Smooth the edges of a selection by smoothing
You can soften the hard edges of a selection by softening or blurring. Smoothing softens the irregular edges of a selection by smoothing the color transition between the border pixels and the background pixels. As only the border pixels change, no details are lost. Smoothing is useful when cutting, copying and pasting selections to create composite images.
You can select smoothing with the Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, Magnetic Lasso, Elliptical Frame and Magic Wand tools. For anti-aliases, you must select the Anti-Alias option before making the selection; You cannot add smoothing to an existing selection.
- In the Edit workspace, select the Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, Magnetic Lasso, Elliptical Frame, or Magic Wand tool.
- Select Anti-alias in the options bar.
- Make a selection in the image window.
Blur the edges of a selection with feathers
You can soften the hard edges of a selection by setting. The draft blurs the edges by creating a transition between the selection and the surrounding pixels. This blur can cause some loss of detail at the edge of the selection.
You can create a feathered selection with the Elliptical Frame, Rectangular Frame, Lasso, Polygonal Lasso or Magnetic Lasso tool. You can also add draft to an existing selection using the Select menu. Draft effects are apparent when you move, cut, copy or fill the selection.
Define a feathered edge for a selection tool
1.In the Edit workspace, perform one of the following actions:
- Select any of the lasso or frame tools in the toolbox and enter a Pen value in the options bar to define the pen width. The draft begins at the selection edge.
- Select the Selection Brush tool and select a soft-edged brush from the brush pop-up panel in the options bar.
2.Make a selection in the image window.
Define a feathered edge for an existing selection
- In the Edit workspace, use a toolbox selection tool to make a selection.
- Choose Select> Pen.
- Type a value between .2 and 250 in the Feather Radius text box and click OK. The radius of the pen defines the width of the feathered edge.