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#1 jake2k

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 12:20 AM

Someone requested this tut and I figured it wouldn't take long, and it didn't, so here it is.

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Plugins: Align Object, Color Filter (optional) - Added by EER

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1- On a blank canvas make your base shape, I used a rounded rectangle, and use the Align Object effect to center it one the page. (You dont really have to center it if you dont want to)

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2- Make the same shape but a little smaller in white on a new layer and cut it leaving only the top half, then select the gradient tool Posted Image and switch it too linear :LinearGradient: transparency mode :AlphaChannel: . Now right click near the bottom of the shape and drag it towards the top like in the picture, you can repeat this action a couple times until your happy with the result.

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3- Make an inner outline of the first shape on a new layer.

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4- With the lasso select tool :LassoTool: select half of the outline.

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5- Now select the gradient tool again but instead of the linear gradient use the radial gradient Posted Image , left click on the top left edge and drag towards another edge until you get the desired effect.

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6- Make a new layer above your base shape layer and add your logo/text/whatever.

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This next couple of step shows you how to add some color to a white shape so if your logo is already the color you want then you can skip them.

7- If your logo is white then you can easily add color by using the color filter effect plugin. Then if you want you can duplicate that layer and make it a darker color and use the gradient tool (radial, transparency mode) to remove some of that layer then flatten the two layers, this will give your logo a nice effect.

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8- Duplicate your logo layer again and use gaussian blur :GaussianBlur: on a low setting then drop down the opacity on that layer.

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This pic shows the layers and the opacity settings for each one.


And here's your result:


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You can add drop shadows, reflections, maybe a little glow effect, just experiment and have fun!
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#2 RyuinfinityPDN

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 01:13 AM

Nice tut! Just hurry up and make one for your tech sigs!
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#3 Grizzle

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 01:55 AM

Nice tutorial!
And I'm guessing that that someone would be me, who requested this tut? :roll:
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#4 KonArtist

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 02:35 AM

Elegant as always, another great tutorial by jake2k.
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#5 LJXD

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 07:07 AM

I love these sorts of tuts Great work. :D
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#6 Olli

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 07:56 AM

Awesome Jake!
Well after the icon contest, could you make a tut like from the shapes and such? All those plastic/glass is awesome!
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#7 Tendou

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 08:58 AM

Nice tut! Just hurry up and make one for your tech sigs!

Exactly!
But thanks anyway.
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#8 thejester24

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 02:55 AM

I cant even get past step 2. Using right click is no different from using left click in transparency mode. The gradient doesnt change the the square's color in anyway. and if i try it in color mode the whole canvas turns white.

Edit: I just found a lot of other stuff that you left out. any guy whos been using pdn for a while like me would have realized that your supposed to do the things that you left out, but what about the newbies who don't know. It's a really great avatar but not so great tut. :wink:
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[Second Attempt]
[First Attempt]

Private: Commander
Commander: Yes Private
Private: Permission to fire Sir
Commander: Permission granted
BANG BANG BANG!!!


#9 Dalton

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 03:34 AM

I'm sorry jake, but I'd have to say this isn't your... best tutorial..
(Seems a bit simple for you.)
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#10 jerkfight

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 03:52 AM

Nice tut! Just hurry up and make one for your tech sigs!

Yes please :)
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#11 jake2k

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 03:56 AM

Yes it is simple, the only reason I made it was because someone requested it and it was an quick and easy tut to make.

@thejester24: It does make a difference, when you right click and drag it will make that point the transparent point and fade to solid and when you left click it does the opposite. I didn't think I left anything out but if you have found something then please let me know and I'll add it if I think it needs it ;)

And thanks to all the people who liked my tutorial :mrgreen: I promise I'll get that other tut started soon just keep buggin me until I do it haha
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#12 SCRN

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 04:49 AM

Very nice, I'll be trying this very soon
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Posted 06 July 2008 - 05:57 AM

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#14 jake2k

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 06:35 AM

I don't understand how to make this any tut any easier to understand, in all the steps I show which layer is selected and I thought I described it enough for most to understand. I'm just gonna make video tuts from now on... well as soon as I get my new computer that is :lol:
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#15 rwp80

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 11:04 AM

Great tutorial! Very clear and the images helped a lot, too. :D

I got tired of the boring windows user button (everyone chooses the chessboard, dont they?). So, I used this tutorial to make my own user button:

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Thanks for this!
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#16 thejester24

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 02:48 PM

I don't know. After trying a whole bunch of different methods to get the result i came out with this.

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[Second Attempt]
[First Attempt]

Private: Commander
Commander: Yes Private
Private: Permission to fire Sir
Commander: Permission granted
BANG BANG BANG!!!


#17 Klaatu

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 06:48 PM

:shock: That really does look awesome.

Unfortunately I am a complete noob (only stumbled upon Paint.Net recently). And I am afraid to say I can't even get to step 2 either :(.
Dunno if this is the place to ask questions like this, but I really want to try this out. My problem is this:
After having created a 2nd layer with a copy of the top half (only a bit smaller), and after having applied the transparency to this new layer... how do I go about "adding" this transparency to the 1st layer (the original black rectangle?). All I get is 2 layers. When viewing both layers all I see is the 1st one (the original black rectangle). The transparency from the 2nd one isn't applied at all.

Sorry about being such a moron - I'm sure it's something simple. Hope you don't mind enlightening me?
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#18 thejester24

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 03:36 AM

pretty much the same problem i had. The fading white gradient doesn't appear at the top of the half square. All i did was just use a gradient in color mode. i used white as my primary and transparent as my secondary and tried that when the half square was selected using the magic wand.
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[Second Attempt]
[First Attempt]

Private: Commander
Commander: Yes Private
Private: Permission to fire Sir
Commander: Permission granted
BANG BANG BANG!!!


#19 LightBladez

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 03:58 AM

Ugh it didnt work for me, when i use the gradient it doesnt appear at the top of my shape. Does it have to be a rectangle or something? Because I used a oval =/
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#20 jake2k

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 05:05 AM

I added a new pic in the second step so hopefully that will help.
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