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Chapter 11. 38 Special: Photographic Spe... > Burned-In Edge Effect (Vignetting) - Pg. 323

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Three: Press M to get the Rectangular Marquee tool and drag a selection about 1" inside the edges of your photo. Then, to greatly soften the edges of your selection, go under the Select menu and choose Feather. When the dialog appears, enter 50 pixels for a low-res photo (or 170 pixels for a high-res, 300-ppi photo), and click OK. Step Four: Now that your edges have been softened, all you have to do is press Delete (PC: Backspace), and you'll knock a soft hole out of your black layer, revealing the photo on the Background layer beneath it. Now press Command-D (PC: Control-D) to deselect. Note: If the edges seem too dark, you can go to the Layers palette and lower the Opacity of your black layer (in the example shown here, I lowered the Opacity to around 80%). Photographic Special Effects Chapter 11 323