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rich2005
Hi folks,

Graphics newbie here...  

I would like to make part of an image blurry or unreadable.  I have photos of an
automobile and I would like to blur the license plate prior to posting online.

I wasn't sure of the proper terminology so my searches didn't yield anything
obvious to me.

Can I create a layer first?  Then do I make a rectangular selection and do
something to that selection?

Any guidance is welcome...!

Many thanks in advance.....

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rich2005
>Hi folks,
>
>Graphics newbie here...  
>
>I would like to make part of an image blurry or unreadable.  I have
>photos of an automobile and I would like to blur the license plate
>prior to posting online.
>
>I wasn't sure of the proper terminology so my searches didn't yield
>anything obvious to me.
>
>Can I create a layer first?  Then do I make a rectangular selection
>and do something to that selection?
>
>Any guidance is welcome...!
>
>Many thanks in advance.....

The main thing is work with copies so that the original images are not damaged.

Going onto the web - so jpeg or png format. Then why use layers?

examples: http://i.imgur.com/Uxrlg0Q.jpg

All sorts of ways, quickest is use the smudge tool and a suitable size brush (1)

Want it tidier? A couple of suggestions. Make a selection and blur; Filters ->  
Blur -> Gaussian blur (2)

or

Make a selection and pixelise Filters -> Blur -> Pixelise (3)

rich: www.gimp-forum.net

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