Photoshop Tips for beginners – How to Design Feathered Edges in Photoshop

This tutorial explains how to create soft edges in an image in Photoshop so that it blends into the background 

1. Copy the original picture:
Copy the image so is still the original, and the copy job.

2. Consider the final size:
Before leaving crop the image enough background so you can feather the edges.

3. Touch the picture:
Erase areas in the background that distract from the quality of the image with the rubber seal or retouching tool. Adjust the contrast and brightness, if necessary.

4. Select the area you want pen:

Use one of the selection tools to highlight the area you want feathers. The picture on the left shows the rectangular marquee tool being selected. Use this tool to square or rectangular boundaries, or the oval tool framework for rounded edges or the Lasso tool to images of strange shapes (the Lasso tool is just below the marquee tool).

5. Make a even border :

To highlight its border evenly on all sides become the rule and measure the same number in the directory of numbers in both width and height. The right image is set to inches and the border is set to 3/10 of an inch at each corner. Its border can be more or less.

6: Choose background color:

You will be copying the image and pasting it onto another background but first you need to set the background color of the new image. The background color needs to be the same as the color of the page you are going to paste it on, i.e., you need to chose a black background for a black page.

7. Choose the background color:
You will copy the image and paste it into another fund, but first you need to set the background color of the new image. The background color should be the same as the color of the page to be pasted into, that is, you have to choose a black background for a black page.

Click the bottom tool and choose the preferred color by clicking a color in the palette, or if you prefer to use a color that is not listed in the Color Pallet can enter another hexadecimal code for the color. If you want to match the bottom of the page use the dropper to get the hex color of the background and type in that number.

8. Pen image:

Now, back to the highlighted image and choose “select / feather” from the menu and then choose a range of 4-12 pixels to determine the width of the feathered edge. You can not see a change, but only proceeding to the next step.

9. Copy and paste image

Now choose “Edit / Copy” and “new.” Photoshop automatically opens a new box size image that you copied. Be sure to specify the background color. Now choose “Edit / Paste” and the image of pen should appear in the box that just opened.

10. Save the new image
Select “edit / save” and is now on unless you want to “edit / copy / paste” the feathered image into another image. The finished image as it appears on a black background appears below:


Photoshop Tips for beginners – Combine images with text

Photoshop is an easy to use and very difficult to master, but help is at hand with our complete list of tips, tricks and software solutions for the showpiece of the player. Whether you are looking for tips on using layers, the advice in the domain of the Pen tool, a guide to the use of RAW, or ways to improve his brushwork. Most of these tips were originally published in the magazine Practical Photoshop


There is a very easy to superimpose one image on top of the text way. Drop an image layer on a text layer and then hold down the Alt key and click the line between the two layers in the Layers panel to crop the image to text.

Masking techniques in photoshop

I will try to describe you regarding how to  use masking techniques in photoshop.

Step-1 :

Make a duplicate layer of the image. This way the original is preserved on the background and we are working on a duplicated layer. Choose Select>Color Range from the Menu. When the Color Range Dialog box open, choose the Left Eye Dropper tool and click on the background color in the image window (pink). You will see the selected color turn white in the dialog box. More the Fuzziness slider until the image is mostly black and the background is a clean as you can get it. Tip: To add a color to the selection click on the eyedropper tool with the plus sign and click in the image. Click ok

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Step-2 :

With the selection active, switch to the Channels palette. Click the save selection as channel button, it’s the second one to the left on the bottom of the channels palette. A new alpha channel will now be visible. Press “Ctrl/Cmd+D” to Deselect and click on Alpha 1 in the channels palette. The main window will now turn black and white. The advantage of using a channel is the ability to fine tune the selection without effecting the original image. Black represents the areas that we want to keep and white, the areas to be discarded.

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Step : 3

Notice that there are areas of gray, these would be semi-transparent and need to become solid black and white (except for areas that should be semi transparent such as soft edges). There are tiny dots also visible, there will make for a very messy selection. Here is a quick solution that I have come up with: Click Image>Adjustments>Levels..
In the levels Dialog box, click the black point slider on the left and drag it to the right until the gray areas have become a solid black, Slide the White point slider to the left until the whites are nice and clean and the grainy effect has gone. Click ok to apply.

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Step-4 :

Time to fine tune the mask. Choose a black brush and make the edge hard. Paint over all the areas that belong in the object to mask out. Use a larger brush for large areas and a smaller brush for finer detail such as around the feathers. Use a white paint color to paint out the areas that should be removed.

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Step-5 :

Sometimes it can be hard to guess which part of the image belongs in the foreground and a peek at the original image is needed.  Click on eye icon to the left of RGB at the top of the Channels palette (Fig 5). The original photo is now visible and the mask appears as a reddish color. Click the eye icon to go back to the mask view. The mask can also be hidden by toggling the eye (visibility icon). Keep going until you have a clean mask.

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Step-6 :

Hold Cmd(Ctrl PC) and click on the Alpha 1 thumbnail. You will now see an active selection. Click on RGB to see the color image. Open the layers palette. Select the working layer and press the Delete key (Backspace on Windows). The masked area of the backround will now be removed to reveal a nice clean masking effect.  At this point In am only worried about removing the pink background on the left.


Step-7 :

If there are areas that still need to be removes such as on the right side of this image, repeat the proceeding steps. Because each image is unique, some will need several passes and some can be done in a single pass. As you can see, this technique is very effective and the image can be dropped onto any background. Look at the top left of the image to see how precise the cut out is on the detailed feathers.

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we’re going to look at one of the most essential features in all of Photoshop – layer masks.

Photoshop : Free Plugin For Dealing With Grids


Take a moment and think about creating a multi-column grid in a Photoshop comp. Some designers just estimate and drag guides arbitrarily onto the stage. Others draw vector shapes, duplicate them to represent columns, then stretch them to fit their design.

How to calculate grid (formula) :

(siteWidth – (gutterWidth × (numberOfColumns – 1) ) ÷ numberOfColumns = columnWidth


Designing a site that needs multiple columns and gutters? GuideGuide has your back.

photoshop grid




GuideGuide makes finding the midpoint of items within your design a breeze. Simply draw a selection or  + click (ctrlclick on Windows) to create a selection around the item you want to find the midpoint of. To find its midpoint, click one of the midpoint buttons.

photoshop midpoint


GuideGuide places a guide at the midpoint of the selection. Now you can easily center align elements under the original item.


  1. Make a selection the width of your site
  2. Enter your info, thinking of the columns field as the number of navigation items and the gutter field as the space you want between each item (if you want it).


  1.  + click (ctrl + click on Windows) the item to make a selection around it.
  2. Enter a negative margin in one of GuideGuide’s margin fields, and click the icon next to it. GuideGuide will fill that value into all the margin fields.
  3. Use the newly placed guides to draw your box.


Using GuideGuide’s explicit row height, you can easily create a baseline grid for your design.

  1. Enter your desired line height in the row height field.
  2. Align your type and other elements to your new baseline grid.