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    Those of you who know me may know that I'm a big advocate of keeping things as simple as I can possibly get them, especially as it pertains to graphic work (which I don't have a lot of skill in.) So when I find something this easy to do, I just have to share it. Over the next few posts, you will see how easy this truly is.

    To demonstrate this concept, I have selected a photograph of our friend transio (whether he likes it or not, he's guest-starring in my stuff). This is the picture we're going to start with:
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    Step 1: Select the portion of the image you wish to keep.

    We're going to need the rectangular marquee tool for this next step. Select the Rectangular Marquee from the Toolbar, and set the Feather property to at least 10 pixels. In the example I have shown, the Feather property is set to 15 pixels. The depth of the Feather property in pixels will determine the depth of the fade itself (the higher the number is, the more gradual the fadeout will be).

    Again using the toolbar, set your background colour to white (or any other light colour) in order to provide a colour to fade out too. Try not to use dark colours because they tend not to fade out as well.

    Using the Rectangular Marquee tool, select the portion of the image that you wish to keep. You should end up with something that looks like the image below:
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    Step 2: Select the Inverse

    You will notice that the corners of the rectangular marquee are rounded as opposed to being square as they usually are. This is due to the adjustment of the Feather property and is completely normal. As you can see, I have selected white for my background colour as well.

    The next step is to select the Inverse of your selection (either via Alt-Ctrl-I or "Select-->Inverse" from the menu bar at the top.) You will get an image that looks something like this (note: my screen capture tool wouldn't pick up the inverse selection when I selected the range, so I had to use the whole window):
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    Step 3: The Cut

    "And now the easiest part of any coach's job: the cuts." -- Homer Simpson

    To isolate your picture to the selected area, use the Cut tool (either Ctrl-X or Edit-->Cut from the menu bar). When you have done so, you will see the faded edges appear in your picture. The only thing that remains to be done is to use the Canvas Size tool (Image-->Canvas Size from the menu bar) to eliminate the excess white space that you don't want to keep. You should have an image resembling the following when you're done:
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    Note: this technique doesn't work quite as well if any of the edges that you select correspond to an edge of the original picture itself. I've found that resizing the canvas 10-15 pixels from the outside edge seems to get around this problem quite nicely.
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    HAH ! Make it sepia tone and you could pass it off as an early 1900s portrait

    Good work, Game... glad to see you're taking interest in graphics !! Not sure if I'm glad about being your guinnea pig, though !

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    You were your own guinea pig. I wanted experience. You don't just use some rookie who's never done it before!

    Thanks for the kind words and your unwitting guineapigerosity.
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    Very cool thanks...

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    You're welcome!
    If I've helped you out in any way, please pay it forward. My wife and I are walking for Autism Speaks. Please donate, and thanks.

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    yes u have to love the ease of photoshop
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