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  1. 7 points
    I made these light bulbs in blender, then made the animation in PDN. I'm very happy with the bulb details in the outcome.
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    This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it Glassy Marbles tutorial was written by @drakaan in 2007 and is now unfortunately lost. After consulting with @welshblue, we decided to reproduce (rewrite) this tutorial based on the original text, making some changes to it. This is our work jointly. In this tutorial we will make marble like in this picture: For this tutorial, you'll need the plugins: Zoom Blur Deluxe for 4.0 by @null54 and Shape3D by @MKT (it's what makes this tutorial fairly simple to repeat). All of the other steps can be accomplished using the built-in paint.net tools and effects. Start with a new () image, preferably square (for example: 800x800px). Add some texture for the interior of the marble. Apply the Clouds () effect (Effects -> Render -> Clouds) with blue color, but you could use pretty much any texture you like: This next step is optional, but it's nice to do if you want a little more realistic-looking marble. Use Zoom Blur Deluxe effect (Effects -> Blurs -> Zoom Blur Deluxe) (or use the Sin Waves effect by @MadJik, or use the built-in Dents () effect... get creative here) to change the texture to suit your taste: Now it's time for Shape3D (Effects -> Render -> Shape3D). Set the Sphere Scaling to 1.380, use the Half Sphere Map texture, and leave the rest at default (except for Anti-alias, check the ON box and set AA-Level between 2 and 5): We now have the beginning of our marble. Lighting is what makes things look glassy, so first, we're going to make what looks like an inner highlight. With the Magic Wand () tool select the transparent area on the image and then invert (Ctrl+I) the selection. That should leave you with just the marble selected: Add a new () layer above the marble texture, Primary color should be white, and Secondary color should be fully transparent. Start your Radial Gradient ( ) in the center of the shadowed area of the marble texture, and end it on the opposite side of the marble a bit closer to the marble's center: We don't want the gradient to go all the way to the marble's edge, so use the Move Selection () tool (and hold down the Shift key) to drag the bottom-right selection nub up and to the left... basically shrinking the selection towards the upper-left corner of the canvas: Invert (Ctrl+I) the selection and press Delete to get something like this: Now, we need to soften this inner highlight a bit. Use the Gaussian Blur () effect (Effects -> Blurs -> Gaussian Blur): Next, add a new () layer above the inner highlight to create a shiny spot at the top-left portion of the marble. Choose the Brush () tool with a size of about 90-100 and Hardness 20% - One click to make a spot like this in White: If necessary, apply the Glow () effect with default settings (Effects -> Photo -> Glow) and the Gaussian Blur () effect (with a radius found experimentally) a couple of times to finish the shiny spot. Now we need to add another highlight at the top of the marble on a new () layer. This is going to be in an oval-shaped area centered on the marble's vertical axis and stretching from the top to about 2/3 of the way to the bottom. Use Ellipse Selection () tool to create this area and going to fill it with a vertical Gradient ( ) (again, white fading to transparent) from bottom to top: Use Gaussian Blur effect at a low (8-12) radius to soften the edges a bit. Repeat (Ctrl+F) if necessary. This highlight may be a bit harsh, so adjust the layer's opacity settings () until it's a fairly subdued highlight: If your texture was fairly dark, you may not need this next step, but if you have a lighter-colored texture, you'll need to add a bit of shading to get the small highlight to show up and make the marble look good. Set your colors to Black and White (), and create a new () layer above the Background layer. Select the marble's circular texture area (you can go back to the Background layer, select () transparent area, invert the selection (Ctrl+I) and come back to this new layer you just created above it). Use the Linear Gradient ( ) tool and make your gradient go from the top-left edge to the bottom-right edge: Change the blending mode of this layer to "Multiply", and adjust the opacity until it looks good: After saving, flattening, resizing, adding (in any way you like) a background and a shadow, you should be able to get something like this: Below is the outcome of following the tutorial by @welshblue: Try playing with the lighting as it masterful makes @welshblue and you will get even more impressive result: We hope you find it useful, please share your creations and suggestions with us all.
