Modified: 13 September 2009 – Added “Note”.
Super quick tip. A practical example. I’ve been writing Technical Documentation the past weeks, and am processing an awful lot of screenshots. Sometimes they are kind of big and I really only want to focus on one part, but would love to see a fading edge and I crop the images so they don’t take up too much room. Photoshop CS4’s Mask panel helps be produce the desired effect.
Photoshop CS4 makes this a 3 second task… I’m not kidding ! Don’t blink, you might miss them.
Quick Steps 1-2-3
Create a Selection, with the Rectangle Marquee tool, roughly the size you want the final image to be.
Note: If you want to feather the bottom half of an entire screenshot, don’t select the entire canvas. Instead, just select an area that falls a few pixels within the canvas area at the feathering point.
Click Add Pixel Mask in Masks Panel.
Click Mask Edge… The Refine Edge dialog appears.
Play with Feather and Contract/Expand settings (and others if preferred) until you get the edge just right
and you’re done.