6 Replies Latest reply on Aug 2, 2007 5:44 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Feathering doesnt work

    hygieneboy
      I am trying to feather a jpg image. After reading the instructions on how to do this, it was very easy. Only problem is, the picture did not feather. Im using the select tool, drawing a box around the picture, selecting feather, etc, etc. But nothing happens to the picture.

      Any suggestions???
        • 1. Re: Feathering doesnt work
          Level 7
          hygieneboy wrote:
          > I am trying to feather a jpg image. After reading the instructions on how to
          > do this, it was very easy. Only problem is, the picture did not feather. Im
          > using the select tool, drawing a box around the picture, selecting feather,
          > etc, etc. But nothing happens to the picture.
          >
          > Any suggestions???
          >

          Feathering a bitmap selection only softens the selection edge itself,
          not the bitmap.

          Draw a rectangle VECTOR shape smaller than your jpeg object. Fill it
          with white. Feather the shape. Select both objects and go to MODIFY >
          MASK > GROUP AS MASK.

          This will give you a feathered edge which is always editable and
          non-destructive to the image if saved as an FW PNG file.



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          • 2. Re: Feathering doesnt work
            hygieneboy Level 1
            Im still cannot get it to work. Am I supposed to draw this shape on top of the picture I want to feather, or to the side?
            • 3. Re: Feathering doesnt work
              Level 7
              hygieneboy wrote:
              > Im still cannot get it to work. Am I supposed to draw this shape on top of the picture I want to feather, or to the side?

              Watch this:

              http://www.newmediaservices.ca/jim_babbage/demos/feathered_mask.htm

              HTH

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              • 4. Re: Feathering doesnt work
                hygieneboy Level 1
                I got it!!!!! Thank you so much. I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. I was trying to select feather from the Select menu. Then is was telling me to use the marquee tool to select my area. For some reason it did not work that way.

                Thanks again.
                • 5. Re: Feathering doesnt work
                  JoeDaSilva Level 4
                  You *can* do it the way you were first trying, if I recall. Just select the bitmap, then choose your marquee too. Draw a shape around the area to feather, then run the feather command from the select menu.

                  The way Jim suggests in much better though, as it doesn't permanently feather the bitmap.
                  • 6. Re: Feathering doesnt work
                    Level 7
                    hygieneboy wrote:
                    > I got it!!!!! Thank you so much. I finally figured out what I was doing
                    > wrong. I was trying to select feather from the Select menu. Then is was
                    > telling me to use the marquee tool to select my area. For some reason it did
                    > not work that way.
                    >
                    > Thanks again.
                    >
                    You're welcome. Both methods (bitmap selection or vector mask - or
                    even a bitmap mask) will work, but the masking doesn't do any permanent
                    damage.

                    Glad I could help. :-)

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