by Julieanne Kost

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July 20, 2012

When working with Layer Masks, the Properties panel can be used to non-destructively soften the edge of the mask enabling it to  be re-edited at a later time. This can be very useful if the size of the original file or even layer needs to be changed in the editing process.

To add a non-destructive feather, select the desired layer mask on the Layers panel. Then, on the Properties panel, adjust the Feather slider as needed. Although this feature was in Photoshop CS5 (via the Masks panel), in Photoshop CS6 the Feather  values support decimal places.

Note: in Photoshop CS6, the Marquee, and Lasso tool’s feather values (in the Options bar), support decimal places as well.


  • By Sandra Hricik - 1:02 PM on July 23, 2012  

    Hello Julie,

    I love your tutorials; your are the best! I could watch your tutorials all day.

    I would like to know, after cropping an image, how to add a different background, and then ‘feather’ the edges to ensure the image looks as though it is part of the newly applied background pattern — not as though it was just cropped and pasted.

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide.

  • By Grayson - 8:48 AM on October 23, 2012  


    After selecting a layer, when I go to the Properties Panel, I get the message, “No Properties.” How do I get the Feather slider?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 3:09 PM on October 23, 2012  

      The feather slider is available when you have a mask selected.

  • By Sagan Internet Marketing - 1:08 PM on August 1, 2013  

    Hmm… I thought I was able to feather a selection as well… has this changed in CS6 or am I thinking of a different feature?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 4:00 AM on August 5, 2013  

      You can still feather a selection using the select menu, but using the Properties panel is nondestructive.