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how to get a glow around objects (or blend them)?

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I'm just looking to figure out how to get my text and objects from another layer to "glow", as shown here. http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a329/ ... ter_v2.png

That, or blend a picture from another layer into the background layer so it looks like the picture just...melts away into the background at the edges....if you know what I'm saying?

I'm trying to make a birthday card for my fiancee, and am pretty new to paint.NET.

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If you put the text on a new layer, you can use the Glow plugin which should be located under Effects --> Photo --> Glow.

I think you may misunderstand me...this doesn't seem to change my text all that much. I'm kind of looking to get a glowing nimbus that surrounds the text, not makes the actual letters lighter. Is there a plug-in for this?

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Okay, I'm trying to use these two tutorials to see what I can come up with....but I MAY require additional assistance, lol.

I'm trying to make the mask layer for the fade to transparency, and it's REALLY confusing...cause I want it to fade into the large picture that I'm using as a background. Hopefully I can figure it out.

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When you say it fades to white,

some possibilities come to mind-

Be sure Mix Alpha is checked.

Save as PNG, not JPG.

Be sure that the white default background

has been deleted before starting.

If you work on the image you want to have fade-edged on its

own layer above the background layer all should be good.

Once it looks right and is positioned correctly, it can be merged

down onto the background and saved.

If none of this helps, maybe you could post some links to screenshots.

Just upload them to ImageShack and copy/paste the Direct Links.


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