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    IV Newbie V. Sean River's Avatar
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    I would like to "soften the edges" of photos, making them oval-shaped with blurred or feathered edges.

    Can you tell me how to do this?

    I am using version 3.99 with Vista and just installed the whole plug-in package but do not see that it includes actual filters.

    Thank you.

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    Hi V. Sean River,

    To my knowledge, IrfanView can't do that. You should use an image manipulation program.

    Laurent

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    IV indeed is an editor, not a painter.
    An option to include image manipulation in IV is the use of .8bf plugins.
    Although my Spotlight plugin has a circular shape instead of oval, maybe it's useful in this case.
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    There are some Adobe 8bf filters that offer some kinds of soft-framing. You have to collect them and fool around to find out how much you can get away with.

    I used one called "Daydream" just today to make a blur-edged oval. It took some sneaky trickery, including inverting color before applying the filter and re-inverting after, but the effect was quite satisfactory. All I wanted was a background "watermark" image for a webpage.

    Hmm, so that's where all my time goes...

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