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- Safely experimenting with creativity
- Creating a black-and-white effect
- Using Curves presets for creative effects
- Applying a vignette
- Using the Filter Gallery
- Applying a Gradient Map adjustment
- Creating a multiple exposure effect
- Hand-painting an image
- Creative projects
Skill Level Intermediate
Filter provide a method for applying interesting textures and effects to your images, and those same filters can be used to apply an interesting edge effect to a photo. In this lesson we'll see how it's done. The edge effect is going to transition the image from the actual image to a white border, but the transition from the image to that white border will be a filtered effect. My first step then is to add that border layer. I'll go ahead and click on the create new layer button at the bottom of the layers panel. I'm also going to rename this layer, I'll double-click the name for the payer and I'll call this filtered edge since that's the effect I'm going to apply.
And I want to fill this layer with white, so that the filtered edge will transition from the image to white. I could use any color, but using white will cause this area to not print. It'll effectively just transition the image from actual image into blank paper when I print the image. I'll go ahead and choose Edit Fill from the menu and set my use pop-up to white and make sure the blending options are set to the normal mode with a 100 percent opacity and then I'll click OK. Obviously, this fills the layer with white and it's currently covering up the entire image, but we're going to change where this layer is actually visible. I want to select the border area and so I am going to choose the rectangular Marquee tool from the tool box and then create a selection that includes most of the image but leaving a border area around the outside and of course what I actually want to select is that border area, so I will invert my solution by choosing select inverse.
So with that border area selected, I can add a layer mask to my filtered edge layer so that only that portion of this layer will be visible. I'll click on the add layer mask button, the circle inside of a square icon at the bottom of the layers panel, and now we can see that the white image layer is only visible around the border. The edge of that border is a crisp blind but we can change the shape of the border by applying a filter to our layer mask. Now most of the more creative filters only work with 8 bit per channel images.
So if you're working with a 16 bit per channel image you would want to duplicate the image. Convert that duplicate to 8 bits per channel and then save that as a separate file to work with. But in this case, I have an 8 bit per channel image, so I don't need to worry about that. I can simply choose > Filter > Filter Gallery from the menu in order to bring up the filter gallery and apply some interesting filters to my layer mask. I'll expand some of the additional sections of filters here and find something that seems interesting. let's take a look here. Maybe the sponge effect except that that will cause some of the image area to have white over the top of it.
So I might want to use a different option here. I'll take a look at torn edges that gives me a little bit of an interesting effect. I can then duplicate torn edges and maybe I'll add sprayed strokes to the mix here. I can adjust the stroke length. Obviously any of the settings for any of these filters can be adjusted and perhaps I'll duplicate again. And maybe add an ocean ripple effect. I think I'd like sprayed strokes though to be on top of ocean ripple. So that it's a little bit stronger in the mix. And that looks to be pretty interesting. The key is, that you can stack multiple filter effects, you can choose from any of the available filter effects, and of course, you can adjust the settings for each of those individual filter effects as you'd like. But instead of applying these filters to an actual image, we're applying them to a layer mask, changing the shape of that layer mask, and that will ultimately change the shape of the border that we've added to our image. I'll go ahead and click OK so that we can see the final effect in the image. And there you have it, a nice artistic border, around the outer edge, of my image.
Through the use of one or more filters utilizing the Filter Gallery, it's possible to choose from a virtually unlimited range of possible edge effects, for a photographic image.