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  1. Welcome to the forums. That's easy enough, all you had to do was CTRL+A to select the whole image on the active layer, hold your right-mouse button and drag it to the left or right to rotate the whole image. When using any of the selection tools (Rectangular select, Lasso select, Ellipse select), you can click on Move Selected Pixels tool then hold your right-mouse button and drag it to the left or right to rotate the selection. You may also try the Advanced Rotate plugin as part of this plugin pack.
  2. Thanks for the tutorial. Additionally, if you want smaller and finer, sand-like dissolving particles, you can duplicate the layers with the scattering particles on, go to Effects>>Distort>>Frosted Glass and play around with the maximum and minimum scatter radius. I have gotten to use the built-in Frosted Glass effect for sand-like dissolving textures and I think, that built-in plugin needed some love and would make this technique even better.
  3. I love the transparent selection feature of MS Paint because it could do me wonders before I learned Paint.NET and how to work with layers. Basically, I have a background image opened on one MS Paint window and lets say an image of a person opened on another MS Paint window which I would trace out and make sure that it is completely surrounded by white before copy-pasting it to the background image with the transparent selection enabled on both windows. There was jaggedness of course because MS Paint does not have a good feathering feature (but I know a technique how to do some of it on MS Paint). It makes a lot of sense on a program like MS Paint that has no layer support. However, I think a variation of this "transparent selection" idea may just be useful on some situations like for moving text on the same layer. Because if I create a selection on a single letter and use the Move Selected Pixels tool to move that letter, the boundaries of my selection would force transparency on anything else outside that it touches, including other letters. I have encountered this quite a number of times, that I had to create another layer, paste my single letter there so I could move it freely without distorting the other letters. I think it would be an OK addition to "Move Selected Pixels" tool.
  4. Try Boltbait's Plugin pack. There is a plugin there called Remove Dust. That should help with reducing the grain. Once installed, Remove Dust should be under Effects>>Photo.
  5. What I would do is manually erase the gray near the "headshine" using the Eraser tool but with really low Hardness. Lets say 0 hardness on the Eraser tool. This makes erasing very smooth around the radius of your Eraser so you could retain that "headshine". Carefully erase every bit of gray that surrounds the "headshine" so erase the gray around the shoulders and the woman's hand as well. And when the area surrounding the "headshine" is totally devoid of any gray, use the Magic Wand to select the rest of the gray wall for deletion. Adjust your Tolerance as IRON67 suggests and see which percentage gives the most pleasing result of not including the areas you don't want to delete.
  6. I have been using PDN now far more than MS Paint but I disagree with such a move even though I'm still on Windows 7 and not Windows 10. Learn MS Paint and you can still do some good stuff with it. I was an MS Paint hero before my introduction to PDN so I have sentimental concerns about this. Think about it, you are on Windows 10 that now came with the new update, you are offline, you cannot download other image editors from any online stores of some sort and all you need was to paste and save a screenshot frm your clipboard or crop an image. You got stuck because MS Paint is no longer there. How terribly inconvenient. Its now one of those things that I wish MS hadn't removed like Windows Media Center, Windows Movie Maker and the graphical method of creating an adhoc network that was last seen on Windows 7. The Start Menu and Start button were as well but backlashed on MS so they had to put those two back.
  7. The portable mode is what intrigues me on this when I read about the v.4.0.17. Will wait for feedback from the others though.
  8. Some simple and effective technique there Madjik. Great results on PDN without the complicated masks like some would do on Photoshop.
  9. Yes its possible. I'd imagine black and white image of a face then create an empty layer on top of it. On this empty layer, manually paint the areas of the face with different colors, using a really soft brush. Apply a Gaussian blur to improve the color blending then change the blending mode of that layer. Something like Multiply or maybe Color Dodge will do. I guess you'll have to see it for yourself.
  10. What I would do on the first picture is manually copy-paste segments of those torn away pieces of the face, manual rotate and position those in random places. On the second picture, it would help if you have an existing rough texture, I'd just add a layer on top of it then paste a black and white image of a face on this empty layer, manually position it, lower that layer's opacity and experiment which blending mode works best and see if it mimics that effect.
  11. These works seriously need to be promoted to the PDN hall of fame. These are just above amazing.
  12. Well IMHO, the zooming option in XPs Paint is terrible. I prefer the Windows 7 Paint because it has a zoom slider at the bottom right and the ribbon interface works in it for me. Plus there are more fun shapes, brush styles and fill options. In fact, I have gained some skill with Windows 7's Paint and have made a video of it. If you watch the whole video, I was able to achieve quite some tricks with it. There is another trick I have discovered with Windows 7's Paint that was not on the video and that I haven't yet publicly shown. But few months later after I made that video, I was challenged to start using layers so that's when I started really toying with Paint.NET and discovered the wonderful world of using layers and plugins that were otherwise not possible to do on MS Paint (where some work required me to use two Paint windows). That made my life easier and my projects more neat and complex. Another drawback if I haven't made the move is that any of Microsoft's Paint versions don't have the API (application programming interface) to expand its current features or abilities such as plugins that you can install on programs like Photoshop, GIMP and Paint.NET. And I was glad that I opened my mind to other possibilities. I thought I was some sort of MS Paint guru but putting that against a skilled Paint.NET user, its a far cry. Excellent art is still very possible for MS Paint and anyone can still freely choose this above others but in terms of effects and tools that distort and modify objects to make it look like something else, Paint.NET wins by a margin. I guess we are all entitled to what we believe of how our work should be done but its another thing entirely to insist that our belief should correspond to what others think when they have found debatable solutions that are easier and more effective to them. And its rather healthier if we are all learners in our stance and open to new ideas than be entitled with a feeling of ascendancy to impose upon other people's preference. Good luck.
