For years now we've all been doing the “cheesy Quick Mask with Diffuse filter version” to create edge effects, but generally the pros don't use it—instead they use third-party frame plug-ins, and other stock photo sources for a more realistic edge effect. Well, I came up with a way to get edges that look like the ones the pros use, and although it takes a little more effort than the “Quick Mask w/Diffuse cheesy version,” it looks vastly better.
Quick Tip: Cool trick for eliminating backgrounds
You can stroke a path with the Brush tool by going to the Paths palette and choosing Stroke Path from the pop-down menu. When the Stroke Path dialog appears, just choose Brush from the Tool pop-up menu. You can use that same technique ...