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How to produce best curved graphic with photo and transparency.

Hi experts,

I am not happy with the quality of the circle surrounding this photo (it looks pixellated) and am wondering how to make a better job of it.  

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The graphic is to go on a web page and the areas surrounding the circle must be transparent.

I made this gif by creating the circles in Fireworks 8 at 72 ppi (perhaps an error here?) and then pasting the photo inside (also at 72px).

Should I have done both at a larger res (eg 300ppi) and then somehow reduced the size?

I have access to Fireworks 8, Photoshop CS2 and Publisher.

(I could not find Fireworks in the EE topics list so have used more general topics.)

Any help much appreciated.

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Yes, it is much better.  In fact it is more than good enough, the odd pixel here and there isn't a problem.

I just have to work out how you did it (I am a noob with Photoshop really).  Your explanation could hardly be more clear, so I'lll go in and try a few things.