Filters let you change the appearance of your image in all sorts of ways. Elements comes with some filters that are mostly for correcting and improving your photos, while others create artistic effects. The filters are grouped into categories to make it easier to find one that does exactly what you want. You can also apply filters from the Effects palette. Learn more about using filters in Chapter 13. Every image responds to filters differently, so the descriptions here are a very rough guide.
The top item in the Filter menu always features the last filter you've applied. Choose it or press Ctrl+F to reapply that filter with the exact same settings you previously used. If you want to change the settings, then you need to choose the filter from its regular place in the list of filters or press Ctrl+Alt+F.
This option lets you try the effects of different filters, rearrange them, and preview what they'll look like in your photo (Effects palette).
Use this filter to correct various kinds of lens distortion problems (Correcting Lens Distortion).
This group of filters is used primarily (but not exclusively) for correcting and enhancing photos. The filters are discussed on Merging layers, unless otherwise noted.
Use these filters to apply a variety of artistic effects to your image, ranging from a ...