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Why is it so hard (impossible) to get a crisp edge?

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Jul 19, 2019

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For example, I create a circle selection, I then modify selection for a border.  I then fill that selection area with a color but the color bleeds out from the selected area.

It wouldn't bleed out of just the circle (or any) selection.  Why can't it behave properly in the border selection? 

Then one goes to find videos on how to fix blurry edges and it's an "easy!" 52 step process that is overwhelming, if it even does the job.  Isn't this part of what

design software should be doing?

I need to make large, 300 px per inch resolution image with rings in it that doesn't look faded at the edges.  Tell me, is that even possible?

I'm just baffled and too frustrated to work anymore on this right now but in case my headache goes away and I calm down a bit, I'll check back... in a couple of months.  Scrap this project for now.

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I need to make large, 300 px per inch resolution image with rings in it that doesn't look faded at the edges.  Tell me, is that even possible?

Try this:

  1. Open your picture file. This will be the Background layer
  2. Open a blank layer above this - Layer 1
  3. Activate the Elliptical Marquee tool. Hold down the Shift key and drag out a circle..
  4. Open a blank layer above this -  Layer 2
  5. Go to Edit menu>Stroke (outline) selection. In the dialog, place stroke inside, width try 10 px

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Why is it so hard (impossible) to get a crisp edge?

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For example, I create a circle selection, I then modify selection for a border.  I then fill that selection area with a color but the color bleeds out from the selected area.

It wouldn't bleed out of just the circle (or any) selection.  Why can't it behave properly in the border selection? 

Then one goes to find videos on how to fix blurry edges and it's an "easy!" 52 step process that is overwhelming, if it even does the job.  Isn't this part of what

design software should be doing?

I need to make large, 300 px per inch resolution image with rings in it that doesn't look faded at the edges.  Tell me, is that even possible?

I'm just baffled and too frustrated to work anymore on this right now but in case my headache goes away and I calm down a bit, I'll check back... in a couple of months.  Scrap this project for now.

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Correct answer by hatstead | Adobe Community Professional

DarcyElements  wrote

I need to make large, 300 px per inch resolution image with rings in it that doesn't look faded at the edges.  Tell me, is that even possible?

Try this:

  1. Open your picture file. This will be the Background layer
  2. Open a blank layer above this - Layer 1
  3. Activate the Elliptical Marquee tool. Hold down the Shift key and drag out a circle..
  4. Open a blank layer above this -  Layer 2
  5. Go to Edit menu>Stroke (outline) selection. In the dialog, place stroke inside, width try 10 px

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If you come back, can you post a screenshot of what you are talking about.  Is it possible that you are using a feathered brush to make your selection?

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DarcyElements  wrote

I need to make large, 300 px per inch resolution image with rings in it that doesn't look faded at the edges.  Tell me, is that even possible?

Try this:

  1. Open your picture file. This will be the Background layer
  2. Open a blank layer above this - Layer 1
  3. Activate the Elliptical Marquee tool. Hold down the Shift key and drag out a circle..
  4. Open a blank layer above this -  Layer 2
  5. Go to Edit menu>Stroke (outline) selection. In the dialog, place stroke inside, width try 10 px

ring.jpg

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