Tips & Tricks to Master Masks In Photoshop | Dave Cross
TIP 9. LIVE FEATHERING
If you need to end up with a soft-edged mask, you could make a selection, add feathering and then turn that into a mask. However, you’d then be very limited on how much you could edit the softness of the mask edge. Instead, make a selection and turn it into a mask. Then go to the Properties panel and use the Feather slider to change the softness of the mask edge. This has two distinct advantages over a feathered selection: It’s a better way to visually see the effects of feathering, and it’s non-destructive. This means that you can choose a feather amount, complete multiple steps and then return to change the feather setting if necessary.
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