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March 31, 2015

Photoshop Tutorial- Find Edges filter

Filed under: Flowers,Photoshop Tutorial,Processing Tips — Tags: , , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
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The Find Edges is one of my favorite Photoshop filters for playing with an image.Here’s what you can do with it.

I added a layer to the shot of the center of a Trillium and applied Filter >> Stylize .. Find Edges. It result in the image below:

Find Edges Layer

I then reduced the opacity of this layer to something I liked the look of (in this case 20%) and flattened the layers. The result was this:

Lowered Opacity to 20%

At this point I just had some fun with it. Raised the light levels, stomped on the contrast and juiced up the saturation. When I was happy with it, I had this:

Final Image

Following are a couple more examples:

Venice Scene Orkney Stone House

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  1. Thanks Harold, I had fun with this one too. I don’t use layers very often so I’m not really sure how to flatten them but I think its one of the last options on the pull down menu under layers. Your Venice scene is wonderful!

    Comment by Laure Neish — November 16, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

  2. Thanks Laure:

    Yes, that’s the correct way to flatten them. Getting to know how to use layers is a huge help with photoshop. I may make a tutorial on some of the many things you can do in PS if you use layers.

    Your website is looking great.

    Nice to hear from you, Harold

    Comment by Harold — November 17, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

  3. photoshop pretty much works entirely on layers so I would definately have a look at how to use them if i were you!

    Comment by Joe J — December 10, 2009 @ 11:42 am

  4. I am very familiar with layers and use them all the time. I’m don’t know why you thought otherwise.

    Comment by Harold — December 10, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

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  12. Very interesting post Stylize> Find Edges, the photo became white with edges like in your case and after I tried to flatten the image it remained white, which is not what is expected after all. Its is not coloured any more,
    What is the mistake that I’ve made?
    Thanks, Marina

    Comment by Marina — August 9, 2015 @ 6:01 am

  13. Hi Marina,

    Are you reducing the opacity of the layer that Find Edges was applied to? You need to reduce it, try perhaps to 20%, before flattening it. The color comes through from the original layer that was underneath.

    Comment by Harold — August 9, 2015 @ 10:10 pm

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