Beginning Photography

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Extra Processing: Edges

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The weather today has been miserable: throwing it down with rain, crappy light, not inspirational at all. Wanting to stay creative to some extent I decided to have a play with photoshop and see what I could learn. The result, well, have a look below.

It certainly sheds new light on this image and I can see how this could get addictive.

The method itself is relatively simple. Having opened the image in photoshop open up the channels palete and view the red, green and blue channels individually to see which offers the most contrast. Having chosen the best channel duplicate it. Next, working with the duplicated channel, select “filter – stylise – find edges”. The image will become something resembling a line drawing. Choose image – adjustments – levels and bring up the blacks to the point where the image looks its best. Choose whether or not to apply any sharpening, delete the original channels leaving just the new one, and save the file. Bobs ya uncle, one line drawing from a photograph.


Written by James

December 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm

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  1. Thats really cool – the lines of the feathers really suit that kind of effect – it does look like one of those illustrations in older books.

    I tried a similar thing with this image of an arabian mare – it was slightly blurred as she ran past me, and it was a nice head shot. So I did it with a pastels toning ( I have Paint Shop Pro not PS and this is a default option)

    Arabian Mare

    Like yours it brings up the detail and fortunately hides the fact it was slightly motion blurred 🙂


    December 31, 2009 at 9:10 am

    • Thanks for the feedback, I would love to view your image but when I try to view it I get told the page is private. Do you have it online elsewhere?


      December 31, 2009 at 11:52 am

      • Arabian Mare

        See if that one works 🙂


        January 4, 2010 at 11:16 pm

        • Got it now, and I see what you mean, nice effect. The blurring probably addes to the image rather than subtracting in that form


          January 4, 2010 at 11:31 pm

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