> I am playing around with an image and am trying to get the > middle portion of an image to blend/fade at the edges. In the layer's palette, you want to use the mask tool. It's the little circle inside the square (second one over in PS7). Select your beach layer and then click that button. Once you click this, you will see a another palette thumbnail appear next to your layer (should be white). Make sure you select that thumbnail (you can tell because your colors on the toolbox should go to black and white). Now, everywhere you paint black will be hidden, everywhere you paint white will be shown. Grays in between create an alpha transparency. The easiest way to do what you want is to use the gradient tool. I suggest using the one which allows you to go from background to foreground to background again. Start on at the top of the picture, click and drag to the bottom (holding shift to get a straight gradient). Voila! If you don't like how it falls off, you can change all aspects of the blacks and white (like any other layer), as well as transform the layer as a whole. For instance, you can change the brightness of the entire layer (the mask one-- just black and white) to increase the overall alpha of the mask. Make sense? Have fun! -Daniel The information transmitted in this e-mail is intended only for the addressee and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any interception, review, retransmission, dissemination, or other use of, or taking of any action upon this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited by law and may subject them to criminal or civil liability. If you received this communication in error, please contact us immediately at 816.421.6611, and delete the communication from any computer or network system.