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Quick edges - Want to add a custom edge effect to your photo, but without the expense of buying a plug-in to do the job? Duncan Evans has the answer.
STEP BY STEP
|1. Load the original image into Photoshop. This one shows the road at the front so it's a strong candidate for an edge effect. Note that edges eat into the photo, frames tend to go outside.|
|2. Right click on the Background layer and select Layer from Background. This turns the background into a floating layer. Now add a layer mask to this layer by clicking on the icon in the Layers palette. Select the foreground colour to be black and select a brush type with a variable design. You'll want to increase the brush size, depending on the image size. Here it was increased to 75. Set the Opacity at around 25%.|
|4. All you need to do now is go to Layer > Flatten Image to flatten it to a white background. The more layer mask was added, the whiter the edge will be. If you aren't happy with the effect, undo the flatten image command and carry on.|