On Monday, August 13, 2007 10:32:54 pm Jürgen Hubert wrote:
> A minor annoyance I had to deal with is when I am attempting
> to use blur effects on layers with transparent areas - instead
> of assuming that the transparent areas have no color worth
> blurring at all, GIMP seems to assume that they are black for
> the purpose of the blurring algorithm - which can cause some
> rather ugly side effects.
> To see what I am talking about, start with a new image with a
> white background. Create a new, transparent layer, and place a
> pure white object on it (such as a white circle). Now apply
> any blur function to it.
> What you will see are some gray boundary areas around your
> white object, depending on what parameters you used for the
> blur effect.

That's not what I see. I started with a white background layer, 
added a transparent layer, created a circular selection, filled 
it with white, deselected the area, and used Gaussian blurring 
with a radius of 20. It behaved as it should, spreading out the 
pixels and gradually blending them to the transparent areas of 
the layer without affecting the color. The only way it becomes 
visible is if I toggle the visibility of the background layer.

> Now in _my_ opinion, what ideally _should_ happen is that you
> see nothing at all in this case - the white of the object
> should be a bit more spread out with a greater graduation of
> the object's transparency in the boundary areas, but there
> shouldn't be any discolorations.
> Is there some way to achieve this with GIMP?

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