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  1. These are 'reportedly' real explanations for accidents as reported by the claimants on insurance forms. "Going to work at 7am this morning I drove out of my drive straight into a bus. The bus was 5 minutes early." "The accident happened because I had one eye on the lorry in front, one eye on the pedestrian and the other on the car behind." (Thanks Sharon Burrows) "I started to slow down but the traffic was more stationary than I thought." "I pulled into a lay-by with smoke coming from under the hood. I realised the car was on fire so took my dog and smothered it with a blanket." Q: Could either driver have done anything to avoid the accident? A: Travelled by bus? The claimant had collided with a cow. The questions and answers on the claim form were... Q: What warning was given by you? A: Horn. Q: What warning was given by the other party? A: Moo. "On approach to the traffic lights the car in front suddenly broke." "I was going at about 70 or 80 mph when my girlfriend on the pillion reached over and grabbed my testicles so I lost control." "I didn't think the speed limit applied after midnight" "Windscreen broken. Cause unknown. Probably Voodoo." "The car in front hit the pedestrian but he got up so I hit him again" "The other car collided with mine without giving any warning of its intention." "I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way" "A truck backed through my windshield into my wife's face" "A pedestrian hit me and went under my car" "In an attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole." "I had been shopping for plants all day and was on my way home. As I reached an intersection a hedge sprang up obscuring my vision and I did not see the other car." "I was on my way to the doctor with rear end trouble when my universal joint gave way causing me to have an accident." "An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished." "I was thrown from the car as it left the road. I was later found in a ditch by some stray cows." "Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don't have." "I thought my window was down, but I found it was up when I put my head through it." "The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him." "I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident." "As I approached an intersection a sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before." "To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front I struck a pedestrian." "My car was legally parked as it backed into another vehicle." "I told the police that I was not injured, but on removing my hat found that I had a fractured skull." "I was sure the old fellow would never make it to the other side of the road when I struck him." "The pedestrian had no idea which way to run as I ran over him." "I saw a slow moving, sad faced old gentleman as he bounced off the roof of my car." "The gentleman behind me struck me on the backside. He then went to rest in a bush with just his rear end showing. " "I had been learning to drive with power steering. I turned the wheel to what I thought was enough and found myself in a different direction going the opposite way." "When I saw I could not avoid a collision I stepped on the gas and crashed into the other car." "The accident happened when the right front door of a car came round the corner without giving a signal." "No one was to blame for the accident but it would never have happened if the other driver had been alert." "The pedestrian ran for the pavement, but I got him." "I saw her look at me twice. She appeared to be making slow progress when we met on impact." "The accident occurred when I was attempting to bring my car out of a skid by steering it into the other vehicle."[/b]
  2. See if you can figure out what these symbols are supposed to mean. The answers are at the bottom...but take a guess before reading.
  3. Flat screen TV? Think again! The dangers of letting one go in a wetsuit. Danger - High Voltage Drive safely. I wonder what this dog's in for?
  4. They're all characters in the Webdings font. If you don't have it installed you can download it from Simply The Best Fonts -CJ
  5. I have a suggestion for a new feature related to the rotating of text while typing. I have searched the forum extensively to see if this has previously been requested and could not find any similar posts, but I'll apologise in advance if this has been requested before. While using the Text tool you can click on the crosshair nub to drag and reposition your text. I think it would be a great idea if you could also right-click on this nub and free-rotate the text at the same time. I understand that you can type your text on a new layer, select it and use the Move Selected Pixels tool to rotate. I just think it would be cool if you could freely rotate the text as you are typing it. This would save a little time and effort when placing angled test onto pictures and just make the Text tool a little cooler. I'd be interested to know if anyone else thinks this would be useful.
  6. Also, Caliph, Were you basing the circle size from the dimensions displayed in the info bar at the bottom of the screen?
  7. Caliph, Have you tried adjusting the zoom level? If you set this to 'Window' whatever your canvas size it'll comfortably fit into your screen at a size you can work with.
  8. This tut is great for more than just software/dvd boxes. I used the same techniques to fold a flat image of the take-away menu from my local pizza joint.
  9. Pascal, Try searching the 'Plugins' section of the forum. This contains links to many effect plugins that are not part of the PDN core program, plus instructions on how to download and install them. There's also a direct link to the Waves plugin in my tutorial for Curved Tile Texture
  10. tunedude, Can I suggest one small change to the UI. Your [Ok] and [Cancel] buttons are the opposite way round from all other UI dialogs within PDN. The Interlace UI has the [Cancel] button on the left and the [Ok] button on the right. As you can see from the attached picture all UI interfaces in PDN have them the other way around. It would be great if you could correct this in your next update of the plugin for the sake of consistency.
  11. Caliph, here is Europe's original instructions with some step-by-step screenshots to help you. 1. New Image (I’ve took 500x500) 2. Clouds 3. Repeat Clouds (Modus Difference) Your image should now look like this: 4. Pencil Sketch (Size 20, Range 20) Your image should now look like this: 5. Zoom Blur (100) Your image should now look like this: 6. Twist (Twisting amount 20, Quality 5) Your image should now look like this: 7. Duplicate Layer 8. Twist (Twisting amount -40, Quality 5) 9. Set Layer Mod to Lighten 10. Flatten Image Your image should now look like this: 11. Open Curves and colour the image 12. Save 13. Finished Hope this helps.
