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On some blog posts I've seen images where they have a jagged/torn edge to them on one side which gives it a nice effect. I tried to post a crude Paint.Net imitation of what I am looking for:

Jagged Example

The image itself is actually in the black area and the edges are cut off with a bit of a drop shadow. What I'm looking for is possibly a plugin for Paint.Net that would give me a similar effect, or an easy example of how to do this. Since I'm actually a programmer my graphic skills are limited to resizing images and not much else.

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There is no drop-shadow, it is simply anti-aliased. Do you have photoshop? That way you could do it with the "polygonal lasso" tool in a matter of seconds. –  Luuk Nov 15 '11 at 8:19
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As a programmer, you may find TechSmith's snag-it to be a useful tool. This is a screen capture utility, and as such, it has a number of built-in features for cropping and edging images exactly as you describe. The degree of 'jaggedness', fade, drop-shadow etc. is all configurable. The snag-it editor is a decent graphic editing tool, not as capable as paint.net, but certainly completely inter-operable by means of copy-paste or a variety of supported save image formats.

Snag-it is not free software, but it's good value for this and some other effects that facilitate annotating and highlighting parts of an image.

Jagged 1

Jagged 2

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Looks good! I remember using snag-it years ago before WIndows 7 offered the snipping tool. I'll have to check out their new features after all I guess. Thanks! –  digitall Nov 16 '11 at 15:03
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