Dear Collective Wisdom,
I'm an beginner/intermediate Photoshop user, using CS5. I'm working on an image of two women, starting from an historical photograph. I selected, copied and pasted the central image of the 2 women onto a new layer which is otherwise transparent. I then created a copy of the original photograph's layer and applied a masking layer with a radial transparency gradient, so that when the original layer is hidden, the background appears to be radially faded behind the central image. So far, so good.
However, I'd like to apply an additional "dose" of transparency around the edges, so the image fades completely at the outermost edges. And I'd like more control over this additional fading than just applying another gradient.
I've seen a video of someone "painting" transparency onto an image, but I can't quite get my brain around it. From what I've read, it looks as though I should create another layer that will be an additional masking layer... but I need some help on how to do this.
My undying gratitude for any assistance to get me past this roadblock.
You can paint black on a pixel layer mask to make things transparent, gray to make them partially transparent, and white to make them fully opaque. You just have to target the layer mask in the Layers panel to paint on it. Other things work, too, like Curves operations, blurs, etc.
If you'll be so kind as to make a screen grab of your layers panel as it is and post it here, I or someone here could direct you just what to click on.
Thanks, Noel! I think I've got it now.