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  4. 4 points
    Here are the steps. First, I duplicated the original layer, flipped it horizontally, rotated it 90 degree, and moved it until it lined up with bottom and right side. Then, on a new layer, I drew a right angle triangle and clicked outside the triangle, went to the duplicated/rotated layer and deleted. The result is what you see on page 1. Here's another example.
  5. 4 points
    I seem to still be in a Glassy Mood 😄
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    The cigarettes are very cool Welshblue. Something politically incorrect about a pack of cigs. They look delicious and I don't even smoke tailors. Bar code being off adds to it in my not so humble. Lends the piece integrity somehow, i might think it a photo else wise. I mean you are Welsh 🙂 Beautiful work , the reptile scales are the ducks guts. You're an inspiration old sun.
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    @welshblue! As promised: another one. Thank you so much for your time, and effort.
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    Upgrade to version 1.2 Fixed a bug where when setting Amount to less than or equal to 100% the image was grayed out.
  11. 2 points
    Is your text on it's own layer ? Most Object tools won't work unless they've got transparency around them
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    @lynxster4 Thank you, took a while to get it looking good, but glad you liked it! @Seerose Thanks for your kind words as always. @welshblue This definitely is new territory for me, and I’m glad you liked it. @TrevorOutlaw Awesome, thank you for the critique! I’ll have to try that out and see if I can get that effect that you described. I knew I was missing something, and I think you helped me understand what it was. New image on the first page, going back to my regular style for now, but I may try to deviate again later.
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    Okay then I will leave with this. I see it as slippery slope or Pandora's Box. I have left my editorial graphics off of this forum while I have freely expressed them elsewhere in cyberspace.
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    There's awesome talent in the big house @welshblue @Rickhumthis is crazy in a good way. I see a giant tarantula lurking there on the right hand side back. Poor ducks. Such a paradox alright. So much to see! Well done. Growing up is optional 😂
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    Beautiful image. The colours and textures are just perfect for each other.
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    Just stunning @barbieq25! I love 'Raindrops in Winter' and 'Titanium Rain'. All are absolutely lovely wallpapers! I like @Woodsy's first image...it has a bit more texture to it.
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    Wow, that's so awesome and imaginative @Rickhum! But I have to wonder; what did the poor little duckies do to deserve a swim on the river Styx? 😨 Gives me the chills...a perfect representation of what hell might look like! 😱
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    I went ahead and updated the plugin to remove the square option, and added a feathering option as per @Eli's suggestion. I'm almost almost positive this version is completely stable! I'm really liking the results now. I just used this to make the cover for my book and I wanted to share it (because I think it's kind of cool, and have no where else to toot my own horn...) Space pictures + mandala tool + lighten blending = this
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    Love it. Dark. Moody. Thought inspiring. Not much more than that makes me happy. And great title sums it up perfectly I wish we lived closer - apart from sharing a coffee, I'd be your biggest customer. There's something really good about growing alpines and succulents together Will 'rep that when I've got some
  20. 1 point
    Belated Birthday Wishes ... sorry to read that. I hope it wasn't flare ups. Or nothing too serious. Look after yourself
  21. 1 point
    Happy Birthday @doughty! Hope your day is the best!
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    Well, I think it is a fabulous image & there is nothing I can fault. Bravo! Well done
  24. 1 point
    Can you zoom out a little and give some context about why you're doing things in such a bizarre manner?
  25. 1 point
    Added Variants 4 and 5. Thanks @Woodsy for the idea of variants!
