How to blur the edges of a photo: Do you want to embellish some photos by applying an original gradient edge to them but you are not yet very familiar with the programs for retouching photos? Do not worry. With GIMPone of the best free graphics programs available for Windows (and not only), you can do this in a nutshell without having to deal with complicated settings.
All you need for fade a photo with GIMP it’s a nice digital photo, the GIMP program and a bit of whimsy. Five minutes of free time should be enough to get more than satisfactory results. Do not you think? Well, try it yourself and then you tell me.
First, you need to download and install GIMP on your computer. Then connect to the GIMP website and click on the item Download GIMP 2.6.11 to download the program to your PC. When the download is complete, double-click on it to open the file you just downloaded (gimp-2.6.11-i686-setup-1.exe) and, in the window that opens, first click on Next twice in a row and then on Install now And Finish to complete the installation process and start GIMP.
To start fade a photo with GIMPclick on the item You open of the menu File (in the central window of the program), navigate to the folder where the photo you want to blur the edges is stored and open the image by making a simple double click on it.
Once the photo is loaded, you can access the tool that will allow you to apply the edge blur to the image by selecting the item Decorative> Jagged edge from the menu Filters of the central window of GIMP (the one in which the photo is open).
In the window that opens, set the color you want the soft edge to have by clicking on the small white rectangle next to the item Color. Then adjust the thickness of the border, setting the number you prefer in the field Edge size (the value 16 default should be fine in most cases), make sure there is a check mark next to the entry Blur edge and click the OK button to apply the filter.
After a few seconds of loading, an updated version of the original photo will open complete with a gradient border of the color and size you set. If you do not want to create a second image (not recommended if you want to completely undo the changes) but you want to apply your border directly on the original photo, remove the check mark from the item Work on a copy before clicking OK.
You can also fade a photo with GIMP applying a nice shadow effect to the inner corners of the border. To do this, select the item Decorative> Jagged edge from the menu Filters and, in the window that opens, adjust everything as seen above, making sure to put the check mark next to the item Add shadow. Now, click on the button OK and in a matter of seconds you will get a gradient photo complete with shadows.
To save the result, select the item Save as from the menu File. In the window that opens, type the name you want to assign to the photo in the field First name and click on the button Save to complete the operation