A New Beginning

photography by Mary Lou Jacobs

Completely Inside Elements

This is my newest attempt at post processing completely inside of PSE9. I never paid much attention to the Filters using them mostly to add a blur or add high pass sharpening and not using them to their full potential. The hardest part of doing this was choosing the right image. Follow along and let me know what you think!!


After using Filters


1. Duplicate image and do your normal edits.

2. Filter > Artistic > Underpainting > Brush 6   Texture Coverage 27   Texture is Sandstone    Scaling 83%    Relief 5    Light is Top

3. Add a white mask > set black as the foreground color > select a soft edge brush > brush set at Normal > Opacity 31% I brought back some of the original photograph by using the brush on the legs only

4. Create a composite layer ~  CMD + option + shift + E on a Mac or CTL + ALT + shift + E on a PC and duplicate the layer.

5. Filter > Artistic > Palette Knife > Stroke Size 37 > Stroke Detail 3 > Softness 7

6. Repeat Step 3.

7. Effects Panel > Layer Styles > Inner Glows > Simple

8. Click the ‘fx’ on the layer > Choose your settings. I used White > Size 55 px > Opacity 88%

Please let me know if you have any questions.


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9 thoughts on “Completely Inside Elements

  1. Nice effect. Kind of postery……I always find it hard to figure out which combo of filters willl yield the best results! Guess that’s why we have to play so much!

  2. The subject is POIFEKT!

  3. Nice work Mary Lou

  4. Very nice results.
    Thanks for the tutorial.

  5. That is so cool. You are completely amazing.

  6. The result is very pleasing! It’s nice to go back and play exclusively in pse, with all the other plug-in filters we can forget about the ease of editing and recreating our photos.

  7. I like this effect a lot, from a photo to a painting and with onmy having PSE10 I could do this…

  8. A nice and clean painterly effect….it is fun going back and doing it the old fashioned way…I have become to dependant on Topaz!

  9. I did it, my end result isn’t much but it was fun, a great exercise for me and I will definitely do it again, thanks!

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