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Select > Feather vs Feather in option bar

Jan 25, 2013 11:43 AM

If I make a section with the marquee tool, and then Select > feather 100 px, I get a smooth rectangular gradient.


If I use the same Marquee selection, preceded by feathering in the Options Bar, I get an oval selection reflecting the feathering.


I observe the feathering by creating a layer mask, or by dragging the selected Layer into another document.


Why is the feathering different?


Thanks very much,



Mac 10.7.5, PSCS6


BTW, I was doing this little experiment on a Background Layer.

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    Jan 26, 2013 7:32 PM   in reply to duck13

    I don't know if they would be exactly the same, but it should be a close enough match that a casual glance wouldn't see the difference.


    What size is your rectangular marquee selection?


    Could you post some screenshots with the steps in each case?

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    Jan 27, 2013 12:40 AM   in reply to R_Kelly

    There is no difference between using the feather input at top of screen, and feathering after making an un-feathered selection.

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