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  1. As AndrewDavid suggests, that's a limitation of ScriptLab. As useful as it is, it can only save a sequence of effects applied to a single layer. You can't record the changes to multiple layers, and you can't record any operations besides Adjustments and Effects. For example, you can't save Tool operations, such as selections. No user-written plugin could do that. (It would certainly be nice if the user could highlight a sequence of History entries, and save them as a command!) (The fact that ScriptLab can do as much as it can surprises me. One of these days I'm going to have to study the code and figure out how it works.)
  2. You might want to try Red ochre's ClipDisplace plugin. Use the image (or perhaps an inverted version) in the clipboard as the displacement map, and apply it to the image.
  3. To expand on what Iron67 said, "weird" is not a technical description. Something more specific would be helpful
  4. My guess is there's no remotely easy way to do what you want to do. I think it would help, though, if you showed a version with a number of the elements you want to modify. Seeing a single element, out of context, makes what you are trying to do unclear. Handling each element in relation to the surrounding region seems to me to be a major part of the problem. Also, are all the pixels in all the elements to be shifted the same direction? You say the pixels are shifted right, but is that actually so? Are they shifted right, or are they shifted right and down, in the direction the gradient changes? From the single-element image, I can't tell. Are the "elements" always gradients, as in the example, where the boundary is defined by the point at which they're white, or are they defined in some other fashion? Perhaps if you explained why you want to do this, the method to achieve it would be clearer.
  5. Being the traditionalist I am, I wish that the competition would continue to be called Sig of the Week, even if the entry period is normally extended to two weeks. In the past, the entry period has often been extended -- on occasion, up to three weeks, I believe -- without changing the name.
  6. What you propose strikes me as a less effective, far less flexible method of achieving what can be done quite easily with layers and edge feathering. I write software; I write plugins; but I don't have the time to write plugins that I don't think are needed.
  7. Using layers and gradients (or feathered edges) is probably the way to go. It isn't particularly time-consuming. If you aren't willing to spend the time to get a good result, you probably won't get a good result.
  8. Because light normally comes from above, in most cases beveling will look indented if the bright area is on the lower side and the dark area on the upper side, and raised if the bright area is on the upper side and the dark area on the lower side.
  9. This plugin is admittedly quite similar to TR's Custom Palette Matcher, but may be useful. It's in the Color menu. The Plugin: Recolor Using Palette.zip As the Help menu says: Recolor Using Palette replaces each pixel color with the nearest color from a specified range of the current palette. The Euclidean distance is used. This minimizes the sum of the squared differences of the red, green, and blue color components. The controls are: Starting Palette Index: The number of the first palette color to use. Palette colors are numbered from 1 to 96. Ending Palette Index: The number of the last palette color to use. Ignore Opacity When Comparing Colors: When this option is enabled, only the red, green, and blue color components are compared; the alpha value is ignored. The original alpha is preserved in the replaced color. When this option is disabled, the image and palette colors are adjusted to account for their alpha values before being compared. The distance between colors is the distance between the colors when blended with the background color that maximizes the distance. The original alpha is replaced by the alpha of the nearest palette color. Show Original Image: When enabled, the original, unmodified image is displayed. The UI: Instead of managing palettes like TR's effect, it relies on PDN's built-in palette handling, which I think is fairly easy to use. Recolor Using Palette allows a subrange of the current palette to be used. (Note the color-entry numbering is one-based, not zero-based.) On interesting (which is not necessarily the same as useful) feature is that it can take opacity into account when doing the comparison. When opacity is used in the comparison, the entire palette color, including alpha, replaces the image color; otherwise, the image alpha is preserved, and only the red, green, and blue are replaced. Here's a demonstration, using the default palette. Original image: With Ignore Opacity When Comparing Colors enabled: With Ignore Opacity When Comparing Colors disabled: (To be useful in this mode, the palette would likely need to be better suited to the image than it is in this case.) Ignore Opacity When Comparing Colors is disabled by default.
  10. All plugins I know of, including Inner Shadow, show live previews. By the way plugins work, a programmer would have to really go out of his/her way to have the final version differ from the interactive version (even for the occasional plugin where that would be desirable). I don't how it could occur due a computer problem. Perhaps you aren't allowing enough time for the interactive version to finish rendering before clicking OK, so you don't see the completed version.
  11. I'm not sure what exactly you want to do. It would help if you were more specific. A basic approach to doing something like that is to make the regions you want the gradient in transparent, then put the gradient you want in a layer below the original image layer, so the gradient shows through the transparent areas. You can then flatten the image to combine the layers. The best method for making the regions transparent depends on the image. The simplest is probably to use the Magic Wand. The Magic Wand will often produce a jaggy edge, so other methods may be better.
  12. Also, a Google image search will find quite a few compass insignias. There might be copyright issues with some, though a compass image is generic enough that I'm not sure a general one could be copyrighted
  13. One method would be to use the Magic Wand with a low tolerance to select the background color, then erase it, and fill in the region with the gradient you want. You can extend a gradient by using the Rectangular Selection tool, then stretching the selection sideways with the Move Selected Pixels tool. However, if that's the best quality version of the compass image you have, you're probably wasting your time. I doubt it will ever look good against any sort of contrasting background. It's too pixelated. You'd be better of making a new compass, which shouldn't be too difficult.