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The Mask: selection techniques > Softening Those Harsh Edges

Softening Those Harsh Edges

When you make an adjustment to a selected area in a photo, your adjustment stays completely inside the selected area. That’s great in many cases, but when you deselect, you’ll see a hard edge around the area you adjusted, making the change look fairly obvious. However, softening those hard edges (thereby “hiding your tracks”) is easy—here’s how.

Step One

First, drag out a selection slightly larger than you need using any tool you’d like. Now make an exaggerated adjustment (such as adjusting Shadows/Highlights, which is found under Enhance, under Adjust Lighting, and choose Shadows/Highlights). Then, deselect by pressing Control-D. Regardless of what adjustment you chose, you can clearly see the edge around the area you adjusted (as shown below).


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