How to Convert a Selection into a Layer Mask in Photoshop


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Converting a selection into a layer mask

Let's learn the proper way to create a vignette. It gives you a lot of flexibility and then along the way to do that, we will learn a couple of tricks, like how to convert a selection to a layer mask and so forth. To do the classic vignette effect, and a vignette is where you have a soft edge fading out to either a white background or hopefully transparency, so you can control the color of the background separately. Let's go ahead and make our rectangular selection here, like so. And what we want to do is soften those edges, so it's not just a hard edge. Now, again, most people will go to Select > Modify > Feather.

I don't actually like this technique and I am going to show you why here. I can't really preview this. I have no idea how hard or how soft this feathered selection is going to end up. If I click OK, I just get some indication of rounded corners. I have no real way to preview this as I am creating it using this method. So, I am going to undo this, Comma...

Converting a selection into a layer mask
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Converting a selection into a layer mask provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Michael Ninness as part of the Photoshop CS5 Essential Training

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Design Photography
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Photoshop
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