/Saturation to change the colour. Duplicate the apple and use the Free Transform tool to re-shape and position for the reflection. Use the same technique for the leaves and stalk. As a finishing touch, go to Effects>Styles>Glass Buttons and apply the Translucent Glass option.