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What am I doing wrong with Fade Edge


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First let me say that the after using the product for a while, I have come to realize the amount of effort that has gone into it.   I am a retired software guy that started in the seventies, and has gotten its hands on plenty of languages and platforms, so I have a feeling for it.   At the same time, this implies I am an oldie, with what comes with it.   Thank you to Rick and all other involved on this work.

 

Now, I am trying to fade edges for a collage and I am getting some odd results; it only has an effect on the lower edge.   What am I doing wrong?

 

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Your example is selected.


Will the effect work properly if you deselect first?


Ctrl D is deselect shortcut.

 

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Another possible effect to use is Alpha Blur with Shift In adjusted.

 

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It may be better to use the Gradient to fade the edges.  Here is a video I made that shows How To.   EDIT:  Please read my 2nd post below.

 

When using this method, the steps are:

 

1.  Make the Gradient box transparent.

2.  Click on the right of the mouse to 'anchor' the beginning.

3.  With the left of the mouse 'drag' the nub to move it.

 

 

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Since posting the above, I thought of this:

 

@KrisVDM has, yesterday, updated his plugins, and you may want to update them, as his "Fade" is working fine.  But, as @ardneh says, do not 'select' your image.

 

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The Fade Edge effect fades the edges of the image (the current layer to be precise), not the region that was selected.

 

If you have a selection, all that does is select the portion of the image where the effect is applied, it doesn't change the effect itself.

 

One way to solve this might be that you copy your selection into a new image and apply the effect there, and then copy the result back. Of course, the downside of that would be that you don't see the actual result until you copy the processed image back.

 

I do see the point of what you're trying to do here, and I'll think about a solution. It's not trivial though. Remember that the selection can have any shape you want, not just rectangular, which can make this quite complex in the general case.

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Thank you for the answers.   Are there any control key sequences to lock tool movements like eraser or brush to horizontal and vertical?   or best way to accomplish it?

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