How to get same effect in Photoshop as AA's Assistant Plugin on Paint.net

Community Beginner ,
Apr 02, 2022 Apr 02, 2022

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I just want to know how to get that same nice subtle little blur around the edges of my images that the AA's Assistant plugin gives when using Paint.net.

 

I'm sure it has to be a piece of cake in Photoshop. Does anybody know how one would achieve the same effect? Click the hyperlink above to see exactly what the AA's Assistant plugin does.

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 03, 2022 Apr 03, 2022
@Kitsune8  Presuming that the subject is isolated on a layer above the background, you could look into Layer > Matting > Defringe or Remove Black/White Matte commands. Additionally, with the subject selected you could use Select > Modify > Border: 1px and then Select > Modify > Expand: 1px and apply a minor feather and minor blur.

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Apr 03, 2022 Apr 03, 2022

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A plain Feather can be applied to a Layer Mask via the Properties Panel. 

If you want to maintain editability for further editing then instead of using a straight-up Layer Mask you can use a Smart Object, apply the corresponding Filters and Adjustments andn use the SO as the basis of a Clipping Maskor a Knockout Layer. 

Naturally you can apply the same destructively on a Layer Mask. 

Screenshot 2022-04-03 at 17.16.11.pngScreenshot 2022-04-03 at 17.17.34.png

 

But maybe you should look into Select and Mask more. 

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Apr 03, 2022 Apr 03, 2022

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Is there any way for this explanation to be broken-down and simplified?

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Apr 03, 2022 Apr 03, 2022

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Non-destructive Feather: 

Screenshot 2022-04-04 at 08.10.05.png

Filters on a Layer Mask: 

Screenshot 2022-04-04 at 08.11.04.pngScreenshot 2022-04-04 at 08.11.19.png

Select and Mask (with »Decontamiate Colors« checked): 

Screenshot 2022-04-04 at 08.13.39.png

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Post extra result with rafined hair if it's going to work on raven feathers 😉

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@Kitsune8 

Presuming that the subject is isolated on a layer above the background, you could look into Layer > Matting > Defringe or Remove Black/White Matte commands.

 

Additionally, with the subject selected you could use Select > Modify > Border: 1px and then Select > Modify > Expand: 1px and apply a minor feather and minor blur.

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