Retain the Details

The majority of this effect has been done. But you’ll notice that the edges may appear softer due to this effect. In the steps below, you’ll learn how to filter out this effect from the edges.

Step 4

Select the top layer and add a layer mask (Layer> Add Layer Mask> Reveal All).

Layer Mask applied.


Step 5

Make sure the layer mask is activated. The thumbnail of the layer mask in the layers window should have a white border around it. If it doesn’t, click on the thumbnail to activate the layer mask.

Step 6

With the layer mask selected, open the Apply Image tool (Image> Apply Image). Change the Layer to Background and click OK.

The Apply Image tool. Your window may show the blending mode as Multiply instead. Using either the Multiply or Normal blending mode is fine. They will both produce the same result if the layer mask is white.

Layer and Layer Mask


Step 7

With the layer mask still activated, apply a Find Edges filter (Filter> Stylize> Find Edges). You may be able to notice  slight changes in the edges of your image when you apply the filter. After applying the Find Edges filter to the layer mask in my image, the edge details have been restored; especially on the eyebrow.

Find Edges applied to the layer mask.

With and without Outlined layer mask.


Step 8

You may notice some outlining on some of the edges. To remove this, apply a Gaussian Blur filter (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 3 pixels on the layer mask.

Before and after Gaussian Blur