One simple way to make a photo pop in a layout is to convert the photo from color to black and white. In the layout on the right my eye is immediately drawn to the black and white photo.
Here are 2 easy ways ways to create this effect in Photoshop Elements 10.
1. Convert To Black And White Menu Option
This menu option is a destructive change. The change is made to the actual photo layer.
2. Hue/Saturation Mask
The hue/saturation mask in a non-destructive change. The mask is created in its own layer above the photo layer.
– Select the layer of the photo you want to change.
– Go to the bottom of the layer’s palette and select the half gray/half white circle to create an adjustment layer.
– Select Hue/Saturation.
– The Saturation level is initially set at 0. Pull the Saturation slider all the way to the left to remove all color.
– There will be a Hue/Saturation Layer above the photo in the layers palette. Right now the Hue/Saturation layer is applied to the photo and all layers underneath the photo including any papers or embellishments.
– Create a clipping mask to apply the Hue/Saturation layer to just the photo. Select the Hue/Saturation layer and then go to Layer->Create Clipping Mask in the menu.
I hope this tutorial helps you add some pop to your scrapbook layouts!