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Using a filter to add an artistic edge

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Video: Using a filter to add an artistic edge

At times I like to add an artistic edge to my images, and I like them to be a little bit random. Just some sort of texture that's interesting. And, to do that, I can utilize a filter in conjunction with a layer mask. Let's take a look at the basic technique. I'll start by utilizing the Rectangular Mark key tool, in order to create a selection of most of the image, just inside from that outer edge. I'll then add a new image layer by clicking on the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel, and I'll add a layer mask to this layer based on the selection, by clicking on the Add Layer Mask button. Next, I'll click on the thumbnail for the image layer itself, and I'm going to fill this layer with white so that that will become the border for my image. So I'll go to the Edit menu and choose Fill.

Using a filter to add an artistic edge

At times I like to add an artistic edge to my images, and I like them to be a little bit random. Just some sort of texture that's interesting. And, to do that, I can utilize a filter in conjunction with a layer mask. Let's take a look at the basic technique. I'll start by utilizing the Rectangular Mark key tool, in order to create a selection of most of the image, just inside from that outer edge. I'll then add a new image layer by clicking on the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel, and I'll add a layer mask to this layer based on the selection, by clicking on the Add Layer Mask button. Next, I'll click on the thumbnail for the image layer itself, and I'm going to fill this layer with white so that that will become the border for my image. So I'll go to the Edit menu and choose Fill.

I'll make sure the Use popup is set to white and I'll click OK. And now, of course, I have white, but it's covering up the image. Because my selection was of the interior of the image, not of the border around the edge of the photo and so I needed the opposite selection. Essentially, I should have inverted my selection. But that's okay, because I can actually just invert my layer mask. I'll go ahead and click on the thumbnail for the layer mask so that I can modify the layer mask itself. And then, on the properties panel, I'll scroll down so that I can see the invert button, and I'll simply click invert.

And as you can see, I've inverted my layer mask, reversing it essentially, so that I get the same result as though I had inverted my selection in the first place. So now I have a border, but it's not exactly an artistic border, it's just a white border. It's essentially as though I had cropped the image. But that's because I just used a simple selection. But now I can modify this layer mask utilizing the filter. So I'll go to the Filter menu, and choose Filter Gallery. That will bring up the Filter Gallery. I can add additional Filter layers if I'd like.

In this case I have a pretty good starting point. I have the Ocean Ripple filter, as well as the Underpainting filter. I can turn off the visibility for any of those Filter effects. I can click on the trash can icon if I want to delete the selected layer. I can also add a new Filter Effect layer. Initially the new layer will be a duplicate of the currently active layer. But then, I can apply changes just clicking on a thumbnail representing one of the filters if I'd like and then modifying the overall settings for that Filter effect. And I can even change the order of the Filters.

I'll go ahead and drag the Underpainting filter up to the top of the stack, for example. But as you can see, I'm able to fine-tune the shape of that Edge effect, just by applying as many filters as I'd like, and adjusting the overall settings for those filters. Once I'm happy with the edge effect, I'll go ahead and click the OK button, and you can see that that edge effect, now impacts my image. Because what I've really done is applied a filter directly to my layer mask. So, now the layer mask that is determining which portions of my white layer are blocked versus revealed has been changed in shape to create a rather interesting effect for the photo.

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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

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  1. 1m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
  2. 46m 26s
    1. Selections, alpha channels, and layer masks, oh my!
      5m 48s
    2. Anti-aliasing and selections
      6m 6s
    3. The case for not feathering selections
      6m 50s
    4. Adding, subtracting, and intersecting
      7m 31s
    5. Inverting a selection
      3m 4s
    6. Mixing and matching selection tools
      2m 32s
    7. Using Deselect and Reselect
      3m 47s
    8. Temporarily hiding a selection
      2m 7s
    9. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    10. Using the cursor for selections
      2m 27s
  3. 51m 42s
    1. The Rectangular Marquee tool
      8m 24s
    2. The Elliptical Marquee tool
      6m 2s
    3. The Lasso tool
      4m 55s
    4. The Polygonal Lasso tool
      6m 27s
    5. The Magnetic Lasso tool
      10m 9s
    6. The Quick Selection tool
      5m 33s
    7. The Magic Wand tool
      10m 12s
  4. 38m 38s
    1. Selecting the border of an existing selection
      1m 50s
    2. The Color Range command
      7m 19s
    3. Focusing a Color Range selection
      2m 55s
    4. Selecting faces with Color Range
      2m 31s
    5. The Pen tool
      5m 40s
    6. Selecting by luminosity
      3m 39s
    7. Selecting from a channel
      6m 13s
    8. Transforming a selection
      4m 4s
    9. Quick Mask mode
      4m 27s
  5. 50m 46s
    1. Combining layers into a single document
      1m 49s
    2. Layering images manually
      1m 55s
    3. Assembling a panorama automatically
      3m 1s
    4. Advanced blending
      4m 0s
    5. Painting to hide and reveal
      3m 24s
    6. Creating a selection-based composite
      2m 43s
    7. Select, then paint
      3m 28s
    8. Advanced mask cleanup
      6m 18s
    9. Creating an edge-fade effect
      2m 23s
    10. Using a filter to add an artistic edge
      3m 6s
    11. Using a brush effect to add an artistic edge
      5m 30s
    12. Transforming a masked object
      1m 51s
    13. Unlinking image and mask
      2m 53s
    14. Matching composite images
      2m 17s
    15. Adding layer effects with masks
      2m 21s
    16. Reviewing layer masks
      3m 47s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Painting in an adjustment
      3m 20s
    2. Shades of gray
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Gradient tool
      4m 4s
    4. Adjusting a selected area
      1m 42s
    5. Creating a vignette effect with masking
      2m 13s
    6. Using a layer group
      3m 34s
    7. Working with multiple masks
      4m 5s
    8. Refining an adjustment mask
      6m 46s

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