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Varying edge softness in Quick Mask

From: Photoshop CS4: Selections in Depth

Video: Varying edge softness in Quick Mask

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.

Varying edge softness in Quick Mask

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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Photoshop CS4: Selections in Depth

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Jan Kabili
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  1. 2m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 19s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 7s
  2. 21m 1s
    1. Why select?
      7m 13s
    2. What is a selection?
      4m 22s
    3. Deselecting and reselecting
      1m 59s
    4. Hiding a selection boundary
      2m 41s
    5. Using the Select All command
      4m 46s
  3. 38m 56s
    1. Using the Rectangular Marquee tool
      8m 25s
    2. Using the Elliptical Marquee tool
      6m 26s
    3. Drawing freehand selections with the Lasso tool
      5m 26s
    4. Selecting straight edges with the Polygonal Lasso tool
      4m 58s
    5. Selecting with the Pen tool and paths
      8m 17s
    6. Making selections from shapes
      5m 24s
  4. 37m 1s
    1. Using the Quick Selection tool
      5m 44s
    2. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 39s
    3. Working with the Color Range feature
      8m 0s
    4. Selecting edges with the Magnetic Lasso tool
      7m 48s
    5. Selecting layer transparency
      2m 37s
    6. Selecting image luminosity
      6m 13s
  5. 33m 0s
    1. Moving selections
      2m 55s
    2. Transforming selections
      3m 13s
    3. Using contextual commands for transformation
      3m 13s
    4. Inverting selections
      3m 50s
    5. Anti-aliasing selections
      6m 52s
    6. Feathering selections
      6m 49s
    7. Fine-tuning selections in Refine Edge
      6m 8s
  6. 24m 27s
    1. Saving selections
      6m 0s
    2. Loading and modifying saved selections
      4m 57s
    3. Saving selections to other images
      4m 55s
    4. Creating layer masks from selections
      6m 36s
    5. Loading selections from layer masks
      1m 59s
  7. 15m 41s
    1. Adding, subtracting, and intersecting selections
      5m 26s
    2. Combining selections to build a graphic
      5m 8s
    3. Expanding selections with Grow and Similar
      5m 7s
  8. 22m 1s
    1. Cleaning up selections in Quick Mask
      6m 37s
    2. Creating selections from scratch in Quick Mask
      2m 44s
    3. Changing Quick Mask options
      2m 37s
    4. Varying edge softness in Quick Mask
      2m 28s
    5. Filtering selections in Quick Mask
      2m 5s
    6. Making Step and Repeat selections in Quick Mask
      5m 30s
  9. 35m 53s
    1. Making selections from color channels
      4m 55s
    2. Working with the Background Eraser tool
      10m 44s
    3. Pasting into selections
      5m 28s
    4. Installing the legacy Extract filter
      5m 19s
    5. Using the Extract filter
      9m 27s
  10. 52s
    1. Goodbye
      52s

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