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Create sketches with the Glowing Edges filter in four steps

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
November 17, 2015

Use filters to make colourful sketches


1. Duplicate and desaturate


Open your image and press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer. Press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+U to quickly desaturate it. Drop the layer Opacity to 50%.

2. Blur and blend


Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate. Bring back Opacity to 100%. Press Cmd/Ctrl+I to invert. Set blend mode to Color Dodge. Go to Filter>Blur Gaussian Blur. Use 30px, click OK.

3. Use Glowing Edges


Select the first layer, Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate. Drag to the top of the layer stack. Go to Filter>Stylize>Glowing Edges. Set to (top to bottom) 1, 20, 15.

4. Finalise the look


Press Cmd/Ctrl+I, blend mode to Multiply. Add a layer mask. Select the Brush tool. With a soft brush, paint black in the mask to reduce the effect in areas.

  • osama mhmoud

    great work

  • Anne Marie Dawson

    I am using CC; I do not see Glowing Edges in Stylize. Am I missing a step? Thank you.

  • Sergok

    Hey! Glowing Edges in Filter/Filter Gallery