Recently, Adobe gave me a copy of the new PS Elements 11 to try out. There are several new features that I absolutely love, including a new intuitive organizer option, new guided edits, and new filter effects. One of my very favorite new features is the option to create High Key and Low Key effects in Guided Edit. The High Key effect gives photos a bright, low contrast appearance, while the Low Key effect creates a darker, high contrast look. I'm a big fan of playing around with photos to create artistic and dramatic aesthetics, and this new feature makes it quick and easy to do so.
All you have to do to achieve this effect is open up your image in Photoshop Elements 11, click on the Guided tab (1) at the top, then chose either High Key (2) or Low Key (3) from the menu on the right side under Photo Effects. (Click on screenshots for larger views.)
For High Key, you can choose from Color or B&W (4). You also have the option to add a Diffuse Glow to enhance the effect (5).
For Low Key, you can also choose from Color or B&W (6). You then have the options to fade out unwanted elements with the Background Brush (7), and to reduce harsh textures by using Reduce Effect (8).
For my photo, I chose High Key in color without diffuse glow. Then I made another version using Low Key in B&W with some effect reduction. It's really fun to discover the endless variety of results that you can achieve by playing around with these and the other effects in Photoshop Elements 11.
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