This was a fun way to learn about the alpha mask. I still need more practice so the concept will sink in. For this tutorial I decided to combine two masked produced images into one. I found I needed to use the smudge tool a lot. Although it isn't perfect, what's Beavis without Butthead? Anyway, do you know why Beavis (on the right) has a faint remnant halo from the lasso select tool?
Blanco, your eyes must be so much better than mine. I had to stare at the image for about 5 minutes before I could discern the "lasso" remnant.
NOt sure than I can explain why you have the very faint remnant but quite possibly because from the masking the colour is not exactly the same as the white background colour.
I hope someone has a better way of describing it.
Sometimes Gaussian Blur will take care of it. You could try Feather & AA Assistant. I am still coming to grips with the concept myself.
This is what I came up with using parts of this tute:
I love the popout effect. That's a great idea! I've only used rectangles (and one oval) for frames in my several popout images. I think you motivated me to combine SargonIII's mask tutorial in a popout image. (or at least think about whether I'm up to it). Thanks for the tips on the blurring techniques.