Using Vector masks or layer masks, In photoshop CC, how do I make a custom gradient shape mask or vector mask that has a gradient on one side only? A side that is curved and the gradient should follow the shape's curvature precisely .

below is an example mask enter image description here

Image Samples: My goal is to create a composite of these 2 images enter image description here

Final image should look something like this: enter image description here

the green shade is where blending should be (for a natural finish) enter image description here

  • Hi mike, what program are you using? Image sample?
    – user120647
    Jul 5, 2018 at 14:00
  • Hi Danielillo. I'm using Photoshop CC
    – mike enage
    Jul 5, 2018 at 14:32
  • Ok, you should add it as a tag below your question and delete it from the title. I don't think you are going to get a good answer without an image sample about what do you want to get. As the question is formulated, the solution is to use the same gradient that you have put on the question as a mask.
    – user120647
    Jul 5, 2018 at 14:45
  • I'm having a hard time understanding this question. A mask that has transparency and non transparency? Pretty sure that's just a normal mask. A side that is curved and the gradient should follow the shapes curvature... What shape? - Can you elaborate a little? Maybe try to specify what kind of end result you are after? Or pinpoint exactly what part of making this mask is giving you trouble. Is it maybe that you don't know how to draw a white blurry circle on a black background?
    – Joonas
    Jul 5, 2018 at 14:54
  • I must use the first image as a mask. The black area of the mask will hide the image, the white area will keep the image as it is.
    – LeoNas
    Jul 5, 2018 at 16:09

2 Answers 2


Using your images, I would draw a closed curved path with the Pen tool, turn the path into a selection, apply some feathering, add the layer mask.

enter image description here

  • 1
    Thank you! I was kinda hoping for this alternative. feathering a Vector shape / path
    – mike enage
    Jul 5, 2018 at 16:36

You can define this adjusting the Refine Mask Edge options

  • Background layer

first layer

  • Top layer

second layer

  • Top Layer Mask


  • Double click on the mask to edit the Mask Properties and click on Refine Mask Edge: reduce Shift Edge, change Radius, apply Feather.

Refine Edge

  • 1
    This was what I was looking for. Thank you ! Danielillo
    – mike enage
    Jul 5, 2018 at 16:31

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