Marilynx

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About Marilynx

  • Birthday May 17

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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. Print to JPG?

    Harper is an AKC conformation Champion, working on his Grand Championship. He is also a Barn Hunt Champion, which required 10 runs like the one in the video, on all sorts of different courses. Neither he nor I know how many rats are on the course -- it is up to him to search it, find them, show them to me, and then, somehow, tell me, "Hey, Missy, I found them all!" as he did in this video by running to the gate. So, he's got Beauty, Brains, and a Nose!
  2. Print to JPG?

    If anyone would like to see what these "Barn Hunt" maps are about, here is a video of my Harper Dachs' Rat Champion Excellent (First Q of Ten needed) run. All that straw is in three layers, plus leaners, and I use PDN to create the course maps for a judge so that s/he can have course builders do the heavy lifting. Then there are the Blind layers -- the places where the Judge will be hiding the rats for each group of Hunters. My husband is NOT a videographer. And you may ignore the handler. Just pay attention to the handsome Dachshund.
  3. Print to JPG?

    I believe I will try this! I am always paranoid about overwriting a file and really, REALLY screwing things up. (Lost about 4 hours work doing that once, years ago. Not something you forget.) (Later) OK, THIS worked perfectly. Thank you very much. I did my two most complex (and multipage) files in half the time it took me to do one of the least complex files.
  4. Print to JPG?

    If I do a Save As to JPG, PDN tells me the image must be flattened, but that the flattening can be undone. So, if I'm in that JPG, and I hit Ctrl + Z, I can unflatten the image, but it's still called a JPG.
  5. Print to JPG?

    I thought of using the Ctrl+Z (after all, PDN tells you the flattening can be undone!). What I wasn't sure about was if I undid it, and then did save-as to another file name, would the original JPG still be a JPG? That is, if I go from 2017-07-12C_SK_04Master.PDN to 2017-07-12C_SK_04Master_Blind00.JPG, then unflatten 2017-07-12C_SK_04Master_Blind00.JPG, make my change of layers, and Save As 2017-07-12C_SK_04Master_Blind01.JPG, will 2017-07-12C_SK_04Master_Blind00.JPG be an actual flattened JPG? Or will the layers be in it?
  6. I am saving some fairly large files to JPG to send to a Barn Hunt Judge for her courses for an upcoming set of trials. By "fairly large," I mean 2100 x 3000 pixels at 300 dpi. Having created the course on multiple layers, I then have layers which must be turned off and on -- Turn on Blind 01, save to JPG, close JPG, reopen the PDN file with the course, turn off Blind 01, Turn on Blind 02, save to JPG. And repeat about 16 times. For each of four courses. The problem is that opening and closing and etc. these files appears to eat memory, and after a couple of them, my computer (Toshiba Satellite, running WinPro 7 because I don't want Win 10 until I buy a new computer, and I haven't decided what I want in a new computer yet.) gets exceedingly unhappy and must be rebooted. This gets very tedious, rebooting every fourth or fifth Save As when you are doing anywhere from 64 to 128 of them. Now, a short form solution would be to use good ole Cute PDF and print the page to a PDF file. This would let her print them -- but not (with the software she has and her level of computer knowledge) edit them. Does a Print to JPG like the Cute PDF driver exist in general, or for Paint.Net?
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. Ball maps

    Like this! The ball is good, and I like the floor under it, too!
  11. 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.
  12. 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: https://youtu.be/x-5L-TimvIY 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!)
  13. Creating Malachite?

    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.
  14. Creating Malachite?

    Oh, neat.... I must go and try that!
  15. Creating Malachite?

    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.