Picture perfect

If you've got a shedload of digital photos from your holiday but they're far from perfect for your photo album, fear not. Using software you can touch these up so they look professional and make you look good at the same time. While Adobe Photoshop is the photo-editing package for professionals, Photoshop Elements 6 is great for novices. It's easy-to-use and packs a fantastic punch – here we show you how to get to grips with the basics.

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By  Windows staff Published  September 15, 2008

4. Applying filters

It's fun to play around with many different filters and tweaking settings to get your favourite results. One of the most common changes is to turn your picture into black and white. Click on Enhance>Convert To Black and White, and a window will pop up, showing a before and after image.

In the bottom-left you can select one of the styles you wish to manipulate, including applying an Infrared effect, portrait or scenic landscape, depending on your photo.

Using the sliders in the bottom-right, you can adjust the intensity of the primary colours, as well as the contrast. Click 'OK' when you're happy with what you've got.

Better still, under the Full tab of the Edit section, you'll see a number of example thumbnails displaying what some of the effects filters do, categorised by effect, such as Blur, Brush Strokes, Distort, Texture and much more.

Choose the filter you wish to apply, then toggle with the settings until you're happy.

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