Exploring Refine Edge Options in Photoshop
By Stephen Burns
From the Masks palette you were able to access the Refine Edge dialogue box to further make adjustments to any selected mask. This is very useful when you want to control the hardness or the softness of a masked effect. Let’s explore the possibilities.
By default the mask will be previewed against a white background. This will show the mask in its native black and white mode.
Default view of the Refine Edge option with mask against a white background.
Choose the icon to the far right to view the mask as you created it.
Choose the center icon to preview the mask against a black background.
The second icon from the right will show your mask as a Quick mask.
Choose the icon to the far left to view the mask as a selection.
Play with Radius slider. This will help determine drastic the effect will be based on the amount of pixels being affected.
Shift the Contrast slider in both directions and notice how the contrast intensity can effect the sharpness of the mask edges.
Play with the Feather slider to soften the edges of the mask.
Contact and Expand slider will expand or contract the values . Figure 22 shows the mask being expanded and figure 23 displays the mask being contracted.