Feathering a selection in Paint Shop Pro allows you to take the background from an image leaving you with a soft blended edge around the selection you have chosen. This effect is great for achieving professional magazine type images. A lot of professional photographers use this effect with their portraits. This effect is called a faded edge effect. This tutorial was done using Paint Shop Pro version 7 but all other versions of Paint Shop Pro will achieve the same effect.
In the tutorial below we have used a photograph of my sister Tanya.
Lets get started with our Paint Shop Pro tutorial for Faded Edge Effect.
Open the image in Paint Shop Pro that you will be working with.
We first need to create a new raster layer to our image. To do this click on (Layers>New Raster Layer) in the top toolbar.
Because I wanted to achieve the faded effect around image and not just an oval edge I used the “Free Hand tool” and had selection type set to “Point to Point” and feather set to 50. The size of feather depends on the size of your image, e.g. – if your image is smaller use a smaller feather, if your image is larger use a larger feather.
With the above setting selected, click around the area you want feathered (or faded) ending where you began. You should now see running ants around your image. You should have noticed that the running ants went wider than what you had originally selected. This is because of the feather setting we selected. Because we set the feather at 50 the running ants went 50 pixel’s wider than what we selected.
Now click on (Selections<invert) in the top toolbar. This will move the running ants.
There is just one more step to this tutorial. Simply click on (Flood Fill) and fill the selection with a color of your choice by clicking anywhere within the selection. I chose white to blend in with my background.
That is it! Don’t forget to save your image before closing it.