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Let's set up your file first. Open up the image in Photoshop. If your Background Layer is locked, double-click to unlock it.
Right-click on the layer and select "Duplicate Layer..."
It's good Photoshop practice to keep your layers organized. Rename them to reflect what they are.
Select the Softened layer and change its style to "Overlay".
From the menu, click on Filter > Other > High Pass.
This step will vary a little bit depending on your file size and nature. I set my radius to 6.0 pixels. If you're using a higher-resolution image, set ...
From the menu, click on Image > Adjustments > Invert.
With your Softened layer selected, click on the "Add Layer Mask" icon. It's located below your layers palette, third icon from the left. The icon looks like a ...
From the menu, click on Image > Adjustments > Black & White.
This step is a little tedious. In your Softened layer, there should be two boxes. Click on the white one. Using the Eraser tool, erase anything that is ...
Your image should start to look a little something like this.
One more step to go! Change the Opacity of the Softened layer to 75%. Ta-da, you're done!
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