These Chinese umbrellas were photographed at Epcot in
Disney World. I really liked the colors and lines.
I hadn't really explored any of the features of Photoshop
until recently. Usually I just use Photoshop to crop images
and maybe turn a color image into a black and white image.
Valerie Cox was showing me some of the great work that she's
done using Photoshop to create some amazing images for the
'creative' and 'manipulated' categories of the print and
digital competitions. (See Valerie's
'Leaf Dreamin' image from October.)
So I figured I'd try a filter on one of my photos.
The umbrella photo on the above-left is just as it was
shot - without any manipulation.
The umbrella photo on the above-right has the 'Glowing
Edges' filter applied in Photoshop.
If you want to experiment with various filters, It's a
good idea to create a copy of your original image and save
it somewhere safe.
in your working copy of the image, make duplicate layer
so that you'll always have a clean layer in case you need
You can find this particular filter in Photoshop 7 and
CS2 by selecting:
From there, you can select various options such as Edge
Width, Edge Brightness and Smoothness as shown to the right.
Try various combinations and see how they look. You might
find it's so fun you loose track of time playing with all
the various filters. Good luck!