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Photoshop - not blending properly


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I am new to Photoshop so forgive me if I have overlooked something but despite using the elipse marquee tool to crop the photo and then masking it before applying the gaussian blur - the original edge of the photo is still faintly visible - see example below - a gift for a Thai friend and her new husband (when I can get it perfect).



I also need to know how to blend just the edges of a photo into a background image. I know this involves 'inversing' before blurring but I can't get the desired effect.

If anyone can help my first problem - fantastic.

Both?

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Unless you get the positioning of the marquee and the blur just right, you can sometimes end up with a sharp edge, especially on dark images. You might also want to use the feather tool instead of guassian blur.

At the moment, it would probably be best to pick a large brush, turn the hardness down to 0% and paint onto the layer mask in question. That way you can blend it out by hand.
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maybe just erase the edges with an eraser with blurred edges and a some opacity? not the most technical answer, but it will do the trick
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maybe just erase the edges with an eraser with blurred edges and a some opacity? not the most technical answer, but it will do the trick
Thats what came to my mind as thats what i usually do. I use the eraser but i use a brush wth blurred edges. I bring down the opacity and the flow as the flow slowly erases instead of erasing instantly on click.
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Never used the eraser tool but will try the feathering first... cheers.

How about my 2nd question?

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I also need to know how to blend just the edges of a photo into a background image. I know this involves 'inversing' before blurring but I can't get the desired effect.
I guess that would solve it because doing the blur the above way the edge of the photo would blend into nothingness (the white check background) before I dragged it onto the image and positioned it.

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You could make a mask of the layer and on the mask put a B&W gradient to soften the edge. That would make the layer blend perfectly.
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use a 300px eraser set to 0% hardness and erase along the spots where you want it to blend in.
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