Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member
A photograph of course has a clearly defined boundary. The edge of the image itself, but sometimes I like to have that boundary fade off a little bit by adding a fade effect to my image. And actually what that means is not that I'm fading the image per say. But that I'm adding a border, generally, a white border that sort of fades from the edge inward. Let's take a look at a technique for producing that type of effect. I'll start off by creating a selection that defines the area that I want that faded edge to appear. I'll select the rectangular Marquee tool from the toolbox in this case, and then I'll just create a selection of the center of the image.
Going near the edge of the photo. And then once I've created that selection I'll invert it by choosing Select > Inverse from the menu. So now I have a selection of that outer area, essentially a border around the photo. I'll then add a new empty image layer by clicking the Create New Layer button, the blank sheet of paper icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. And then I'll add a Layer mask based on the current selection, to this layer. I can do that just by clicking the Add Layer Mask button, the circle inside of a square icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.
And so now, I have a Layer mask, which ensures that this layer is only visible around that outer edge. Of course, that's revealing nothing, because there's nothing on this layer yet, but I can fix that by filling this layer with white. So I'll click on the thumbnail for this layer, and then choose Edit > Fill from the menu. Set my Use pop-up up to white, and then click OK, and now I have that white border. Well this is part of the effect that I'm looking for but I also want to have that white border fade in, so that the effect is that the photo just fades out toward the edges. So I'll click on the layer mask in order to activate it, so that I'm modifying the layer mask, not the pixel layer.
And that will reveal the Masks options on the Properties panel and you'll see we have a Feather option. I'll go ahead and drag that feather slider over toward the right and you'll notice that I'm now feathering or blurring the Layer mask. So that I get that faded edge effect for my image, so I can adjust to taste, I think right about there looks to be pretty good. And there you have it. I've simply added a white layer but then utilized a Layer mask with a bit of feathering to produce a faded edge affect for the photo.
Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.Become a member
164 Video lessons · 54220 Viewers
64 Video lessons · 86245 Viewers
86 Video lessons · 55689 Viewers
148 Video lessons · 93035 Viewers
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.
Your file was successfully uploaded.