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About Marilynx

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    New Orleans, LA, USA
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    SCD Cooking, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Writing, Image Creation

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  1. Now THAT is a definite possibility. I could either stay with the three ring, or revert back to the double ring so there are both colors, and then see what I can come up with for a symbol. Rosettes could be rice. I could also use rat silhouettes.....
  2. I did consider that, but I'm doing this in 300 dpi, and it needs to be a specific size. Therefore, if I add on the inside, I lose space. If I add on the outside, it becomes too big.
  3. So my Harper Dachs got his Master Barn Hunt Champion X3 title last weekend. I always do a Title picture for them -- my Boy is the first standard Dachshund in the US and Canada to achieve RATCHX, RATCHX2 and RATCH X3. When I did his RATCH, I circled it with blue, for "First Place." For his RATCHX, I used purple, which is the color used in Conformation for Winner's Dog or Winner's Bitch. For his RATCHX2. I used one purple and one blue circle. For the RATCHX3, I used two purple circles and one blue circle. He's working on his RATCHX4. If I keep adding circles, I'll run out of space for the pix of Harper, a Rat, and his new title! I'm trying to think what I could use. (PS, yes, I know some of the pix of Harper and the rats aren't the best. Harper's pix are clipped from action shots against a deadly background of wheat straw, which is all but impossible to remove , especially if he's got straw scattered in his coat. My ratties don't wanna hold still for their pix.) Any thoughts for how I can continue this series?
  4. Actually, I found PDN when looking for something to do courses on. Funny thing, Windows Paint just didn't cut it. I do Barn Hunt practices, and I'm regularly doing stuff like this. It was only after I started playing with it that I found out how many OTHER cool things I could do with it! What I like is the ability to turn on and off the layers -- that way, all the layers can be numbered and labeled and there's no confusion on the part of the volunteers who help put the course together for those of us running in the sport. All of that is in one file! And even better, it's easy for Susan to print to PDF so she can email the courses to whichever club she is judging. Harper's official name is Grand Champion Champion Koradox A Guinness-n-Harp of Pramada, Barn Hunt Master Champion X2. He is the first standard Dachshund in the US and Canada to achieve the RATCHX2 title. So he has beauty, brains, and a NOSE!
  5. Well, (sigh) Barn Hunt has a new set of rules going into effect on 1 June, so I get to re-do my templates and book on using PDN for Barn Hunt as they have All New Requirements. In the meantime, however, I thought you folks might find this course file, done by Judge Susan Kelly for the New Year's Barn Hunt in Downsville, LA. I created the template, which is in the process of being simplified, and Susan created the course. Alas, I can't upload the PDN file, because it's too large. So I am uploading screenshots of each layer of Susan's course. I am adding a link to a video of my Harper Dachshund (Grand Champion Champion Koradox A Guinness-n-Harp of Pramada, Barn Hunt Master Champion X2) running the course. (You may ignore the handler -- just admire the beautiful Dachshund.) At the Master / Champion level, there are a random number, from 1-5, of rats hidden in safety tubes on the course. The remainder of the tubes are filled with used litter, so that it is necessary for the dog to distinguish between a rat's nest, and the actual rat. It is up to Harper to find and indicate the rats, do a tunnel, and do a climb, and then indicate to me, "Hey, Missy, I found them all!" He must do this on a course which is, in this case 19' x 35' and up to three bales high. He has 4.5 minutes to do it in. PDN, with its tremendously flexible layers, allows a Judge to create all the various levels for a course and print out construction sheets for the course builders. In creating the template for the Judge, in addition to PDN itself, I used Kris Vandermotten's Gridlines plug-in. I can't, for the life of me, remember if the Cloud Callout is part of PDN or another plug-in. Harper's 7th RATCHX2 Run (3 rats) Please note -- my husband is NOT a videographer!
  6. This (putting the name of the font, points, etc. etc.) on the layer name is one of those things which is so OBVIOUS when you see it spelled out, and cause for striking the forehead with the heel of the hand and a mutter of "Well, DUH! Why didn't I think of that?"
  7. My sole objection to the new icons is that I just finished a 50+ page How To Use PDN To Make Barn Hunt Maps -- with literally hundreds of illustrations, and now I will have to re-do all those illustrations because I know the intended audience, and most of them won't be able figure out that THIS icon in my illustrations is THAT icon in the current program. For me, personally, yeah, I'll get used to it. But the weeks and weeks of work to redo the How Tos is not something I am looking forward to.
  8. I would very much enjoy seeing a Northern Lights tutorial. I can think of a number of things I could use it for. Those voices in your head... sometimes they're the only ones giving you intelligent discussion! I could spend all my time playing with PDN.
  9. I'm a little hesitant about using in-development stuff. Because if something goes wrong, I won't be sure if it was a bug, or if I did something stupid. Remember: just because you're paranoid doesn't mean the universe ISN'T out to get you.
  10. Oh, eminently useful. On 1 December (after I finish NaNoWriMo), I will dive in. Thank you!
  11. Phew! I need a strong cup of tea to revive me after just READING all that. I am not sure what I will need after attempting to DO it. This is something I want to learn to do. But first I have to finish my 40+ page tutorial on using PDN for Barn Hunt, and the four tutorials on building courses for each of the Barn Hunt levels. And write 2000 words a day. Thank you for your time on that!
  12. Oh, my WORD! That is just PERFECT! I have DL the brushes. I have DL and installed the plug-in. But what NOW? I hate the assumption that I know how to use something like Photoshop brushes....
  13. Thanks, Pixey! I love watching these videos, but I do so wish there was a written tutorial to go with them. I just can't follow the directions quickly enough! That is such a fascinating effect... I am going to have to play with Liquify.
  14. So, I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year. I like to create a quick "cover" for it to post on the site. I'm swiping two shots of the London Tube during WWII and splitting them diagonally across the picture. I want to add a Faerie Gate in the middle. And have a "northern lights" effect swirling across the Gate and the diagonal line where the two Tube pix meet. The effects I'm after would be similar to the two photos below. I'm thinking a combination of blurs, Gaussian, Fragment, and Motion, and maybe some Glow? Likely several layers to be later flattened together. I'm just not sure where to start.