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    Download installer here: pyrochild.plugins.installer.2017-12-04.exe.zip or download a zip file to install manually: pyrochild.2017-12-04.zip If you enjoy these plugins or find them useful, please . Thanks! ===================================================================================== Before reporting issues, first make sure you're using the latest versions of both Paint.NET and my plugin set. Do not redistribute these plugins without prior permission from pyrochild. ===================================================================================== Adjustments > Curves+ Like Paint.NET's own Curves adjustment, but better. Effects > Render > Borders N' Shapes Draw rectangles, ellipses, arcs, and pies, all with configurable styles like solid, dashed and dotted. Effects > Render > Gradient Bars Bars. Bars of gradients. Gradient bars. Effects > Photo > Film Make your photo look more like film, with adjustable settings like grain and Hollywood-style zoom factor. Effects > Distort > Jitter Shake up your image. Effects > Object > Outline Object Outline text, add a glow to a lightsaber, or put a border around a picture or drawing. Effects > Distort > Stitch Makes your photo look stitched. Effects > Advanced > ScriptLab Automate repetitive tasks in Paint.NET. Adjustments > Gradient Mapping Make multicolored gradients, or recolor an image. Effects > Artistic > Splatter Make a Jackson Pollock style splatter-paintings. Effects > Blurs > Pixelate+ Like Paint.NET's Pixelate effect, but with better results and adjustable width and height. Also known as Mosaic. Adjustments > Color Match Improve your photography with classical art. Or make it worse. Makes your photo follow another's color scheme. Effects > Random Effect Lacking inspiration? Use this to fire up a random effect with random settings. Effects > Render > Random Shape Fill Draws tons of shapes - from circles to hearts to stars - with various color settings, transparency, etc. Effects > Tools > Smudge Does this need any more explanation than the name? SMUDGE! Effects > Object > Trail Gives an object a trail, like the cursor trails on old laptops. Effects > Blurs > Gradient Blocks Blurs an image into 4-point gradients. Effects > Tools > Twist Twisting tool. Effects > Tools > Liquify Interactive distortion tool, like Photoshop's Liquify or GIMP's IWarp. Effects > Tools > Grid Warp Interactive distortion tool, like Paint Shop Pro's Mesh Warp. Effects > Render > Gradient Grid Renders a bunch of gradients in a grid pattern. If you enjoy these plugins or find them useful, please . Thanks! For developers: I'm on GitHub! https://github.com/bsneeze
  27. 1 point
    As @toe_head2001 alludes to, this is almost certainly caused by some other software on your system. Software like Window Blinds has been known to cause all sorts of trouble like this.
  28. 1 point
    Excellent box @welshblue 💖 I'll be baaaaack with a Rep later
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    Here's another option @SZDXN. This plugin is no longer supported by the author, but it works just fine on larger squares, rectangles. On smaller ones, the 'jaggies' are pretty noticeable between the light and dark colors. Maybe this will also work for you.
  31. 1 point
    It's so well done @lynxster4! I like your new technique! So when do you start on all the Disney princesses? 😄
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    Thanks for hosting @Pixey As I've previously said in the discussion thread ... stunning entries across the board. All brilliant in their different ways and styles. Congrats to everyone ... but just want to mention how professional @MJW's is with the plastic sheen and crisp text. As good a mock up as there is
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    Beautiful textures. Now we look forward to the tutorial.
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    He will find you.
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    @toroidal232 Jumping cat fish 🙀 that tutorial is amazing and what a great use of the Plugins on here. Well done! @lynxster4 is correct, it would be a good idea to use the video as a visual aid, and just post which Plugins are used in the text - above the video - and post it in the Creations Thread.
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    Another beauty! Reminds me a bit of The Starry Night by Van Gogh. Nicely done! Too bad about your internet connection. Your works are very pleasing to the eye. (meaning more, more!)
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    @TrevorOutlaw! I find this very inspiring. Thank you for sharing this with us!
  41. 1 point
    That's so beautiful @Rickhum! Love the coloring. It's so rich and saturated. Fur Blur is nicely done. Love the look on the foreground dingo's face! Great work!
  42. 1 point
    I went way off the beaten path with this one, sorry. I went with blue tinted glass on my butterfly shape.
