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How can I create a white border around figures that are in an image? (CS 6; examples+image included)

Feb 15, 2013 5:27 PM

Hi,

I have CS6 and am wondering how to create a white ("comic style"?) border around figures in an image, as in the examples below. I don't wish to include the black shadow of the border, just the white part.

Examples:

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Here's the image I'd like to alter, making a white border around the outline of all five figures:

tumblr_m5t2gnJmHI1rw01h4o1_1280.png

 

I researched for quite a while but could find no instructions. It would be very much appreciated if someone knows and would be kind enough to share the technique! Thank you.

 
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    Feb 15, 2013 5:56 PM   in reply to xiahtic

    There are a lot of ways you could do this, but most all would involve selecting the blue background, probably with the Magic Wand tool or Select > Color Range. You would then need some white, by filling the selection, or masking the image, or masking a Color Fill layer, or . . .

     

    Then use the Polygon Lasso or the Pen tool to ouline the outer white area, and use this to create a mask.

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Feb 15, 2013 7:25 PM   in reply to xiahtic

    If you make the image a layer (opposed to Background)...

     

    You could Select the blue with the Magic Wand as Semaphoric says, then fill with white.  Then choose Select - Modify Selection - Contract, and mask or delete the remaining pixels.  The Contract operation will give you a nice border the size you choose.

     

    For extra credit, you could use Refine Edge to make the selection more accurate.

     

    Click to see the image  against a dark background.

     

     

    WhiteBorder.png

     

    WhiteBorderWithShadow.png

     

    -Noel

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Feb 15, 2013 8:20 PM   in reply to xiahtic

    When I selected I used the Magic Wand but not the Contiguous setting, and it picked up a little bit in that curl.  When I ran Refine Edge and turned up the Smart Radius some it picked that curl out properly.

     

    I suggest this video to really learn how to make Refine Edge sing:

    http://tv.adobe.com/watch/the-russell-brown-show/masking-basics-in-pho toshop-cs5/

     

    It says Photoshop CS5 but it's equally applicable to Photohsop CS6.

     

    -Noel

     
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