Smoothing the mask, recreating the corners


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Smoothing the mask, recreating the corners

In this exercise, we're going to smooth out the edges around the shark using an old-school technique that involves Gaussian Blur and the Levels command, and then we'll restore a few corners using the Magnetic Lasso tool. I've saved my progress as Levitating shark.psd, and if you zoom-in on the detail of the shark such as the tail here, you can see that we've got a few jags going on, and I want to smooth those away and here's how you do that. Switch over to the layer Mask for that shark layer. So click on the thumbnail to make sure it's active. Then, you go up to the Filter menu, you choose Blur, and you choose Gaussian Blur and this is a recipe that works beautifully for just about any image.

I'm going to change the Radius value in this case to 4 pixels, that's what I ended up coming up with. But, you want a value that's large enough to blur away those jagged edges, so that we have some smooth forms going on. Now, you don't want it to be too big e...

Smoothing the mask, recreating the corners
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Smoothing the mask, recreating the corners provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Deke McClelland as part of the Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Fundamentals

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Design
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Photoshop
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