3 easy ways to remove edge fringes in Photoshop. Halo removal on cutout edges.


After you cut out or mask an image in Photoshop, it’s common to have black or white fringes or just jaggy around the edges. Here I’ll show you 3 ways to get rid of them. Make sure to watch the video if you can because it has a lot more tips and detail than these written instruction.


When you make the cutout, you should do it with a layer mask, don’t erase the background. (How to cut out an image in Photoshop)

Click on the layer mask.

Method 1 (Use levels to clean a mask edge in Photoshop)

Step 1

Click on the layer mask.

Step 2

Press Ctrl/Cmd+ for Levels

Take the black slider on the left and move it towards the right until the edge is nice and clean.

Method 2 (Minimum filter)

Step 1

Click on the layer mask.

Step 2


Step 3.

Increase the radius until the edge is clean.

See the video for more details on this including when to use Maximum and what square vs rounded does.

Method 3 (Selectively clean the edge in Photoshop)

The other methods are global, meaning all the edge is adjusted at once.
This 3rd method is a local method, so you can paint away your edges where you want. This is a good option when hair is part of the selection. The other 2 methods will make loose hair disappear, this will let you save it.

Step 1

Ctrl/Cmd + Click on the layer mask to load the selection.

Step 2

Choose Select>Modify>Contract

Contract Selection by 1 pixel

This will shrink the selection

Step 3

Choose Select>Modify>Feather enter a setting of 1.

Step 4

Press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+I to inverse the selection

Now everything outside the image is selected with a single pixel on the inside of the image edge.

Step 5

Choose Black as the foreground color (Press D key)

Select the brush tool for the toolbox.

Choose a soft edge, 100% opacity and normal mode

Step 6

Click on the layer mask

Press Cmd/Ctrl+H to hide the selection (On mac it might ask if you want to hide Photoshop or extras. Choose extras)

Pain on the edges and watch the edge halos disappear!


I hope you enjoyed this week’s tutorial and you are now able to make those edges look nice. Look around, there are a lot of useful tutorials here at the CAFE and I make a new one every week.


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