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PS CS5 Ranbows on edges

I'm looking for a way to apply rainbow-like colors to the edges [or contours] of selections within an image.
Is there any technique or PS plugin that will allow me to manipulate this?
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Al Jee
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You can add a Stroke and use a pattern or gradient.  The results will depend on the interaction of the object and the stroke.  I think that requires the object to be on it's own layer.
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Al JeeAuthor Commented:
Stroke?
I don't see anything in PS that references "stroke".
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
It's part of the "Layer Styles".  It is used to add a border, usually of a different color, around an object or text.  See here for more info: http://psd.tutsplus.com/articles/theory/add-a-stroke-using-photoshop-layer-styles/  In my old copy of Photoshop, you get to it by either double-clicking on the layer or right clicking on it and select Layer Styles.
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Al JeeAuthor Commented:
Ah!
OK, I see. :-)

I'll play with that sometime in the next week and see how that goes.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
No.  Now.
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Al JeeAuthor Commented:
Talk to coral.
He's handling my schedule.
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speed_54Commented:
Just do what Dave said. That should work. Do it now. Coral's too busy doing Coral stuff.
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Al JeeAuthor Commented:
What is this?
Am I being mugged?

Do I need to bring in some of my "employees"?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Only if you're done with them.
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speed_54Commented:
Only if you want to do lunch. Get your people to talk to my people, and we'll see what can be done.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I do lunch everyday.  Sometimes I share.
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MereteCommented:
rainbow-like colors to the edges?
 [or contours] ?
of selections?
 within an image.
Please define this a bit better
What is the image made of?
Is it a photo or an image of an object/face  logo numbers?
 is this what you're trying to do
This is a tutorial showing you how to make eyes have rainbow colors.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy6dXxjcQRQ
Advance Rainbow Stripe Action  ( photoshop)
http://graphicriver.net/item/advance-rainbow-stripe-action/4113927
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Al JeeAuthor Commented:
Merete> Most of my images are .psd images taken from camera raw photographs.
It doesn't matter what the subject is.

I am talking about selecting a part of the image and applying a color effect to the outside edges of the selection or maybe even to contours within the selection.
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MereteCommented:
Gully Foyle, thanks, I have a vivid imagination ;)
PSD maybe more difficult to work with as a raw image?
There is so many different approaches to achieve effects so I guess it depends on your skills and what degree of effects you want.
To achieve this I'd use different approaches for the different areas of the images
Start with learning your tools capabilities.
Masks layers
If you want to add an aura effect or glow around an object, inside an object and so on

 (1) selecting a part of the image and applying a color effect < become familiar with the magic wand/ tool or selections tool, has a few different names, use that to put a dotted a line around that particular area, then see what effects you can add to that area.
This tool  itself can also be modified how the dotted lines appear this guide shoudl help you
Using the Magic Wand Tool in Adobe Photoshop CS5
http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1661119
example
How to Put a Glow Around an Object in Photoshop
Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_7181405_put-around-object-photoshop-cs3.html#ixzz2pCUGkofb

Great thing with youtube, is full of tuturials
Photoshop CS5 Tutorial The Magic Wand Tool
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S10vVJmJGE

Does that help?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I don't have a new version of Photoshop but I know that you can't use the 'Stroke' effect on selections in my copy.  It only works on complete objects on a layer.  You could copy the selection and paste it into a new layer to use the 'Stroke' effect on it.
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Al JeeAuthor Commented:
Update:
Selecting is not an issue.
I have relatively decent masking skills plus I use a great masking filter from Topaz that really simplifies a lot of very difficult masking jobs.

I have selected a part of a current image [call the selection "owl"] and put that selection on a new layer, all by it's lonesome.
I have played with layer styles a bit this afternoon, but still have a long way to go.
I can get a monocolor glow around the edges, but I'm looking for a way to vary the colors within the given glow and possibly add a pattern.
I am getting a strange effect with the "Stroke" option that looks like a black ragged edge extending outside of owl.
I will need to play with the options more to try to get a feel for them. There are more than a few.

Also, I'll look at the glow video to see if I can pick up some clues from it.

This is going to take me a while or two so I'll get back when I have another update.
Thanks! :-)
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You can select patterns or gradients instead of a solid color for the Stroke effect.
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Al JeeAuthor Commented:
<place holder>
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
<pot holders> are prettier.
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Al JeeAuthor Commented:
not legal in Texas.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You gots no pots in Teggs-ass?
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Al JeeAuthor Commented:
My graphics computer is down and I'm just getting time to fix it.

I'll be back.
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MereteCommented:
Sorry to hear your system is down.
Hope to see you back soon
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Al JeeAuthor Commented:
bump
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
hump a camel
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Al JeeAuthor Commented:
hump
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MereteCommented:
Must be broken and he's saving up for a new graphics computer, hmm since I just built one in November 2013 that cost me 4.5 grand in Ozzie dollars I'd say this question is now abandoned.
Not that it really matters but seems unfair since so many great experts volunteer their time to help out free of charge and then the asker just dissappears leaving the volunteer mods  cleanup crew to come in and delete/ disaperse the points ie decide what to do with this question..

LONG Ping!!
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Al JeeAuthor Commented:
I did not disappear.
I posted just a few days ago to let everyone know I am still here. I am still waiting for my new video card if you really need details.
However, if you want to push for the closure of this Q then here goes:

Dave Baldwin was the first to suggest using the Layers Style to achieve a glow on the edges of a selection. His info works to produce a colored glow.
I suspect that, when the glow is achieved I will be able to select the color of the glow and then manipulate it to achieve some interesting effects including the rainbow I desire.

The link that Merete provided about achieving the glow was essentially a restatement of what Dave Baldwin said. None of his other info addressed the question at all.

Dave Baldwin gets the accept with my thanks.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You're welcome, glad to help.
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