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    This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it Today I will be showing you how to make the tie-dye effect in Paint.net, like this: Plugins needed: toe_head2001's Droste pyrochild's Curves+ Toli's Smooth (optional) Instructions: Step 1. Insert any texture, or just draw stuff. For this tutorial, I shall use the Paintbrush. Step 2. Apply Droste. You can play with the settings to suit your mood, but I shall crank up the Repeat Per Turn option to max. Step 3. Use any effective blur plugin. Zoom Blur will be used for this tutorial. Step 4. Crank the saturation all the way up with Curves+. You may also maximize the Value if you don't want the ugly white bits. (Also, please ignore the error I made with the text in the next picture. The whole text.) Step 5: You're done! You can use the Smooth plugin if you don't want all those choppy pixelly edges, but as you can see, I'm pretty sure I didn't use that on my tutorial result. What are the odds? Well, this is the end of the tutorial. I'd love to see what you've come up with. Thanks!
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    This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it Choosing the background image for a glass effect is an important part of making the effect look ummm effective. You want to make sure that the background adds to the glass effect, but at the same time it shouldn’t overwhelm it or make it less visible or clear. Playing with Texture Smoother/ and or Texture Shader settings, gives interesting results. As does omitting the Splinter stage. Play around, I lost 40 odd hours until I was happy Plugins Needed: Alpha Mask Splinter Texture Smoother Texture Shader The Tutorial Examples Using Splinter x 2 on that step
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    This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it Astounded by the lack of cool text effect tutorials, I set out to make one myself. Today I shall instruct you on how to make some text that looks like this: Pretty cool, right? Plug-ins necessary to complete this tutorial: AA's Assistant (dpy) - dpy's pack Bevel Selection (BoltBait) - BB's pack Trail (pyrochild) - pyro's pack Alpha Mask Import (illnab1024) - [link] Align Object (moc426) - [link] Additional resources: fontsquirrel, dafont (font sites - all free-of-charge and virus-free - tested) Step one: Open a 500x150 canvas (no need to worry about anti-aliasing). Step two: Add a new layer, name it TextMask. Step three: Choose a font (preferably serif) and type up some text. By the way, I used Garamond Bold for this. If you are wondering, in the 'csm725' image, I put the numbers at a smaller size so that they would be as tall as the letters. Just letting you know. Step four: Align to the Middle Center using Align Object. Step five: Make a new layer between Background and TextMask, call it TextColor. Step six: Select an area that covers up one letter, like so: Step seven: Fill each letter-selection with a different color, make sure that the colors don't clash: Step eight: Invert the colors of the TextMask layer so it is white. Make a new layer under it and fill it with black. Merge TextMask onto the black layer, select all, and copy. You can then delete the layer: Step nine: Load Alpha Mask with the following settings (onto the TextColor layer): Step ten: Duplicate the TextColor layer and name the bottom one text shine. Step eleven: Open up trail at the following settings: Step twelve: Apply AA's Assistant at default settings to both the TextColor and TextShine layers. Step thirteen: Magic Wand at 31% tolerance, shift-select any transparent area on the TextShine layer, invert selection. You should have all the text selected. Step fourteen: Bevel Selection at the following settings: Step fifteen: Adjustments > Curves (Ctrl-Shift-M) at the following approx. settings: Step sixteen: Repeat AA's Assistant on the TextShine layer. Step seventeen: Set TextColor's opacity to 63: Step eighteen: Merge TextColor onto TextShine. You should now have two layers. Step nineteen: Duplicate TextShine and Layers > Flip Vertical. Step twenty: Drag the flipped duplicate and drag it until the 'top' of the flipped letters meet with the bottom of the actual layers. Step twenty-one: Do a transparent gradient (linear) like so: Step twenty-two: Make a new layer above everything, call it Glints. Step twenty-three: Go to the brush tool with white and draw some dots on the letters, this is where your glint-spots are going to be. Step twenty-four: Gaussian Blur these spots at 3-10, depending on your taste. It should look something like this: Step twenty-five: Delete the background layer, flatten, and save. Enjoy! #tut725
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    Zoom in then hit Ctrl + B twice to recenter the image.
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    Hi @ScrapbookWithPDN. To get the blue box you just type the @ key and as soon as you then begin to type the person's name, you will get a drop-down box and then you click on their name. To post something which you'd like to be hidden: Type out the text, or whatever, then highlite it and click on the eye (spoiler).
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    I made an account just to reply to this. I use Paint.net to do pixel art pretty much exclusively. I actually do find myself opening a lot of little files and was wondering if there was a way to set my default zoom to something like 1000%. I hate that zooming in with the mouse wheel uncenters the image, because often times I have multiple images I'm comparing to others, and so they need to be in the same spot as each other-- so I have to click and drag the zoom slider on the bottom every time. It gets annoying after a while. I would love if the second example plugin/feature was a real thing.
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    Could be something as simple as a broken engine mount. Cheap quick fix to do yourself if you're handy with spanners Also maybe misfiring due to faulty plugs and/or HT leads if it's a petrol ... or injector if it's a diesel More sinister could be fuel leaking into the manifold and into the CAT as one example or a dirty/failed MAF sensor as a cheaper do it yourself scenario. Hopefully it'll be a quick easy fix ... but 500,000 miles wow that's pretty impressive Wife: Perfume, some clothes and biker boots Kids: Clothes, trainers, coats and misc ... best ones a kettle for my son and a tank of petrol for my daughter (who can spend on clothes but not her car. Wipers/ brake shoes and 2 front tyres this past month. But of course she's a poor student)
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    What a lovely and adorable image for Christmas. Love the way you did perspectives. Very nice. I hope you have a beautiful holiday and safe New Year.
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    Here's my annual Christmas wallpaper. This year's theme is called "A Homespun Christmas", incorporating some of my 'sewing' techniques. Please enjoy. The image is clickable for a full-size download. Merry Christmas everyone!
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    This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it Here's my version of Chrome Text with Reflections. We will be making this: I used a modified version of @dipstick 's emap. I got rid of the transparent edges. Download the emap and save it to your computer. I used Beach Wide font. Download it here. Be sure and install it first before you open PDN. Plugins Used: xod's Align MJW's Texture Object Rounder MJW's Texture Smoother MJW's Texture Shader That's it! Hope you like my Chrome Text with Reflections! EDIT: OBSERVATIONS & COMMENTS I've been playing around with this today. I noticed that my settings are specific to my example above. What I have given you are the plugins needed to create the Chrome Reflection. If you use a different canvas size, a different font or another shape entirely, you will have to make adjustments to the Texture Shader settings highlighted with red boxes to get something that looks 'right'. Here are two more examples: Here are the settings: Another example: And the settings: And @dipstick's environmental map is very good at capturing this. Hope this helps clear things up a bit.
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    This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it This works best on thinner, more rounded text or objects. I used BP Neon from dafont: http://www.dafont.com/search.php?q=bp+neon'> HERE First we need a background. I used this to keep screenshots down in the tutorial: http://ipadwallpapersbybay.com/wallpaper/brick-wall-1-wallpaper.jpg'>HERE Plugins needed: http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?showtopic=16643'> AA - Assistant http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?showtopic=11514'> Bevel Selection http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?showtopic=8375'> Drop Shadow http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?showtopic=18811'> Vignette Optional later on: http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?showtopic=885'> Conditional Hue/ Saturation ---------------------------------------------------------- Copy this image into a New Image in PDN And You're Finished. Flatten Image