Thanks for your quick response. On first blush I thought how dumb am I already having looked there...however..
When I drop down the filters menu, the following are greyed out and not available...artistic, brush strokes, pixelate, sketch or texture. Just loaded Elements 11 today and maybe it didn't load properly?? Any idea what may be happening??
You need an 8 bit RGB image to use some of the filters. Go to Image>moda and make sure that's what you have.
In addition to the Barbara it may possible your images'color mode in not RGB/Grayscale .
Many of the filters are disabled for Indexed and Bitmap color modes.
To covert the image to 8 bit from 16 bit . Go to image menu > Mode > 8 Bits/Channel.
To concvert the image mode . Go to image menu > Mode > RGB.
Perfect Barbara...that was it. Thanks so much