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:
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.