I am very cautious about special effects. They have been so over used that creative photographers stay away from then 95% of the time. Beginners and hacks use shovels to dump them on their prints. Beginners can be excused because they are at a place where everything looks new and exciting. If they have more than just technical skills they move on to pictures that express what they are trying to say.
I like my Nikon Coolpix 510. For almost fifty two years I carried a forty five pound camera bag filled with photographic ape waste. It hurt my neck and my shoulder.
Now, I see people buying digital SLR's with multiple lenses, and I cringe. The stereotype of the only "Serious" camera is a full sized, full priced camera. it also has to be heavy, cost a lot and has to come with an owners manual the size of Paris Hilton's credit card case.
My 510 has a lens that goes from twenty four millimeters out to a thousand. It weighs ten ounces, and fits into a small pouch on my belt. It was on sale for three hundred and twenty five dollars. About what you would pay for a DSLR lens.
I decided to try one of the special effects that I have never used. It supposed to turn your pictures into "paintings." I've tried it, and I think I've had my dose of digital effects for the next six months. It was fun for one picture, but it's unlikely if I use it again.
Joline, RonnieAG, LynneJoyce