1. Michael Lee

    Wonderful article. Simple steps and yet effective. Thank you!

  2. Duda

    And if I like an Ellipse border to be gaded?

  3. Todd Welch

    Works great if you want white but I want to keep the black background and fade the image into black.


    • Create another layer, fill it with black, and set it to be the background layer.

    • Mapache

      Just change the bg color

  4. Mel

    thank you! thank you! thank you!

  5. af

    7 years later, still very helpful! Thanks


  6. It was helpful, thank you.

  7. Adi Inbar

    This didn't quite work for me. I found that if I select the image, then invert the selection, then feather, the feathering applies only to areas outside the image. Applying "Feather" after inverting the selection makes the selection boundaries draw away from the image (toward the inside of the inverted selection). Then, the fading applied by "Delete" applies only (or mostly) to the area outside, and barely touches the image.

    However, applying "Feather" before inverting the selection works:

    1. Select the image. *
    2. While the image is selected, apply Select -> Feather. The selection boundary draws inward toward the center of the image.
    3. Invert the selection. The area outside the image and the image's edges are selected.
    4. Press "Delete". That fades the edges if the image, which are now within the inverted selection. Pressing "Delete" multiple times fades the edges even more.

    * It's worth pointing out that if you have an irregularly shaped image surrounded by whitespace, you can select the image by selecting the white area around the image with the magic wand, then inverting the selection, enclosing the image. After that, proceed to the remaining steps: apply "Feather" while the image is selected, invert the selection again, and then hit "Delete".


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