There's an image effect I want to recreate. Heres the image (SLIGHTLY NSFW): Image

I can roughly recreate the effect, but I don't like it as much. My steps are:

The Original

Hot air baloon

Step 1: Duplicate, desaturate, smart blur (edges only), blend mode


Step 2: Fiddle with curves

And in the end, I can play around with colors. Unfortunately, I seem to have saved the picture incorrectly, however, not too much changes anyway.


So now I'm reasonably happy with it, but...


...but the edges are still very thin and I cant find a very good way to make them stronger. Also, in the image I want to recreate, there is a strong white glow on thicker lines - not so in my version. Here, the color is just 'shining trough'.

Any ideas on how to improve this?

Thank you very much for the feedback.

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It looks to me like the entire image you're trying to copy is done with the Glowing Edges filter and then adjusting the Hue/Saturation.

I believe in new versions of Photoshop its been moved to the Filter Gallery. So get to it by Filter → Filter Gallery → Stylize → Glowing Edges

  • Well, that was massively wasted effort on my part. Thanks. Commented Aug 30, 2014 at 21:40

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