  12. This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it This is a very simple, straightforward use of a Distort plugin that produces a nice curved tile effect that can be used as a background as, when finished, it will tile perfectly. Moderator note: For the result shown by the author, use only the diamond gradient and finish off using the Rotate/Zoom Plugin with the tile box ticked. To create these curved tiles you will need the Waves plugin. (The Distortion and Ed-Harvry Effects plugins are optional.) - You need to start with a 1000 x 1000 square canvas (I've tried other sizes and this one produces the best results) - Make any design you wish on the canvas; not too intricate as most of the detail will be lost when we do the tiles - I put a very simple diamond gradient - Then EFFECTS > DISTORT > Dents: Scale 50, Amount 100, Turbulence 10. - Now, select EFFECTS > DISTORT > Waves: Radius 1000, X-effect 400, Y-effect 400. - Press CTRL+F to repeat the Waves - you should repeat somewhere between 10 and 20 times to achieve your desired level of detail. 10 x Waves 20 x Waves - Recolour your image by EFFECTS > ED-FECTS > Colour Tint. - You could also use ADJUSTMENTS > Curves and play with the RGB values to colour your image if you prefer. - You can now shrink your image to a size that will tile nicely across a background (Desktop or Webpage). - IMAGE > Resize: I made mine 150 x 150 This is what it looks like tiled across my desktop: You can also view this tutorial on my Googlepages
  13. Yata, Thanks for pointing this out. I have updated the original post accordingly.
  14. On your Canvas Size dialog there is a setting at the bottom called 'Anchor'. Yours is set to 'Top Left', hence your image is anchored to the top left corner. Change the anchor position to 'Middle' and your circle will be centred on the canvas.
  15. Thanks for the feedback. I have updated the original post with the instructions to deselect on the 'Top' and 'Middle' layers before each Radial Blur.
  16. Lukadad, I have posted a tutorial for simple, round, glass buttons like this: You can find it HERE. Hope this is kind of what you were looking for.
  17. This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it To complete this tutorial you will need to download and install the Drop Shadow plugin. Start with an 800 x 600 (default) canvas. Use the Ellipse Select tool and (holding the SHIFT key) drag a circle that has a Bounding Rectangle size of 400 x 400 pixels. IMAGE > Crop to Selection Set your Secondary Colour to completely transparent. IMAGE > Canvas Size: Select By Percentage with a setting of 125% (ensure the Anchor is set to 'Middle') You should now have a circle that is perfectly centred on your canvas. Set your Primary Colour to Dark Green - I used Hex: 00660A - and your Secondary Colour to White. Use the Magic Wand tool to select your white circle and use the Gradient tool, set on Radial, and use the right-mouse button to draw a gradient starting about 1/3 from the bottom of the circle up to the top. Duplicate the Background layer twice. Call the top layer 'Top' and the middle layer 'Middle'. Start with the 'Top' layer and choose the Move Selection tool (your circle should still be selected) and grab the top of your circle selection and begin dragging down until the height of the ellipse is 350px. Press Delete. Go to the 'Middle' Layer and us the Magic Wand to select the area outside the circle and CTRL+I to invert selection. Choose the Move Selection tool again and grab the top of the circle and drag down until the height of the ellipse is 250px. Delete. Go back to the 'Top' layer and EFFECTS > NOISE > Median: Radius 10, Percentile 0. Use the Magic Wand to select the outside area and CTRL+I to invert. Set your Primary Colour to White and Secondary Colour to Dark Grey. Fill the crescent White. Press CTRL+D to deselect then EFFECTS > BLURS > Radial Blur: Amount 2. Go to the 'Middle' layer and EFFECTS > NOISE > Median: Radius 10, Percentile 0. Use the Magic Wand to select the outside area and CTRL+I to invert. Choose the Gradient Tool and set it to Linear and draw a gradient (left-click) from the top of the crescent to the bottom. CRTL+D to deselect then EFFECTS > BLURS > Radial Blur: Amount 2. At this point select the the Background Layer and EFFECTS > BLURS > Radial Blur: Amount 2. On the 'Top' layer set the blending mode to Screen and adjust the Opacity to 100 (F4 to access Layer Properties). Repeat this on the 'Middle' layer. Create a new layer and call it 'Control'. Move the 'Control' layer down to above the background and below the 'Middle' layers. This is where you are going to put the text or image that relates to your button. I am going to make this a 'Refresh' button and will be using the "Webdings" font - letter 'q'. Select the Text tool and change the font to 'Webdings'. Increase the font size to 200 (you can do this by typing directly into the font size control). Click onto your image and type the letter 'q'. This should give you a 'Refresh' symbol. Use the control arrow to position the symbol in the centre of your button. EFFECTS > Drop Shadow: Offset-X 0, Offset-y 10, Blur Radius 10. Flatten the image and EFFECTS > Drop Shadow: same settings again. This tutorial is also available in my Googlepages
  18. I am relatively new to PdN and have only posted a handful of tutorials so far, but you are more than welcome to use any of them.
  19. Fabulous effect - great tut. I used some of these techniques (namely the twist and layer blending) to create this: So cool I think I'll use it as an Avatar.
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