Request: 'Shapes' and 'Alpha Blending' for Spotlight feature

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Request: 'Shapes' and 'Alpha Blending' for Spotlight feature

Post by budz45 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:43 am

Hi,

This is two requests in one but they are both enhancement requests concerning the same Spotlight feature.

I reckon the future Paint tool that will come to XnViewMP would include better support for Shape Selection tools (I reckon :) ). If implemented, this same 'code' could get re-used in other areas of the XnView family.

I have made two mock-up screenshots using the Spotlight feature itself to highlight the two area changes of proposed enhancement.

1.) Shape Selection (for Spotlight)
spotlight-mock1.png
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Normal -------------->this is the standard square selection
Normal (rounded) -------------->standard square selection with rounded corners
Free -------------->free-hand drawing-selection, this may be or may not be a bad idea
Circle -------------->helpful for using on rounder objects in pictures with more detail (e.g. peoples faces)
Oval
Diamond
Triangle


2.) Alpha Blending (for Spotlight)
Alpha Blending will basically add a faded 'blur' effect to the inside of drawn spotlights on pictures. I have used this feature as a default in a screen-capture editing software and it is nice.
spotlight-mock2.png
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edit-fat-cat-istock.jpg
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soft line-blur effect is the alpha blending

Spotlight as a tool is so useful, especially for educational purposes. I am thankful that it is in XnViewMP :)
This is my final request for Spotlight.
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Re: Request: 'Shapes' and 'Alpha Blending' for Spotlight fea

Post by budz45 » Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:08 pm

and Alpha Blending is known as "Blur edge" in the 'Spotlight' feature featured in the editor Faststone Capture 7.9, so Blur Edge might be a more fitting name.
Screen-2014-10-31_16-44.png
Also the 'Spotlight' of Faststone Capture's editor can Greyscale the Background to produce a useful effect which visually draws the user to the spotlighted area:
Screen-2014-10-31_16-45.png
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Re: Request: 'Shapes' and 'Alpha Blending' for Spotlight fea

Post by budz45 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:11 am

Hi,

Paint.NET has a very nice combobox menu of it (see below screenshot):
shape selection in PDN app (example for XnViewMP).png
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