Effective Silhouetting in
Blurring Selection Edges
When Combining Layers and Images
copyright 2006 by Tracy Marks
page 2, continued from previous
- In order
blend edges so your selection appears to belong on its new background,
you will have to flatten layers or at least merge two layers together.
If you wish to preserve your two separate layers for future use:
each layer by dragging it to the new layer button. You will now have a layer 1 copy and background
layers so your layer 1
copy is atop your background
copy, and you have
a two-layer duplicate of your original two layers.
- turn the
eye off your original two layers
- On your
layer 1 copy with the duplicate of your source object, control
click the thumbnail to reselect your object.
- Use the
arrow on the layers palette, and choose merge layers. Your
will now merge into the layer below it. You now have a flattened copy
of your image on your top layer, with your source object selected.
into the edge of your object.
- Choose select, modify, border and create a
border which encompasses the edge of the selection and its
background. For a low resolution image, try a border of 2. For a higher
resolution image, try 4. (An even number border makes more sense, as it
can grab equally from the selection and outlying area).
- Go to filter, blur, gaussian blur and blur the
border. Try the same number you choose for the border size.
- Use control h to hide the edges.
- View your
image as actual pixels (as you would see it on screen) or print size,
if you intend to print it (use view
- If your
border is too blurry, undo one step, and blur again with a smaller size
- SAVE your