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Normally when you create a selection and then you feather that selection, all sides of the selection are feathered to the same degree but sometimes, you want a selection that's soft on one side but not on the other. You can't do that by directly feathering a selection but you can do it using Quick Mask Mode and I'd like to show you that technique in this movie. I'm going to start by entering Quick Mask Mode by clicking the Quick Mask icon at the bottom of the toolbar. Next I'm going to make a selection with the Selection tool. I could use any of the Lasso tools or any of the Marquee tools.
I'll just use the Rectangular Marquee. One of the advantages of working in Quick Mask Mode is that you can use Selection tools in this mode. With that selection active, I'm going to create a gradient. I'll select the Gradient tool and notice in the Options bar that this gradient is going to run from black to white. That's because the foreground color is black and the background color is white. To draw that gradient, I'm going to start on the right side of this selection and I'm going to drag out a gradient line to the left side of the selection. So this gradient, which ran from right to left, created a mask in Quick Mask Mode that gradually falls off as it moves right to left.
Now I'm going to exit Quick Mask Mode and it's difficult to see here in the marching ants view exactly what kind of a mask I have. But you will see the effect when I add an adjustment with this selection active. The adjustment I'm going to add is a Photo Filter adjustment. The Photo Filter adjustment is one that simulates the look of various camera filters. I'll click the Photo Filter adjustment icon here in the Adjustments panel, and that creates a new Photo Filter adjustment layer down here in the Layers panel.
By default, the Photo Filter is a warming filter, which is difficult to see in this image. So I'm going to change that to a Cooling Filter (82) and then I'm going to take the Density slider and I'm going to move it to the right to somewhere around 50% and you can see the results in this image. The right side of selection is not soft. It's just a rectangular a hard-edged selection, but moving over to the left side there's a gradual softness appearing on this side of the selection. And that was accomplished by adding a black to white gradient inside the selection that I had created in Quick Mask Mode.
And this simulates the effect of having a selection with one side feathered and one side not feathered.
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