Would really like to know how to edit a photo to get this effect. Its kind of like a cartoon effect but not the kind i'm used to seeing.
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There are some Photoshop filter effects (emboss, plastic wrap) that might get you close. The closest thing I know of are some of the Topaz filters.
I think the closest are the cartoon filters from the Topaz Clean product (Cartoon, Crisp Style and Curly Smooth). Topaz Adjust will also have similar effects.
These filters smooth out small detail (which the Topaz Clean product does generally) but enhances the contrast of large edges. You can adjust the smoothing effect and the edge effect to your liking. Topaz works with Photoshop (CS and Elements), Lightroom, Aperture, and some other image editors.