1. Copy the original image:Copy the image so you still have the original, and work from the copy.
2. Consider the finished size:Before cropping the image leave enough background so you can feather the edges.
3. Touch up the image:Blot out areas in the background that will distract from the quality of the image with the rubber stamp or smudge tool. Adjust contrast and brightness if needed.
4. Highlight the area you want to feather:
5. Make an even border:
The image of the Nova with the border selected:
6. Chose the background color:
Click on the the background tool and choose the preferred color by either clicking on a color in the color pallet, or if you'd rather use a color not listed in the color pallet you can enter another hex code for the color. If you want to match the background of your page use the eye dropper to get the hex color of your background and then type in that number.
7. Feather the image:Now, go back to the highlighted image and choose "select / feather" in the menu and then choose a radius of 4 to 12 pixels to determine the width of feathered edge. You may not see a change, but just continue to the next step.
8. Copy and paste imageNow choose "edit / copy" and then "new". Photoshop will automatically open a new image box the same size as the one you copied. Make sure you specify the color of the background. Now choose "edit / paste" and the feathered image should show up in the box you just opened.
9. Save the new imageSelect "edit / save" and you're done unless you want to "edit/copy/paste" your feathered image onto another image. The finished image as it appears on a black background appears below:
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