PSE9 under MAC OS 10.6.8.
I don't know how I can add to what the title already says. I would like a photo to have a soft border that feathers to invisible. I've tried to set an absolute invisible border (select invert followed by a background erase of the selection) and feathering that, but I inevitably get feathering that starts at the outer edge, crosses over into the photo itself leaving a sharp edge showing, and extends too far into the photo.
I simply want all four of the photo's edges to "disappear" into nothing.
Select what you want. Go to Select>Feather and add a largish feather (the exact amount will depend on the resolution of the photo and the size of what you want to keep). Then Select>Invert, Delete.
Oh, and to get a transparent surround, if this is just a single layer photo with only a background layer, before you do any of this, go to the layers panel and double-click the background layer to make it a regular layer.
You're not only handy, you're consistent. On 8/4/2010 you answered a similar question (without the transparency part) for me and I responded "PERFECT!" Once again, it's perfect -- and so-o-o easy. Thank you.
I did have a little panic attack when I got the email, because it only showed your first paragraph which I already knew, thanks to you. I went to the site anyway, and practically jumped for joy when I saw the second paragraph.
Have a great holiday season!
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Now that I've had success with Select Feather and its parameter, I'm wondering about the other feather parameter on the toolbar next to anti alias. Am I correct in saying that this does not affect the Select Feather function? Would you give me a two-bit definition of where this parameter does have an effect?