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FEATHER

Softening selection edges with low amounts of feathering is a useful technique for creating subtle transitions between image elements or, when pushed to the extreme, for easily and quickly creating dream-like image composites. As discussed and illustrated in Chapter 2, feathering a selection creates a transition between active and inactive image areas. As the feather amount increases, the transition between active and inactive pixels increases—something you can take advantage of to enhance creative effects.

Although I like a soft edge, I can't stand the “no preview,” feather interface shown in figure 3.21. When you change the numeric value, you get absolutely no visual feedback as to what is going to take place until you click OK. So from here on out, we will never, ever feather a selection again! But we will soften selection edges with visual acumen and control by combining Quick Mask and Gaussian Blur.


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