Please download and install the following Plug-ins (if you haven't already acquired them) by clicking on the link:
OK, let's begin:
1) Create a new layer
2) Select the color which you wish to work with (we're using blue - if it wasn't obvious)
3) Select the "Elipse" Tool
4) Set it to "Draw Filled Shape"
Next, go to the canvas, and somewhere near the top, click and simultaneously press the "Shift" key and while still holding the mouse key in, drag it down until you are satisfied with the diameter of the circle.
Next, from the "Effects" menu, select "Align Object"
With the dialogue box displayed,
1) Click on the center button (see diagram below)
2) Next, click "OK"
Select the magic wand and then click somewhere on our (blue) circle
With our circle still selected
1) Click on "Add New Layer"
1a) You should see the addition of your next layer
1) Next, flip the colors your working on by clicking on the double arrows as indicated below
2) Next Select the "Gradient" tool
3) Use the "Radial Gradient"
4a-4b) Go to the canvas and click and drag as indicated below
1) Over on the "Layers" panel, double-click on our working layer to bring up the layer's "Layer Property" dialogue box (illustrated below as step 2 - next)
2) From the pulldown menu under "Mode", select "Multiply" and then click the "OK" button.
1a) Merge the layer down by clicking on the button indicated below
1b) Your result
1) Next, from the "Effects" > "Object" menu, select "Feather" (dialogue box image has been pasted into the illustration below - use default setting)
and click "OK".
2) From the "Effects" > "Object" menu, select "AA's Assistant" (my personal preference is to set the sliders all the way up - again, the dialogue box image has been pasted into the illustration below) and click "OK"
1) Next, create another new layer as we did previously (as shown below 1a-1b)
2) Again, select the "Elipse" tool (no need to adjust the top - paint.net uses last setting)
3a - 3b) Go to the canvas and draw 2 circles (either round or eliptical)
Next go to the menus under "Effects" > "Blur" and select "Gausian Blur"
On the slider use a "Radius" value that suits you
Next go to the menus under "Effects" > "Distort" and select "Polar Inversion"
1a - 1b) From the resulting dialogue box, open the menu under "Edge behavior" and select "Clamp"
2) Set the "Amount" to your taste (Note: slide to the left to get a negative value - needed - and adjust until you're satisfied with the size of the center hole)
Note: Recommended to do "Layer 2" first
Do the same next for "Layer 3"
Next, go to the menus again under "Effects" > "Blur" and select "Radial Blur"
From the resulting dialogue box, set the "Angle" according to your taste (and optionally, you can set adjust the "Quality") - The value below in the illustration is set at 33.69
Next, merge your layers down and you're done!
Edited by jim100361, 15 January 2012 - 07:31 PM.