will take you through a few simple steps to one way of running this
action. I'll be applying an edge to a picture taken of me in
1973...pretty good picture don't you think...;-)
Open the image that you want to make an edge on and press 'Ctrl' +
'-' to make sure that no palettes are overlapping the image.
Run the action. After a few seconds a
window will pop up and tell you to draw your mask. Use the paintbrush
tool and select a large sharp brush.
Draw your mask on the white/transparent background using black
Fill the image with white and start over again if you want to
change the edge. When your edge is finished RESTART the
You should now have a picture looking something like this:
There's a lot of shadow in this picture so let's fix that.
Select the shadow layer and the move tool:
Reduse the opacity to about 60% and use the arrow keys to move
the shadow layer and voila! you have the finished picture:
(Click the image to see a larger version.)
TIP!: Are you having problems saving the picture as a .gif
or .jpeg file? Remember to flatten the image before you save
If you are going to use the picture in a publication or on a web
page that doesn't have a white background, simply fill the
background layer with the correct colour or pattern. If you don't
know how to do that you can read about it in the Filmstrip