• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint

Real Ripped Edges

For years now we've all been doing the “cheesy Quick Mask with Diffuse filter version” to create edge effects, but generally the pros don't use it—instead they use third-party frame plug-ins, and other stock photo sources for a more realistic edge effect. Well, I came up with a way to get edges that look like the ones the pros use, and although it takes a little more effort than the “Quick Mask w/Diffuse cheesy version,” it looks vastly better.

Quick Tip: Cool trick for eliminating backgrounds

You can stroke a path with the Brush tool by going to the Paths palette and choosing Stroke Path from the pop-down menu. When the Stroke Path dialog appears, just choose Brush from the Tool pop-up menu. You can use that same technique to help you remove an object from its background. Just draw a loose path (with the Pen tool) around the object you want to remove from its background (don't let it touch the edge of the object, just get close). Then, instead of choosing the Brush tool in the Stroke Path dialog, choose the Background Eraser tool, then click OK. You'll be amazed because it traces around the edge of your image, erasing all the way around in about two seconds. Plus, it's fun to watch. Note: Make sure you choose a hard-edged brush for your Background Eraser tool before you try this trick.



PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint