Adding a background

We can add a colourful background in order to provide more visual impact

The white background was just a

E stand-in to enable us to see the effect of the layer mask.We can replace it with a better image, such as this.This is not a photo or a painting, but a 3D render produced using some special focus rendering effect.

The render is dragged into the main

Photoshop illustration document by dragging its layer from the Layers palette and dropping it over the image. Placed below the masked layer we can see the edges of the original background more clearly.

B 3 | We decide to go with a creative effect to solve this problem - blurring them until they are unnoticeable. Before we do that we remove as much of the white as possible using an eraser.The layer is duplicated and the mask is applied to the layer by dragging it over to the trash beforehand.

ENext we load the layer mask as a selection,and then use the Selection > Feather command and a large value (about 60) to smooth the selection.Then we shrink it by 20 pixels using the Selection > Modify > Shrink command.

Discard or apply?

When you discard a mask by dragging it to the trash, you are prompted to discard or apply the mask. Choosing the option to Apply cuts away the masked pixels before the mask is deleted.

Trash layers

Any layer element can be deleted by dragging it to the trash can icon at the bottom of the palette.

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