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Why not use a feathered selection to fade your 800x600 image to black?
Sounds good, how do I do that?
This might work for you:
- Start with a 1024x768 image
- Put guidelines for where you want your 800x600 to be. For a centered image, these are at x=112 and 912, y=84 and 684. This will form a rectangle.
- Select the oval marquee tool. The default marquee tool is rectangular, so click on the small triangle next to it for the list to select the oval.
- Carefully draw from one corner of the guideline rectangle to the opposite. If your guidelines are the default green, the crosshairs will turn magenta when they are over the guidelines. Increasing the zoom to 150% may help.
- In the Property Inspector, set the feathering value to the number of pixels you wish.
- Go to the menu Select > Select Inverse to select what is outside the oval region.
- Press your delete key to remove the outer region.
- From menu Modify > Canvas > Canvas Color... choose Custom and set the canvas color to black.
For example (this is a FW .png file):
The feathering extends in both directions from the drawn oval, so you may decide you need your oval smaller. Work out how much feathering you want, first, then figure out how much smaller you need to make your oval to have all the fade within the bounds you want.
That is exactly what I wanted. Thank you very much