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Hi,

I'm brand-new to PDN, and am impressed with so much of it! The one thing I'm having a hard time getting around is the lack of an outright "Feather Selection" option. I use it all the time in Photoshop, and can't figure out a way to achieve the same thing here.

If you're not familiar with the feature, it basically makes the edges of a selection fuzzy (to whatever degree the user chooses-- in pixels), so you can achieve natural blends between effects or edits.

Also, along the same lines, how do you make the brush fuzzy? I see only a hard-edged option.

Thanks for any help you may have!

-Mark

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I think I see what you've done, and it's quite cool. I can imagine lots of uses for it. It's just that it's not what other programs would call "feather". Instead of feathering a selection, it's feathering the edges of a hole (by a fixed amount) that's already been cut in the layer.

I'm trying to be able to select an area of a layer (with any of the selection tools), then transform the selection by applying "fuzziness" to the selection's edges (not to the actual paint's edges), in varying degrees based on the need. That way, I can then go make an adjustment (like levels, brightness and contrast, etc.), and it will affect the fuzzy area, with the effect becoming less toward the edges of the selection based on how many pixels of fuzziness I asked for.

Also, being able to "feather" the edges of the brush would be useful.

If you aren't familiar with these features, Photoshop has them, as do Gimp and Pixel.

In any case, thanks for the plug-in!

Does anybody know if feathering "a la Photoshop" is a planned feature?

-Mark

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Rick(Lead Developer) is going to tell you that version 3.0 is "Feature Complete" and that he has an enormous backlog of feature requests. The problem with a plugin is that it cannot effect the area outside of a given selection <---I think. With Photoshop's feathering it usually effects the area around the selection as well.

 

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Well, that kind of stinks. I was hoping for something that could replace Photoshop for me. This is certainly an impressive program in its own right... I love the Levels interface, for example.

I guess the problem is that so many of us have different definitions of what would constitute an acceptably scaled-down replacement for our current de facto image editor.

It does seem to me that feathering a selection ought to be a basic feature of any image editor that allows one to select an area... but maybe that's not so for everyone?

Thanks for the help, and of course I do hope PDN gets feathering added to its feature list soon!

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I have just discovered paint.net today as I have to teach a beginners digital photo class starting tomorrow night (adults) and this is the programme they have installed.

I am an experienced photoshop user so I am quickly having to find all the equivalents in paint.net. so I look like I know what I'm talking about!

One of the first things I looked for after I had discovered how to select and the add and subtract from the selection was the 'feather' feature - I would consider this a basic tool which is crucial to good digital manipulation - I am dissapointed to find from reading your thread that there isn't one!! Please consider adding this to your future versions of this otherwise great free programme - it is vital!!!

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It does seem to me that feathering a selection ought to be a basic feature of any image editor that allows one to select an area... but maybe that's not so for everyone?

There's also about a billion other features that are considered "basic features" ... and I only have so much time. One person can only do so much with the free time available.

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