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Old 25th October 2011, 03:48am
Lissa
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
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Photoshop: How to Smooth Jagged Edges

I am posting the following tut with the steps of how I now do it as I (as usual lol) tend to go my own way...for most of the settings you can fiddle around with them until you get the outcome you desire, this is just a basic outline of a simple smooth edges tut

My tut was written and screenshot in CS3, I suppose it will be similar steps for most version of PS but cannot say for sure, not having used any other version lol




Make sure your image is selected, then contract the selection by 2 pixels (sometimes you can get away with contracting by just a single pixel)



Click on Channels tab, then Create New Channel



Now you'll see the image entirely black with the selection active...Edit>>Fill>>Choose White







Deselect

Filter>>Blur>>Gausian Blur

Use betweeb 2-3 or thereabouts here, mine is on 3.1





Image>>Adjustments>>Levels



Bring the end point sliders in towards the center till you are happy you have a smooth edge, click Ok



Down on the Channels Tab, click Load Channel as Selection



Click on your Layers Tab, add new layer

Keep selection active and flood fill with black

Deselect and move layer under your original image, clip the original image to your new smooth layer (Create Clipping Mask)



Merge Visible and there you have it...(hopefully lol) a nice smooth graphic

With some graphics when you do this process it can smooth out/remove areas you don't want removed, In this example you can see that the inner points of the flower where it almost meets into the middle have been smoothed to a rounded look, in most cases it doesn't take much to fix this, clone brush, new flood fill layer with a color matching your original piece, etc...just play around until you are both satisfied with the overall look and the quality of the piece.



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