This is a close up of a Pokémon (Teddiursa):

Image of Teddiursa

How do I achieve this same effect in GIMP- i.e. a line that is kind of blurry on the edges? I'm sure there's a term for this, and I'm sure there is a really easy solution- I'm just not sure what to google.

Note: I may have asked this on the wrong site (I just searched image in the bar and this site came up). If I did, feel free to redirect me to where I should ask!

Thanks in advance!

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    $\begingroup$ @MarcusMüller "Short answers, should be answers" and this is definitely the answer :) $\endgroup$
    – A_A
    Oct 15, 2016 at 11:00
  • $\begingroup$ @A_A done; will delete the comment $\endgroup$ Oct 15, 2016 at 11:13
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    $\begingroup$ @MarcusMüller, no problem, there was no urgency. Have been doing this too but have started questioning this practice because it doesn't "close" questions gracefully...then I spotted the post by Oli, so I thought i'd mention it $\endgroup$
    – A_A
    Oct 15, 2016 at 11:19

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It's called anti-aliasing and happens when you low-pass filter your signal (image) and then decimate it (scale it down). Hence, the way to get this is take a large picture with sharp edges, and image->scale image, using anything but "None" as method. Alternatively, blur filter (==low pass) or selective blur will also do.

  • $\begingroup$ I agree wih A_A $\endgroup$
    – msm
    Oct 15, 2016 at 11:08

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