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    Hi people! I'm fairly new here also. Looking forward to learning lots.
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    Hey there, my name is Joy and I am the latest addition to this community!
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    No, I don't think extending it another week would bring in anymore entries Thanks @DrewDale
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    As a work-around, you could use TR's SplineMaster.
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    @joymorgan! Hi welcome to the forum, have fun.
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    When merging down, the opacity of the lower layer is maintained and the opacity of the upper layer is lost. That's why your image may look different after merging down. If you want to maintain the look of an image, be sure to flatten the image... OR ...be sure your lower layer is at full opacity when merging a layer onto it. One way to do this is to create an empty layer below the two layers you wish to merge. Then, merge your bottom layer onto the newly created empty layer. THEN merge your top layer into your newly merged layers.
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    Happy Easter to all! Enjoy some 'glassy' eggs....
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    This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it The introduction of the Brush Factory has opened up PDN to being able to create the dispersion effect that is really cool and nifty. While it is not the perfect method to create the effect, the purpose of this tutorial is to teach you to use Brush Factory and Alpha Mask import plug-in to create an effect like below. Required plug-ins -> Brush Factory, Liquify, and Alpha Mask Import The latest Brush Factory now support Photoshop brush such as disintegration style. A word of advice: Drill into your head this simple instruction, white is to "keep" and black is "erase", when it comes to using brush and masking as it will be revealed in the steps below. I will not be teaching you how to cut out your model of choice in Paint.NET, there are tutorials on the forums that sufficiently shows you different technique to separate the model from background. I decided instead of doing the whole body of the model, I focused on the upper torso to make it easier to teach this technique. With no further ado, the lesson begins. Step 1) Create a total of five layers. For the sake of this tutorial, the naming convention is merely a teaching guide, so when I refer to what layer, you will know what layer I am working on! Step 2) On the layer named "Dispersion", go to Effects>Tools>Liquify and exaggerate the model left's body. I set the size of brush to 100, pressure to 100%, and density at default. Some might be thinking, "Why?" You will see. Now the creativity starts here. NOTE: I have personally found it to be faster to select the entire layer by using the Move Tool and clicking once outside the canvas area and click on copy. Step 3) On the "Erase" layer, copy the model, and hide the "Dispersion" layer for now. Next, click on the layer "Full Opacity" and launch the Brush Factory. When the plug-in loads, right-click for the mouse menu and click "Use clipboard for background." This is a handy feature that I love about the Brush Factory. It will make this step a doozy. Click on the brush folder to select the brush effect you want to use. The choice is up to you. Now, this is very important, click on "Color" and select black. See the screenshot if you are confused. Step 4) This step is absolutely crucial that you pay attention to what you are doing, otherwise alpha mask won't work right. While on the "Full Opacity" layer, activate the paint fill tool and switch to white. On the toolbar, make sure "Sampling" is set to layer. One handy feature I didn't notice until playing was the use of the tolerance slider with the paint bucket tool, and it is nifty to use. For clarity's sake, I included the following screenshot so you will get it, I hid the "Erase" layer so you can see what I am teaching you. Step 5) It is now time to mask and "erase" portion of the model. With "Full Opacity" layer still activate, use the Move Tool and click once outside the canvas area to select the whole layer. Click on copy, then click on deselect, and hide the "Full Opacity" layer. Finally, activate the "Erase" layer and run alpha mask. Make sure to check on "Mix Alpha" and tada! If necessary run alpha mask again to erase further if you wish, I did. Still with me so far? Good! Let's keep the creative juice flowing. Step 6) Unhide the "Dispersion" layer, using the Move Tool, click once outside the canvas to select the whole layer, copy it, and activate the "Transparency" Layer by clicking on it. Now, launch the Brush Factory again. Again, "Use clipboard for background" to be your guide. Using the Brush folder, click on "Add Brush" and select a different brush to use. Change the "Color" to white because we want to keep some of this exaggeration. A word of advice: instead of keeping the same size, play with different size and brush rotation. Make it creative and interesting. Uniformity is boring! I tried to recreate a "wavy" dispersion effect like the titular graphic. Step 7) Now here comes the magic! While still on "Transparency" layer, bucket fill the layer with black. Play with the tolerance slider. Nifty, nifty feature...thanks Rick! Step 😎 Select the "Transparency" layer by the method you have learned, hide this layer, and activate the "Dispersion" layer. Run alpha mask and behold your effect! This technique was used in the creation of the two images below.
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    Good for you. Because leaving is such a good idea.