  13. Simply lowering the opacity of the layer from the Layer Properties can produce a glass-like effect on any solid or opaque layer. Also experiment with blending modes.
  14. I am personally used to tracing out things with a soft eraser if I don't feel like using the magic wand. The soft eraser makes soft edges too. Additionally, I would recommend a plugin called AA's Assistant for trace-out works to smooth the edges and because this plugin is also used very frequently on tutorials. AA's Assistant is found as part of this plugin pack.
  15. They are awesome. I love the fact that they are PDN-made and that the tutorials have made interesting paperback covers. Been reading some books lately and I also wonder hoe the covers were designed. What font are those?
  16. I have found out that Laplacian Pyramid Filter plugin could be of good help to this method of HDRs. Its now one of my favorite plugins.
  17. Well thanks Beta0, Maximillian and LionsDragon. I assume those guys in the printshop use pre-amde elements on their work cause they needed it done fast but there is no denying that Photoshop has an advantage with polished fonts. I am well capable of those font styles they use on PDN but it would be a little more crude I believe. But as a PDN artist, I start from scratch and I take pride in that. As of now, I havent come up with anything yet cause when he called me days ago, he told me that the list of participants are not even complete and final yet. And I need the list so I can fit them into the canvass and see what works best. I have an outdated digital camera, served me well for almost 6 years now and so I used it on another wedding event last Tuesday as an unofficial photographer when I later had a most hilarious moment at the hall with the bridesmaid who happen to have caught the flower bouquet with maybe 3 dozen people present. I have traced out selected flower images from the photography into PNGs that I plan to use on the card. @LionsDragon You are very right with vector graphics. They are well too smooth and fine for us to replicate on PDN. Their neatness is such a must have for design.
  18. Yes, the soft brush with varying opacity is a great tool. I think its potential is underrated. I like how 3Dish you made the shadows and highlights with the simple step. This is a forerunner to digital painting in Paint.NET. What the technique was able to achieve on your daughter's picture makes me think of an impressionist painting.
  19. @Beta0 Yes, like the "brochure" link you just posted. That's what I am most likely to do if I actually got to design it because its very simple and I have done that before in MS Publisher. However I had the feeling, that they might have somebody else design it. I didn't feel good about myself because those guys in the printshop seem to be doing a more polished product with Photoshop.
  20. @Beta0 I have made some birthday cards before, shown on my gallery but I suppose my collage and bright-colors design is too cheesy now to begin with. I wanted something new as if it were done by another artist yet professionally competent. So I went to a print shop today and inquired, pretending to be interested by their work but actually picked up a few ideas and about what we could expect with the price range. I think I should settle with 8.5x11 as I only need to design two pages for the front and back which you could then fold into threes. A bunch of scented, design embossed, peach colored paper should do the trick even more. Then they should probably find some people with fine dexterous hands to do the ribbon cutting to wrap the cards as if they were presents. But I saw the guys in there working with Photoshop. They had these layouts, well fitted and very clean looking fonts. I did not feel good about myself. Some very useful Info there @Maximilian. I did not even know about the Flourish plugin. I will try it now.
  21. Thanks for the advice Beta0. I did not know there was a setting in MS Publisher that converts the printing method to CMYK which most if not all the print shops in our town use. Some useful links by the way. Most if not all of them do not use Publisher so if I intend to have something printed I'd just bring a 300 dpi PNG because its possible to make Publisher export your finished work into a PNG or even a PDF that I once did on a document that was printed on one of those shops. I guess I could sort out the paper size later. Perhaps a design and layout suggestion would be great for now. Thanks.
  22. I have been to a printshop and will check another. I pretended to be inquiring things but I'm actually trying to get an idea. I was hoping that someone had something much better in mind and I don't want to start from pre-made templates. Also, these guys use Photoshop so they are of another graphics religion. I was thinking, I either do it all on PDN or its a PDN+MS Publisher combo as I have gained some skill with that underrated program as well and export it to a 300 dpi PNG for maximum quality.
  23. Hello there, so my mate asked me to design a wedding invitation card for him so I kept asking him about the paper size to which he replied last night that its up to me. I want to create a unique wedding invitation card and I want it to be purely PDN and he told me that they're on a peach color motif. I want every single element to be PDN and if I were to use some decorative images, I would want to pull them from the images I took myself. Well I have to download a third party font suited for the design though. So can anyone suggest something very neat and elegant and also the ideal paper size? I also want to have filigrees in it entirely PDN. If I had time, I want it rather a bit ambitious because this guy's a real close friend to me. Thanks.
  24. I do experiment with different blendning modes, sometimes one blending mode on top of the other. I like adjusting the layers to various opacities so the overall effect they have becomes more subtle and not too imposing (for example, some blending modes can make the image too saturated). For the work that I have done, I think Multiply and Overlay with various opacities have done a great deal for me. I'm also quite dependent on the Curves/Curves+ and Levels tools to get the tone, shadows, midtones and highlights adjusted till my eye like them.
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