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  1. Please do not percieve me as being rude or anything, all respect to Rick, but this is not the place for such discussions. You're more then welcome to join us via my www link and discuss this further there. Kind Regards, Kirk.
  2. Sorry it's taken me a while to respond Madjik, been sooo busy with new template designs I aint hardly had time to do much else. Thanks for your suggestion , alas, I needed the web to look life-like if you follow me, it was for a personal request from a group of individuals in Maine, USA. I got it all sorted in the end. Your compliment is heartily recieved Cosswalker, thankyou
  3. Superb tutorial, I've been using this method to create the click-link images on my site for a while. Now I've figured out how to create the 3d software box my site will look even better, nice one Buzzkill, thanks. My new software boxes will look like this: Of course, the download click-link images will take a time to update as I must now create new images for all the Interfaces, it'll be worth it, nice one mate!
  4. Hey Crosswalker, many many thanks for the excellent advice, as I stated, I'm no so great at mouse drawing but this is what I ended up with after following your guidance: By far and wide far superior result to my earlier effort, I appreciate you help immensely, thank you. Regards, Kirk
  5. Hi all, hope you're all well. I'm hoping someone can please help me out here. I'm well stumped, not having a graphics tablet and having to try and generate my own graphics for templates is becomming a real headache. I'm trying to create a realistic cobweb graphic to use as a semi-transparent background for the text input of a new template. I'm trying to get my free templates added to the phpBB database, all the graphics have to be my own in order that I can do so. This is what I've managed to create thus far: As you can all see, it really doesn't look much like a cobweb as yet, but it's as close as I'm able to get. Does anyone have any hints or suggestions on getting this image to look more realistic. I'm far from idle with my attempts to get on with things by myself, check out FreeStyles forum, the default template is designed using my own graphics created using paint dot net for background images, the buttons I created using fireworks and jasc animator. I wouldn't be here taking up peoples valuable time if I hadn't got stuck, I'm really hoping someone here can point me in the right direction. Be well and stay safe all, regards, Kirk.
  6. phpBB has been taken into overdrive by these guys: http://ptifo.clanmckeen.com I run 3 seperate forums using phpBB software, one I've been running since 2001, one I've more recently setup using CH216. This forum software is free and has a full self-installation package available. Rick, it's worth visiting Pierre's forum, ask a few questions, it's better to have more options open to you mate :wink:
  7. A very interesting look you've created there crosswalker, I wonder if you would consider attempting the same effect on the new version of this image. I've opted to do more work on standard phpBB templates as well as the categories Hierarchy templates. All the templates I generate are FREE so any help I can get is simply marvellous. I've setup a new area on my ST server, the Honour template is the default there, you're welcome to access the image from the forum index if you are willing to give that a go. The ST phpBB area is here: http://www.secureterra.org/phpBB2/ It's barren as hell there right now, I'm just now setting it all up, any fresh ideas are always welcomed!
  8. That is absolutely fantastic that you went all out for me right there, I am honoured, no pun intended! Now I've seen what you did I am reminded of art stuff I messed around with back in my college days, it's so obvious now I've seen it again. You're an absolute star. Please consider taking the time to visit FreeStyles and have a look around, your skills would prove invaluable there! This is the banner using the sliced image you generated and a clean version of the sword: Excellent, together we have achieved exactly that which I was trying to accomplish. Many many thanks.
  9. Not an entirely bad suggestion, but this image functions as a stand alone png image as click link logo on one of FreeStyles forum templates. Giving the image a background image would utterly destroy the original purpose of its creation. I appreciate your input though, many thanks.
  10. The glow around the finished image was necessary to diffuse the muck around the image. The image was put together using 'two' seperate images, I opened the sword image then imported the text image as a new layer and saved them as a singular png image. I then used the rectangle select tool and cut out a portion of the combined images and saved the cut out section as a seperate image. I then re-opened the sword image and imported the cut section as a new layer, I repeated this process until the image was completed. Yes, sadly the text image suffered terribly during this process, the constant saving and opening of these images has resulted in data loss somewhere along the line. Ideally I would like to be able to use a tool which was capable of producing the combined image by using the two seperate images. The whole cut and paste process resulted in severe pixel degradation on the text image and some how also resulted in a really infuriating fuss around the swords blade. You can see here from the original sword image roughly the kind of result I ended up with after my cutting and pasting. The original sword image: That is actually how I got the original sword image, I cleaned it up significantly before proceeding. Alas, the same kind of muck re-emerged after the cut and pasting 'but' it was a blended muck between the blade and the text image. The white glow is an act of sheer desperation to tidy the image up!
  11. Warm Greetings to one and all. I need to discover if there is a better way of creating one image I've created using paint.net. This is the image I have created: It is put together by cutting and pasting sections from these two seperate images: I've been going stir crazy searching the net for guides on how to better create the image I've put together. I design phpBB & CH forum templates, I actually use paint.net extensively for my graphics, a fantastic software package, can't fault it in truth. I'm wondering if there is something I can do with layers to generate a more professional looking image than the one I've generated using cut and paste! Any guidance and advice would be very much appreciated, thank you for taking the time to read my topic. Be well & stay safe, Kirk.
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