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Avoid fringes by matching your graphic's matte to its final destination

Added on Thursday 27th of January 2005 12:37 am EST


Adobe Photoshop 7/CS

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


When you place a selection on a new background, you often end up with a fringe of unwanted pixels around its edge. In the accompanying article “Easily remove unwanted halos around your selections” we explained how to adjust the Layer > Matting options to help get rid of this halo effect. However, you can also prevent a halo from forming when you save a selection as an individual JPEG file, and you have a specific destination in mind, such as a web page with a solid background color.

You can accomplish this by adjusting the background matte color in the Save For Web dialog box to match the background color of the graphic’s destination, so the partial transparency of the graphic’s fringe pixels lets the appropriate color bleed through. To do so, open your original image and follow these steps:

1.  Select the graphic you want to isolate. If your image is on the Background layer, convert it to a regular layer by double-clicking on it and clicking OK in the New Layer box before you make your selection.

2.  Choose Select > Inverse to select all of the background portions of the image in which the desired graphic is located, and then press [delete].

3.  Press [command]D ([Ctrl]D in Windows) to deselect everything.