apply effect at canvas bounds

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Mar 01, 2022 Mar 01, 2022

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I have what should be a common problem: To feather a selection, but NOT have it apply to the canvas bounds. For example, most often I make a rectangular selection to alter the balance between sky and foreground. I choose a rectanglar selection feathering X pixels. when I apply it, it effectively vignettes the selection. Today I got closer, finding a Google post that steered me to a checkbox: "Modify>apply effect to canvas bounds." But it didn't work. It's greyed out if I have a pixel value at the top, and turns on if I delete the value - but then has no place to insert a value. 

Pleas help. "Apply effect to canvas bounds" affirms this is a recognized need, so I must be missing an obvious solution.

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Mar 01, 2022 Mar 01, 2022

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You can make your selection with no feathering applied and then go to Select>Modify>Feather and uncheck Apply Effect at Canvas Bounds.

 

 

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Mar 01, 2022 Mar 01, 2022

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Thanks, Jeff, for your prompt response. Wonderful! Works! I"ve been looking for this off and on for years. I knew there had to be a checkbox for it. 

Thanks, also, mj.

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Mar 01, 2022 Mar 01, 2022

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Mark a correct answer if that helped 😉

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Mar 01, 2022 Mar 01, 2022

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Hi @Dale5FD9 ,

 

Go with @Jeff Arola 's suggestion.

 

An alternate solution is to work with quick mask ask and paint a soft edge in where you'd like it using an airbrush type brush.

 

Let us know how you go

mj

 

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Mar 02, 2022 Mar 02, 2022

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Thanks again, Jeff and jm. What I need to know now is how to make a suggestion to Adobe for this tool to be instantly accessible, on the main page next to the feather size slider. I find the suggestions for improvement tool to be equally recondite, esoteric, abstruse and arcane. Usually there’s a feedback tab with a text box. Here we’re pushed to search after search.

Happy post-processing…

dfm

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