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    This is my new variation of the process using the Shaped Gradient Plugin. The original canvas was 5000 x 5000 pixels and it took about 2 hours to render the two layers required to make this image. It was resized to 1920 x 1920 pixels and linked to this thread.
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    This was made using @null54's PSD Filter Plugin with an 8bf filter called "Mehdi - Julia World 1.1 and also I used Trail Blur by @MJW for the background I hope you like it fellow PDNers
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    This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it This is what you will learn to make: And this is what you can do with it (timber, ???, hair, more timber, sunset): 01. Draw a greyscale linear gradient with the Gradient tool (shortcut: G). Hold Shift whilst drawing to keep the gradient straight. The lower 10% of the image should be completely white. The white will be the dark part of the water, and without enough of it the water looks depthless. The darkest shade the gradient should have has a colour Value of about 25. Colours darker than this produce water which looks over-exposed (light saturated). 02. Make a new layer (shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+N) above the gradient layer and change the Blend Mode to Negation (double click layer > Blending > Negation). 03. Reset the primary colour to black and the secondary colour to white. 04. On the new layer, render Clouds (Effects > Render > Clouds) with the default values except for the blend mode which should also be set to Negation. 05. Type Ctrl+F seven times to repeat the effect. 06. On the same layer use Outline (Effects > Stylize > Outline) with a Thickness of 14 and Intensity of 60. 07. Flatten the image (shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+F). 08. Use Curves (shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+M) to colour the image, set the Transfer Map to RGB and move the colours as illustrated (Blue: (119, 139); Green: (143, 113); Red: (165, 98)). 09. Duplicate the layer (shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+D). 10. Use Curves (shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+M) to colour the top layer as illustrated (Blue: (119, 143); Green: (119, 143); Red: (144, 119)) 11. Change the Blend Mode of the top layer to Overlay (double click layer > Blending > Overlay). 12. Flatten the image (shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+F). 13. Resize the image (shortcut: Ctrl+R), ensure Maintain Aspect Ratio is unchecked and increase the width to 350% of the original. Smaller width increases produce “rougher seas” and larger width increases produce “calmer seas”. 14. Select part of the image that is as tall as the canvas and as wide as your desired final image. 14. Select all of the image (you can crop later, and it is easier to find a good combination that looks like water) 15. Copy (shortcut: Ctrl+C) and paste onto a new layer (shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+V) and change the Blend Mode of the new layer to Darken (double click layer > Blending > Darken). 16. Move (shortcut: M) the copy horizontally (click and hold on the image the use the left and right arrow keys) until you get something that looks watery. 17. Select a new part of the bottom layer, copy (shortcut: Ctrl+C) and paste onto a new layer between the current layers (shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+V). 17. Select all of the bottom layer, copy (shortcut: Ctrl+C) and paste onto a new layer between the current layers (shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+V). 18. Set middle layer’s Blend Mode to Lighten (double click layer > Blending > Lighten) and Move (shortcut: M) it directly behind the other copy. 19. Select the part of the image you wish to keep with the rectangle select tool (shortcut: S) and crop (shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+X).
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    People come from around the world to hike there, but it's one of those things I certainly take for granted. Really should appreciate it a lot more. Thanks for the rep' -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Someone has asked for a t-shirt design with antique brass font ... still unsure which one I prefer ? Any thoughts folks ? Easy when it's for yourself, but not so for others
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    @JulioCoolio ... many thanks. I'm glad you enjoy a look at my work ... it's not to everyone's taste so I'm happy to please 😁 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Something a bit different. PDN meets Incendia in more bouts of 'thinking and living'. Stem Cell
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    This is an old one that I don't think posted cause I didn't like it but something happened and I like it now. Its called 'The Hedge A children's guide to capitalism'
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    @Max @Helen Thank you and congrats on your wins! I consider myself group-hugged!