Refine and Retain Selections with Masks and Channels (continued)

6 Back in the Channels palette, click the box to the left of the composite RGB channel to return your view to the original image.

Notice how the new selection is loaded in the exact same location as before, but with a smoother path.

O Click the right Mode button to view the QuickMask.

The high-quality, gradational selection edges you see in this QuickMask view compare favorably with the original anti-aliased edge shown in the earlier section, "Get a Good View with QuickMasks."

Now any edits that you might perform on this selection will be applied in a very gradual — therefore visually pleasing — manner, along the edge of the selection. This prevents any abrupt, obvious transitions.

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