Help! Feather or Fade Image Edges

I am working with a rectangular photo image and want to fade all edges. I have tried the Vignette tool in CorelDraw X4 and the Feather tool in PhotoPaint. The image overlays another graphic (not a solid color) and I want it to cleanly fade over this layer. The end result of both attempts appears to be beveled or contoured instead of flat. 

How do I correct this undesired result?

Thank you.

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  • Select image.

    Edit in PhotoPaint

    Open Object Docker. If object read Background, convert it to an object/layer. There is a button to convert.

    Right click object ion in Object Docker and create a Clip Mask that will show all.

    Apply Gaussian Blur to taste.

    Combine ClipMask by right clicking the ClipMask icon in the Object Docker.


  • Other idea: You can use the interactive Transparency Tool. First, choose "square" and "edit transparency" (the first icon in the Propierty bar). You will see the Gradient menu. Change "black" to "white", and "white" to "black". Now, you can move manually and adjust your effect


  • In reply to Ariel:

    Michael -

    Thank you so much for your help. I had tried the Gaussian effect and the Interactive Transparency, but I did try them again with your outline to see if I missed something.

    The transparency tool works as you have illustrated above, but I am still getting a beveled appearance around the edges. I see it in your illustration above also. This banding is not going to work with my client. I already showed this to him. Any other way to deal with this? It seems the Vignette tool was the best in older versions of Corel (started with Version 3 over 15 years ago). However, this effect also causes excessive banding and an embossed/contoured result after applied.

  • In reply to Windward:

    Sorry Ariel

    I left your name off the greeting in the previous response.


  • In reply to Windward:

    From Corel Draw, click on Edit Bitmap so that it opens in Photo Paint.

    Click on the object and go to Mask/Create/Mask from Object

    Then click on Mask/Mask Outline/Feather, you can set the feather amount from here

    After that, go to Mask/Mask Outline/Smooth, here set the smooth radius

    Right click on the object in the object docker and click on Create Clip Mask/From Mask

    Then click save to update the image in Corel Draw, this should then give you a nice smooth feather :)



    [edited by: Andy Carolan at 19:39 (GMT -5) on Mon, Apr 6 2009]
  • In reply to Andy Carolan:

    Thanks Andy, that works great.