For my own personal usage of GIMP, I am having a major problem with 2.8.
…However, it seems that it definitely seems as though this problem is unique to my own settings of GIMP 2.6, as everybody seems to insist that this given effect works identically for them in 2.8 as it did back in 2.6.
Be that as it may, this situation is very important for me because I use it all the time…and now I cannot achieve the effect in my GIMP 2.8! So this is very bad for me.
First, let me just show the effect:
The effect I’m describing was applied to the photo of Luke Skywalker, there.
The effect was also applied to this photo, as I needed to cut out the background behind my head, but I did not want the area around my head to then look all jagged and fake:
So, how were these smooth perimeters achieved for me in GIMP 2.6? I did this a billion times:
1) Make the Selection
2) Feather the Selection the desired amount
NOTE: The “marching ants” selection did not deform in any way at this stage. It 100% retained its structure when the Feathering was applied. Again, this was just for me in my GIMP 2.6.
3) Delete the Selection’s inverse.
That’s all. Then, you had a perfectly smooth, gradual transition between the foreground and the (now deleted) background. See the results in the Luke Skywalker picture and the little headshot.
But now…things behave radically different for me in GIMP 2.8. Most importantly: I cannot achieve this incredibly important effect! (I can go over edges with a fuzzy eraser, but this is both too time-consuming and very imprecise.)
What happens now? Well, in the first place, when I have a Selection, and then I go Feather > Selection, the “marching ants” deform into a smoothed out version of the Selection:
Secondly, as shown above, when I then delete the Selection’s inverse, the actual gradient/blur applied is…much less effective. It doesn’t seem to actually blur, but rather it just fades out its Opacity:
I started a thread about this at GimpForums. The first two replies indicated that, for these users, the behavior I describe from the Feathering in 2.8 was, for them, exactly the same as 2.6! So it seems that I somehow altered my settings in 2.6 and it behaved differently than for others.
Be that as it may…I personally really need my 2.8 to behave as described at the top, the same way it behaved in my own 2.6.
Does anybody know how I can now achieve the effect described above, as shown in the photo of Luke Skywalker and in my headshot?