How to crop an image in the shape of a circle and fade the edges in Photoshop 7.0

Can someone tell me how to change the cropping tool into a circle or some other shape and then how to make the edges fade or soft.
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RartemassLife CoachCommented:
Click and hold the marque tool until the fly-out menu appears.
You can select the elliptical marque tool to select in a circle.
On the toolbar you should see a Feather option. Enter a value (say 15px).
Select the area and copy the selection. Paste onto a new layer.

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Laballa1Author Commented:
Perfect! Thanks.
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