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Old May 21, 2004, 12:56 PM   #1
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Can someone provide a brief description of this tool, what it does, and how and when to use it?

I have seen numerous photos posted in which the user stated that he/she use Gaussian blur. I just discovered last night that Paint Shop Pro 8 has this feature available but I don't know what to do with it.

I am trying very hard to learn how use the tools I have available both in the camera and editor. I am finally learning how to read a histogram and make adjustment based on it. The results are amazing.

I only have about 273 other tools to learn! :? :?
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Old May 21, 2004, 2:15 PM   #2
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The nice thing about working with tools on yur computer, is that you can pplay around without losing anything.

I cannot tell you how this tool works. Apparently, depending on the setting, it lowers contrast between groups of pixels.

One nice use of this is to blur a background and leave your foreground sharp or the other way around.

It's not an anti-noise tool, althougyh at the lowest setting, it can even be used for that.

Have fun, play around!

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Old May 21, 2004, 3:37 PM   #3
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FYI

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...gaussian.shtml

... It's also use for portrait to smooth out the skin, ie you duplicate a layer 1st -> Gaussian Blur it -> and then go back with the eraser tool to remove the blur from areas you want to remain sharp like eyes, lips,hairlines... etc , this is the simplest, but there's others:

http://www.shanzcan.com/photoshopmam...tutorial1.html
http://www.outdooreyes.com/photo38.php3

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ahh....NHL....you beat me to it...

that tutorial on luminous landscape was used on my shot of the early morning river.....was used for the photo challenge...and i think it's in the landscape section too....
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... and here's some neat trick: sharpen the picture by blurring it! :-):-):-)

http://www.chromecow.com/howtos/diff/Difference_03.htm
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