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The No Blur layer takes its place in the Layers palette.

& Click and drag the No Blur layer over the New Layer Icon at the bottom of the Layers palette.

Doing so creates a brand-spanking-new copy of the No Blur layer. This is the layer you're actually going to feather.

* Double-click the No Blur Copy layer in the Layers palette and then use the New Layer dialog box to rename it Blur.

( Press Enter to apply the new name.

The Blur layer joins its kissing cousin (the No Blur layer) in the Layers palette.

) Click the Blur layer (to be sure it is selected) and then choose SelectoLoad Selection.

The Load Selection dialog box makes an appearance.

q In the Load Selection dialog box, choose the 100 Feather Background selection from the Channel drop-down menu, and then click OK to load that channel.

The 100 Feather Background selection you created (in Steps 7 and 8) loads into the Blur layer, creating a feathered (gradational) selection of the background on the Blur layer.

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