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Chapter 9. Masking Effects > Softening the Mask for Complex Shapes

Softening the Mask for Complex Shapes

Irregular shapes present a bit more of a challenge when you are trying to soften the mask edge. In most cases, a simple gradient overlay won’t really work. However, there’s another way to fake a soft edge. You can use the Soften Fill Edges option under Modify > Shape.

This time, you use the mask shape to create a hole in a second shape on the Gradient layer. Sounds a little strange, doesn’t it? However, after you have a hole in the shape of your mask, you can use Soften Fill Edges (Modify > Shape > Soften Fill Edges) to expand a gradiated fill into the masked area.


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