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I'm trying to use a Gaussian blur on an image, but I don't want it to effect the edges of the image. How can I do this? I'm using Adobe Fireworks.

Here's the image I am using:
the image

And here's what I did:
what I did

See how the Gaussian blur effects the edges? I don't want that.

I'm trying to create an effect like this:
desired effect

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Create a selection before applying the blur...

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If you want soft edges on the blurred area, draw your marquee and set the edge to feather before selecting a blur radius. . – user20650 Mar 12 '14 at 7:58

If you want to avoid editing the source image itself but create the same effect, add a grayscale mask by grouping the image with a vector object (using rectangle tool) that is filled white and placed on top.

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