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    Using the tools I have available, checking out new tools I can get my hands on, speedpainting, graphic design, digital and traditional painting, art-related tutorials (I like reading and learning), and creative commons

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  1. @Whirl While that feature might not be available, you can still use the one AndrewDavid wrote about (holding Ctrl and drag the selection to create a copy.) Also, there's Simon B's plugin: CustomBrushesMini (if what you wanted was brushes.) There's a tutorial about it, too.
  2. @Woodsy You're welcome.
  3. Those are some good wood textures. And they have that dry, dusty look I've seen in western movies. I like the outcome of the grass from both the inn and the train tracks. Finally, I love the shading. It adds more realism, along with the textures. You did well. The piece reminds me of 3D renders. :]
  4. @AndrewDavid You're welcome. The video isn't mine, but it's a trick I've learned when I went on a tutorial/tips/tricks/speedpaints/how-to's binge. I still go on it. XD Yep. That's true. :] @Whirl You might be interested in this. (I wasn't sure if I had to mention it, but here I go.) I think, when you wrote the feature from MSPaint versions, you might have been referring to PDN being the same as MS Paint. The page for the software says it was originally intended to be a free replacement. I've read somewhere in this forum that these two programs are not the same (except the name), and that PDN was written from scratch.
  5. @Whirl and @Ego Eram Reputo Is this the technique in question? (Video made by TECHPECK) @AndrewDavid I think that's the shortcut for merging down layers.
  6. @357mag The only way to download a high quality image from the web is if the image was already uploaded in high quality for others to download it (whether is in the PNG or the high quality JPEG format.) It would be on sites like Wikimedia Commons and DeviantArt where images are uploaded as such. At least, that's what I know. Oh! And said quality depends if the person managed to take a good photo. It'll be difficult to sharpen a photo if it has some sort of blur caused by an unsteady hand.
  7. Question: Are you going to print something? If so, then you might want to change the dpi (pixels per inch.) 96 dpi will give you a small print; 300 dpi, a bigger one with better resolution (if you're going to print the image.) Then, you change the image size if needed.
  8. A good example would be helpful (a comparison, but with images.) Hmm... I wonder if it's because you're downloading photos in the JPEG format. It tends to lose compression and definition every time it's saved in that format. Or, it might be because the photo is huge. I've took photos with digital cameras. And, when I processed them, they were really big, and didn't look good zooming in at 100%. But they did look nice and sharp when I resized them. Sometimes, I ran a sharpening filter at a low setting. As for the shine, I searched for wood varnish. My hypothesis would be that it could be achieved with: A multiply layer: filled with black, the layer would be at low opacity to darken the picture (things that are damp or wet have a darker appearance), and; A screen layer: using a linear gradient (from white to black) for the shine, the layer would be at a low opacity as well, but not as low as the multiply layer. Optional: Running the frosted glass plugin on the screen layer (sometimes, photographs, even if they're glossy, have a texture.) I hope this helps.
  9. @Ishi You're welcome. Well, at least, you started with something. :]
  10. I have a few problems with grayscale painting. This might come in handy. :]
  11. By 'car templates', do you mean a 3d texture map? Or this template?
  12. I found this tutorial (by RuokDbz98) helpful. It was a time when I was really concerned about making a good lineart (because I didn't and don't have a graphics tablet.) Also, there's the option of drawing the strokes, scan them and tweak them, like in this tutorial, by acsoundwave. I've found that a combination of brushes (with an eraser to shape it), a radial gradient (set to transparency mode), and median can give me a decent result. One has to brush in a separate layer, and erase it (whether the person wants to create a lineart or paint shapes or shadows.) Then, select the gradient tool, and, starting close or in the middle of the stroke, expand the gradient. The edges should look faded, like this (from XxiMercurYxX.) Then, duplicate the brush layer and merge. And, finally, use median. Example: Brush hardness: 0% 75% (default when opening PDN) 50% 25% 100% No antialiased (or MS Paint-like brush) Median (radius set at 15 in all of them, only the percentage changes): 30 45 40 35 50 (a higher setting will turn the stroke into an MS Paint-like one) 50 (a higher setting will give it a white outline) Note: Settings may vary depending on the brush size, especially the settings for median.
  13. Welcome to the forum. I don't use a graphics tablet. However, there are discussions about it. Here's two of them: Graphics Tablet software compatable with What graphic tablets are compatible with PaintDotNet ?
  14. @Maximilian You're welcome. @Ego Eram Reputo I had to bookmark it... X]
  15. @Seerose You're welcome. And thanks. :]