Hi Gregory, maybe I can help. I've used PSP and am just learning Photoshop. Just did what I think you want in Photoshop, so let me see if I can "spell it out" for you. . Open an image in Photoshop . make a selection with the Marquee tool, upper right on tool bar, but set its preferences at six or so for Feathering. (after you select the Marquee, you should have access to the preferences in the box to the right, in the same one that has Navigator and Information) . then make sure your colors are set with background=white. An easy way to do this is to click on the tiny squares in the toolbox, that re-sets them as the default colors. . then Inverse your selection. Go to Select (in file menu), hit Inverse and that should do it. Then hit delete. Then Select/Deselect. and Bingo! You could experiment with how much feathering you want to make it look different. hth - I can relate because its all been a "mystery" to me too, until fairly recently. and hope I didn't leave out any steps. Donna Gregory.John.Toland at census.gov wrote: > > Gina, > > Thanks for your response! I actually have both, Photoshop & Paint Shop Pro. I > am a newbie to graphics so I am having trouble following your directions for > Image Composer. Is there an easier way to do this in the other two software > applications? As to Image Composer here is what I did and where I got lost. > > 1. Extended image using the crop utility by 20px on each side of the square > image. Background color is going to be white. > 2. Drew a square 10px inside the extended image (what color was I to fill the > square with?) > 3. Was not sure how to invert. > 4. I know how to blur an image > > I guess I was not sure what color to fill the selection box with? If there is > another way to do this in Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro I would greatly appreciate > any help you can give me. We are going to be doing this to several images so I > wanted to take the time to get this right. > -- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Donna Jones: 207.772.0266 Home Site: http://www.westendwebs.com Have you been to the hunger site ( http://thehungersite.com/ ) today?