Re: PhotoShop Advice - Easing Up Edges
Knowing what this is, and what the source is would help. It looks like something that was scanned in low resolution, or printed from a slightly textured paper, which makes it bitmappy. I spent many years working for newspapers, where we would try to work with poor quality logos that were sent. When you scanned from a business card (many business cards are printed on poor quality card stock) you often got this problem.
You can get out the lighter edge by going into Image/Adjustments/Threshhold. That will cause every pixel to be either black or white, but you still have the jagged edges. The best solution to that, is to make a new layer, and trace over the entire design with the pen tool. That will give you a vector shape, which will not be bitmappy, as long as you are in HIGH RESOLUTION. 300-600 dpi. You might be able to make a selection and then smooth the selection and fill, but it might also alter some of the shapes.
Feathering will give you soft edge, not harden the edges that are there, Thresholding will. I hope that helps.