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#1 Hazmaninan-devil

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 09:42 PM

My first Tutorial, please be gentle ^^
First of all, You might wanna have BoltBait Polygon/Stars and Zoom Blur Deluxe plug-ins installed. And also some runic/magical symbols fonts as well, you can find them by just googling "Runic Symbols font". Here's one of the fonts I used (The only one I remember where I got it from :P)

Anyway, let's get started!

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1. It's easier to position the circle if the canvas is a square.
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2. Use the bucket to fill the background black.
3. Add new Layer
4. Using the circle-drawing tool, Hold the Shift button and drag the mouse to make a perfect circle.
Alternative 4. Go to "Effects">"Render">"Polygon/Stars...", Max out the vertices. then use radial blur to make it smoother.
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5. Add new layer.
6. Go to "Effects">"Render">"Polygon/Stars...", Don't be concerned with perfectly fitting the polygon/star to the circle right now. Just make sure it's the right size for now, and choose the shape that looks best.
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7. Add a new Layer (You don't have to add new ones if you don't want to, I just find it easier to work with.)
8. Create two perfect circles, one inside the other using shift + drag, to create a crescent moon.
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9. I played aroun with the star depth and verticies until I got something close to a sun.
10. Circle-select the "sun" and use the "move selected pixels" tool to drag it to the other side opposite the moon. Rotate it using the right-click mouse drag to rotate and align it to the pattern of the overall circle.
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11. Add new layer
12. Write anything using the runic/magic symbols font, Here I wrote "Solara"
13. Rectangle-select the text, drag, and rotate.
14. That's pretty much the basic patterns, just experiment with different symbols, shapes, stars, and circles.
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15. After step 14, you might get something like this.
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16. Add some glow to each layer. To make it more fun, try playing around with the glow parameters differently for each layer.
17. Use the "Merge Layer down" button on the history window to flatten all layers except for the black background.
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18. Go to Layer>Rotate/Zoom, use the globe or the "twist radius" button-thingy to put the circle at an angle; like it's on the ground.
19. Duplicate layer
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20. Go to Effects>noise>Median Blur, and slide on these numbers. (on the bottom layer only!)
MC_12.png
21. Go to Adjustments> Levels and slide the middle output cursor all the way down.
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22. Go to Effects>Blur>Zoom Blur Deluxe and give'em one of those ^
hmmm, still something missing...
AHA!
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23. Hehe, I almost forgot. Use glow on the top layer thusly.
24. That's it! You should have this \/ as your finished product ^^
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Hope you enjoyed it C:


Edited by Ego Eram Reputo, 19 November 2013 - 01:54 AM.
Added link to Zoom Blur Deluxe

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#2 Blooper

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 09:46 PM

Nice!
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Posted 02 November 2007 - 10:03 PM

neat! I saw this at the pdn fan forums and wowee! :D
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#4 Hazmaninan-devil

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 10:18 PM

Thank you ^^
Glad you liked it :D
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#5 aguba

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 10:31 PM

Cool. Looks really good.
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#6 Volt

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 10:31 PM

This looks pretty cool. I'm going to try it out right now. :)
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Posted 02 November 2007 - 11:19 PM

Good job :D
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 12:42 AM

Awesome. It's kinda like a alchemy transmutation circle. I've gotta try this.
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 12:54 AM

I like the last few steps. :)
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 01:26 AM

Here's my try: You can see that my Glow paramaters changed the outside of the circle.

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#11 El Che Garcia

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 01:32 AM

Man, that is freaking sweet. Best tut ever.
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 01:39 AM

Where do you put the text download to use it?

Great tut by the way!
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 01:55 AM

Where do you put the text download to use it?

Great tut by the way!


Once you extract the file, you have to move it to the 'Fonts' folder on your computer.
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 02:01 AM

This is cool. Yup.
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 02:02 AM

Where do you put the text download to use it?

Great tut by the way!


Once you extract the file, you have to move it to the 'Fonts' folder on your computer.

I'm not good at finding files... so, where would that be?
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 02:33 AM

Where do you put the text download to use it?

Great tut by the way!


Once you extract the file, you have to move it to the 'Fonts' folder on your computer.

I'm not good at finding files... so, where would that be?


Ok. Go to the Start Menu, click 'Control Panel', click 'Appearance and Themes', to the left it should have a little icon with the word 'Fonts' next to it, click on that and drag the file there.
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 05:11 AM

WOW this is really cool i like this :shock: :D
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 05:28 AM

Damn! Thats a nice effect, makes me want to watch Fullmetal Alchemist again.

When I actually try to start my RPG Maker XP project, I'll definitely use this for one of the later boss battles.
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 05:33 AM

Very nice! :)
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 05:52 AM

Ooo... pretty.

Very nice, I will certainly be using this (or some variation of this) in the future!
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