moderate skill levels.
It seems very long as I've put in many pictures of even basic steps.
I will say this you must already know how to add plugins and how to add layers, merge layers, and use the move pixels tools. Selecting and deselecting items and layers. You will also use a gradiant so if you need to brush up on that F1 while you are in the paint.net program should direct you to the appropriate section for a quick review.
Much of this has been covered in other tuts but I see some of you are still having trouble translating what you learned in one tut to another application. . .
long list of plugins (some are in pkgs)
Align Object (also available in this plugin pack KrisVDM's Plugin Pack
Outline Object (incluced in Pyrochilds pkg)
Curves+ (incluced in Pyrochilds pkg)
Random Mazes (incluced in MadJik's pkg)
Buttons (incluced in MadJik's pkg)
The sword blade is done in three sections
a) bottom blade
d) the langet is the piece that keeps the blade from slipping thru the scabbard
e) two piece handgurard
so lets get you started
start with a 800 x 1200 transparent canvas (lost already? your screen opened with a white canvas! at a different size.
so that takes care of the size problem
now just add a layer, the button looks like this and then highlight the white layer and hit the little x button . you should now have that checkerboard background.
A --- Bottom Blade
draw a blue line brush width 45 90Degrees 8 inches long.
watch the side ruler on the left start at 4" mark and go down to the 12" mark.
align that across the page. (Horizontal only)
I zoomed in to 500% just to see this real clear.
zoom ??? well look up top of screen see those magnifying glasses with the drop down box.
Use the rectangle select tool and draw your self a selection box down near the bottom of your blue line.
by using the right button on your mouse you can rotate that box
pay attention to the two end points I indicated on this picture below . they need to be outside of the blue line
after you have it lined up properly use the sissors and get rid of that portion of the blue line
you can do both sides using the same method
my hands are not the steadiest so I like to use the mirror plugin
next we give that blade an edge using the outline plugin by Pyrochild.
I use this one here as it has an angle adjustment.
this next portion turning it to metal was from the tut by ASH. He used an oval but it is good
on any shape.
it is a basic must learn..... for shiny metal! so I'll repeat it here using a different
shape than what ASH used. (for those that follow my pictures I used this also in the coins)
conditional hue change as I've marked on the picture below.
then change it to black and white
in the tut by ASH he used brightness and contrast
on this sword I'd like you to use Curves+
bottom blade is now done
B -- Top Blade
make a duplicate layer of that bottom blade
click the move pixels tool hold shift key down and drag the top corner inwards.
roughly align it over top of the bottom blade you can adjust a bit in next step
I'll tell you what to watch for
C -- Engraving decoration top layer
rotate your entire image for this step
at this point recheck you alignment and move around decrease sizea bit more etc if required
add a transparent layer and type your text.
in this example I've used wingdings2 as most people have that on their computors
this is alternate "g""h" I typed it in yellow different colors give different results
this is because of the curves steps I do latter. so for now use these colors
watch where you start and end it should be centred on the top blade and not
go past the beginning and end of the top blade.
outline this text
and change it to black and white
rotate your layer back 90 degrees counter clockwise
I found it wasn't shiny enough so I added more curves+
the blade is now complete you can merge all three layers together
D -- Langet
add a transparent layer
and select a rectangle around the top portion
make sure you cover that join of the two blades.
fill with a linear gradiant.
deselect that rectangle now and then outline this gradiant (make sure you don't use black or gray or white)
I used brown here. You want to be able to select this outline next step.
change tolerance to 0
wand the outline section only(the brown)
and bevel this selection
E --- Handguard
set your colors to red primary and secondary blue
add a transparent layer
bucket fill the layer with blue
run the maze1 plugin at these settings (make sure you uncheck the square maze box!)
its metal folks so we better run the conditional hue plug in same as doing the blade above
remeber its changing the fade vertical and the slider under hue range.
see the little thumb up the top of this next picture you want it something like this
doesn't have to be exact.
run shape 3d on this layer at the settings marked in the picture below
don't forget to uncheck the light box
add another transparent layer
bucket fill with blue
run the maze 1 plug in same settings as last time.
you forget those settings look up two pictures ago
got it? (quantity 92 margin 68 uncheck square maze)
this time you need to run the 3d shape back to back on the same layer
first time at the settings on the left giving a circle (those are all default except change the light box)
on this same layer run 3d shape again change the full sphere to half sphere
and change as the picture on the right
so you have two pieces for the hand guard move them as shown
the round portion goes tucked in behind the curved hand guard piece.
merge these two together
change it to metal (adjustments>black and white)
adjust the contrast black and white if you so desire.
F -- Handle
add a transparent layer
use selection oval
and fill with gradiant two tones red
darker at top.
use the duplicate layer button and make 3 more (4 total)
now drag the layers down one after another so you look like you have
handgrips . then merge them together
clik anywhere outside the handle on a transparent part with the move pixels tool
and drag that handle in size porportion to the sword blade
the handle layer now gets moved down
see over on the right in this picture
it shows the layers top one is handleguard, next one down is the langet, one below that
is the blade your handle you just made should be on the bottom
[center] G --- Decorations and bling
once again add a transparent layer
buttons ---- poor man's diamonds
plugin settings as in picture (default size just change the colors add a text
if you want...this example I left plain)
you are making three of the same thing
using move pixel tool resize and position as picture shows
resize and save as .png
Edited by oma, 01 February 2011 - 12:21 AM.