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I am trying to create a diffused gradually shaded area in an image.

the attached pic. suggests what i am trying.

can anyone please advise me what tools to use in paint.net to achieve this?


PS I need a simple solution, need not be very professional grade. thanks.


Edited by br945
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Make a new (transparent) layer above your background image.

Add blobs of dark color to the areas that you want to be darker parts of the gradient.

(Use the Paintbrush tool with a fairly large brush size.)

Apply Gaussian blur at a high radius.

70 to 80 radius would be a good range for this image size.

Press F4 and adjust the Opacity slider until it looks right to you.

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