This is another blog for helping newbie artists with pixelation problems.  (You may want to read my first "Pixelation Problem" blog before reading this one.) 

PROBLEM:  In this blog I am going to talk about pixelated edges that are an unwanted result of digital editing.   If you are starting to experiment with changing backgrounds, HDR, mixing images or making any type of cuts to your image you may have experienced this problem already.  Everything will look good except the edge around the "parts" of your image.

EXAMPLE:  (Cheetah on the Prowl).  I deleted a large section of the background in this image prior to running it through digital post-processing filters to get the unique color effect.  At first glance, the image may appear to look alright.  However, if you are seeing the whole image on your computer screen you are not seeing the image at full size. 

Image 1: View of entire image (not 100%) - image has badly pixelated edges.

 

Image 2: View of the cheetah's chin at 100%  (Badly pixelated edge becomes very noticeable.)

 

SOLUTION:  There will always be many different ways to go about fixing problems.  What I have found so far that works well is to use a "repair", "blend", "smudge" or "blur" tool.  Of course it all depends on the software you are using and what options they provide you with.  You can see in the next image how the edge can be softened by using such a tool.

Image 3: View of the cheetah's chin after softening the edges.

 

There is no set formula that I can give you.  Experiment and see what works best for your particular image.  Sometimes it may take more than one pass with that tool in order to meet your satisfaction.  Just keep experimenting.  Be picky about it, but also have fun doing it!

-EB

Hope this blog has been helpful to you.  

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