Whenever I put some kind of feather on selection. Or there is some angled selection; there is a noisy type of selection. How to get rid of it? Refer to the link for image please.


  • are you making the selection on a separate layer? this appearance is generally caused by the 'dissolve' layer style instead of the 'normal' layer style
    – Paul Brown
    Feb 10, 2016 at 12:31

1 Answer 1


Given that in your screenshot, you only have the Background layer, I believe that you tried to delete the selection or simply used Edit > Fill ( Same thing in this case ).

You must have had the Fill blending mode as Dissolve, which is causing it to come out like this. The selection is feathered normally, it's just your fill that comes out looking grainy. You'll probably want to use blending mode Normal.

enter image description here

This is not the only place where this can go wrong. Some of the tools have their own blend mode too. Paint bucket tool, for instance. Each layer has their own blend mode setting as well.

  • 3
    Pro tip: I never use the feather option. 1. I make the selection. 2. Then turn Quick mask on with (Q) 3. Apply blur with Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur.... 4. Turn Quick mask off with (Q) ---- I like this, because I can see exactly what the "feathering" looks like, so I don't have to be guessing.
    – Joonas
    Feb 10, 2016 at 12:47
  • Protip: Never say never.... The above comment just isn't always practical. Say budget retouching jobs where you need to do some smoothing without spending hours.
    – Ryan
    Mar 11, 2016 at 14:33
  • 1
    @Ryan I'd say I'm spending less time with this method, because I know the amount of feathering I'm getting, rather than guessing, trying it and guessing again. t has more steps, but it isn't much slower. If speed is a concern, you could make an Action out of that workflow. I 100% stand behind that comment and will continue to say no to the feather option.
    – Joonas
    Mar 11, 2016 at 15:07
  • Although, I'd like to see you try and convince me how the feather option is faster and more practical.
    – Joonas
    Mar 11, 2016 at 15:13
  • 1
    making a video real fast for you to try and prove my point
    – Ryan
    Mar 11, 2016 at 15:27

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.