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3.3.9 The Border Function

The Border command, found in the Image:Select menu, replaces a selection with just those pixels within a specified radius of the selection edge. Thus, this function creates a selection of the border around the previous selection's edge. This command is a combination of the two functions Shrink and Grow. In particular, if A represents the set of selected pixels obtained by applying Grow to a selection and B represents the set obtained by applying Shrink, Border produces the set that could otherwise be obtained by doing A-B (see Section  3.2 for more on combining selections). The width of the border is specified by the border dialog.

Figure  3.16(a)

  
Figure 3.16: The Effect of Border
Figure 3.16

illustrates an image with a selection, and Figure  3.16(c) shows the result of applying Border. The value chosen for the border is shown in the associated dialog, illustrated in Figure  3.16(b). Note that the dialog contains a menu that allows the border width to be specified in a variety of different units. The default unit is pixels.

Border is particularly useful for refining selection edges. An example of using Border is presented in Section  7.4.

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