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About Marilynx

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    New Orleans, LA, USA
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    SCD Cooking, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Writing, Image Creation

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  1. Oh. My. Yes, it should. But I think I am going to have to wait until after the Barn Hunt to try to figure out what those directions are telling me to do. My brain is rat-gnawed at the moment, hence the need for a Hunt.
  2. Barn Hunting again. I have about 25 layers for a Barn Hunt course. For printing each layer, I just click the layers on and off and print a page at a time. Obviously, I could do this to PDF. But that would mean 25 PDF files. What I want to do is to print each of the layers as a page within a single PDF file. Is there a way to do that?
  3. Regrettably, I wasn't able to get ClipX to work. It downloaded, and apparently installed just fine. I filled in the options. But it doesn't come up when I'm working, regardless of program. So I did my courses the old-fashioned way, one selection at a time, through all 16 layers of each of five courses. But I thank you for the suggestion.
  4. Like this! The ball is good, and I like the floor under it, too!
  5. Thanks... I will go take a look at ClipX and maybe ask around other places. Was just thinking that if it was integral to PDN and I'd missed it, it would be nice to know.
  6. So, I've sort-of come full circle on my PDN. I found PDN looking for a program with layers in order to do Barn Hunt courses. (Nearly lost my mind.) I now have a really fine template for doing generic courses. I've also done one for our local club which can be distributed to hired judges to make their courses on. I'm going to be doing another one after I get the measurements for a Hunt facility in the north of my state once I get the measurements on that. And I'm doing the courses for our formal practice (not YET a Judge) in a couple weeks. My problem -- I have to set up maps with the rat tube positions for each blind. I have each blind on a separate layer. There are twenty blinds for each level, Novice, Open, Senior, Master. I use the Wand to select the tube symbol (Rat 1) and then go through the layers placing Rat 1 on all the layers. Then I select the next symbol (Rat 2) and repeat. But by the time I get to Rat 3, I'm turning on and off layers so I can see where to position the next one so that it is different from the blind before it and after it. Sometimes I get screwed up and have, say, two #5s on one blind and none on another. And maybe I am working on #6 when I discover it. So I have to go re-select #5, put it in place, then go back and reselect #6, and continue on. In Word, I can turn on the Clipboard, and it will show be a list of the last ten or fifteen items I have copied. I can click on one, and it inserts that text or picture into my document at the point I specify. Can I do something similar in PDN? Can the Clipboard be selected from that way, and maybe I just haven't found it? I attach two clips of a Master and a Senior course showing rat tubes. Note: orange rectangles are ground-level bales, blues are second level bales, and green is third level. Rectangles with arrows are "leaner" bales, angled against another. Light purple are boards placed to support tunnel structures. Each "level" is on a separate layer so I can print construction maps for course builders. I plan to be doing a tutorial for other Barn Hunt course builders to use Paint.Net for their courses. I find it relatively easy, the maps are clear and easy to use, and for those of us who spend all or money on our dogs, PDN's price is definitely right! If anyone is interested in seeing my boy, Harper, run, you can see the videos at Riverstar: which is his first Champion run -- he's searching for an unknown number of rats (as it turned out, there were only two), and must find them, and then tell me he's found them all. (My husband is NOT a videographer, btw!)
  7. Yes, I was looking at the larger images as they posted on here (they're smallish on my laptop) and thinking I needed to AA or feather the edges. I deliberately dimmed the highlight on this -- it's actually white, just dimmed -- because the brighter light didn't look right to me. (I've been sitting here looking at an actual malachite cabochon in different lights). The bright highlight just didn't give the particular effect that I wanted. Keep in mind that these aren't "jewels" as such. Malachite is a copper based mineral. I would be very interested in a tutorial on the uses of Curves. It pops up in so many tutorials, and I like the effects obtained by following the directions in them. But I don't understand what Curves DOES in order to create my own settings. That's one reason it did not occur to me to use Curves on this particular project. But I may go back and tinker with it. I made it a point to keep copies of all my layers so I could go back and try other techniques on them.
  8. Oh, neat.... I must go and try that!
  9. Well, here's my shot at this, taking BarbieQ25's suggestions into consideration. (And being challenged by Eli's version!) In particular, the idea of trimming a section out of the resulting Effects => Render => Clouds, and Effects => Distort => Dents for my stone. The first time I tried it, I couldn't fill my canvas without having overlaps that looked weird. So, I made a very large canvas (3000 x 3000) at 300 dpi, and did the Render => Clouds, and Distort => Dents with dark green (008000) and turquoise (00FAC9). I trimmed out a section that I like and went back to my smaller canvas (1200 x 1200 @ 96 dpi) and pasted it in. Only took a little bit of stretching to get it to fill the canvas with no overlaps. Then I duplicated it and rotated it from horizontal lines to vertical lines (and again did a little stretching to fill the canvas). Then I used Effects => Render => Shape3D to create the stone on each of the two layers. The horizontal versus vertical striping gave very different effects.
  10. Ooh, I like that -- how did you get there?! You are sooo right about it being difficult to get the rich, true "emerald" greens!
  11. Layers are emphatically a friend. Dents are interesting. I'd played with them a little on something else, but hadn't thought of them in conjunction with this. The chief problem is that it's not possible to control the amount of a given color in the clouds. There's too much turquoise.....
  12. In my ongoing series of Talismans, I need some malachite cabochons. ("Malachite" in search and "Images") It's a gorgeous deep green stone with streaks of lighter green or turquoise. I tried doing Noise with emerald and turquoise and then motion blur but that was too fine a grain -- colors were not distinct enough and were too small. I tried a gradient with the two colors, and that had possibilities, but was not the stone. I tried an emerald background with turquoise streaks, and then blurring it. Any thoughts on how to do this?
  13. Very fast... I'm impressed. Uh... there's a reason we have a whole house generator.....
  14. Okay, cool -- I'll try Boltbait's since I already have it installed. Thank you! Drat. I must be doing something wrong. Looks like I'll have to install the Curtis one after all.
  15. Interested in this tutorial. However, it does call for a plug-in by Curtis called Tile Image. I note, in going to the thread on same, that some of the effects in his pack are incompatible with the current version of PDN, and there doesn't appear to be a way to separate the ones that aren't compatible from the ones which may be since they're all in one .dll. Really would prefer not to cause my PDN to explode or something. Is there an updated version of Tile Image, or, is it now included as part of PDN? I only see Tile Reflection as a built in. I have Boltbait's Fill from Clipboard and Fill from File, as well as Madjik's Tiles Reflection XY.