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How to feather

I know I am repeating myself but to explain why this page was made,  at the request of friends who like my style of imagery I do not refer to them as photographs any more since with the additions I often add in my opinion they cease to be only photographs more like hybrids so I refer to them as images.   There is an introduction page and I suggest you read it as it will give an insight into how I work.  Anyone STARTING here to read these tutorials is advised to read the first page explaining why they were made

 pages those who use programmes other than PaintShop Pro you will need to translate what I am saying into what you would do in your own programme

Although there is a command for smoothing the edges, you can also do it manually using the feather command. a method I prefer.  what I do is to extract the object I want and paste it as a new image then using the ERASER TOOL and or the PUSH TOOL  I tidy up the edges of the new image

Then use your Magic Wand and click on the empty space around your object and  Feather it selection by between 2-3 pixels  or 12-12 pixels (this depends on the size of your object).
This command is under SELECTIONS / MODIFY / FEATHER. . Then, press the Delete key several of times, I repeat SEVERAL times
 It should smooth the edges of your selection
 If you are not happy try using the ERASER or PUSH brushes on the area still needing fixed and repeat the feathering procedure.

 

 

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Feathering softens the area between a selection and the rest of the image by gradually increasing the transparency of the pixels along the edge of the selection. You can specify the width of the feathered area.

Perhaps I should stress again that if you are going to work with LAYERS every layer other than the background needs to be in a format which supports transparent areas, now  JPG or JPEG image do not

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In this tutorial I will try and explain how to improve the appearance of your LAYERS..

 

 

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If you compare the first view of the Frangipani flower you may notice that there is a dark line round  some petals often a clue to the fact that the image has been "Doctored" but this is gone in the second.  This is done by a combination of using the ERASE and/or the PUSH brushes I mentioned and feathering.

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So that is the story of feathering at least my way of doing it.

Another thing that can be done with layers after you have altered them is to duplicate them, this saves you having to repeat any work you have done .  Right click on the selected LAYER and the click on duplicate  this creates a duplicate right on top of the original on so drag it where you want it, flip it, resize it your original stays where it was.  Think of all the time saved if you had converted this and added a little red or blue to the leaves and had to repeat all the work,

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You can also hide a LAYER if you want to see what your composition looks like without it.
Select the LAYER and click the lower of the two boxes on the left hand side of the icon
Clicking it again will restore it


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I know that most of you will probably heard of PaintShop Pro but because your friends use Photoshop you either have it or tried it and found it so complicated you could not master it.   I know I had problems with it and I used to write in Delphi and  Object Pascal  which are the same as   C++  and C++Builder   it is no wonder that people the word over are making money out of running training sessions for Light room etc.

 

If you are interested in trying an alternative to Photoshop perhaps you should give Photo Shop Pro a try  Clicking on the image below will take you to a 30 day trial Page.      Please note I get nothing if you use it or not it not an affixation programme just a satisfied user

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There are many tools which can be used just to improve the look of photographs , it is not only for manipulating them 

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I have used PaintShop Pro to add lots of colour into one section of this photo taken on a really hot hazy day ,   Haze all gone and colours snappy
I could have done it a bit less or even more but thought this would show the difference,  There are presets to allow you to fix most photos with only one click.
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