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  1. I just updated to the official 3.5 version and have immediately come across a weird bug. It relates to using the either the Rectangle or Circle select, followed by resizing the selection using the 'Move Selection' tool, followed by switching to the 'Move Selected Pixels tool and trying to resize using maintaining the aspect ration (by holding the Shift button while resizing). Steps to reproduce: 1. Open Paint.NET (v3.5) 2. Choose the 'Paint Bucket' :PaintBucketTool: tool and fill the entire canvas black 3. Choose the 'Rectangle Select' tool 4. Make a rectangle selection, anywhere on the canvas 5. Choose the 'Move Selection' Tool and change the size of the selection 6. Now, switch to the 'Move Selected Pixels' Tool 7. Holding the [shift] key, now try and resize the selection (maintaining the aspect ratio) Expected result: When you make a rectangle selection and then change the size of the selection, when you switch to the Move Selected Pixels tool and hold the shift key, it should revert to the aspect ratio of the initial selection (before you started resizing) and only adjust that selection. Observed result: While the aspect ratio of the initial selection is maintained, and it appears that you are changing the initial selection, the pixels from the resized selection are removed from the canvas. Try holding the shift key and continually changing the selection size, you will see the final resized selection as a blank space in the canvas. This now has the result of deleting the final selection as well as resizing the initial selection - which is different from the behaviour pre-3.5 and I believe constitutes a bug. I can provide some screenshots demonstrating the issue, if this cannot be reproduced on other systems. -CJ Additional Info: OS = Windows XP Professional - SP3
  2. Looks pretty good; I like the colours and highlights in the tiled background. Just a couple of pieces of constructive criticism: Ladybirds (or Ladybugs) generally have a symmetrical pattern on their wings, so it would have been better to pattern one side and mirror it. It seems like the splatter patterns are a bit flat compared to the curvature of the wings as if you put them on after you highlighted them; the highlights and shading should also affect the splatter pattern. Also, the head of the bigger bug seems a little blurred. Just my opinion of how you could make this even more realistic, or to incorporate into future pieces. Keep up the good work. -CJ
  3. I assume you are not claiming to have created this image yourself (see here), rather that you have made some 'enhancements'! That being the case, this should probably be in the 'manipulation' gallery, and you should reference your source material. That being said, the 'enhancements' are subtle, but effective; nice work. -CJ
  4. Thanks for the comments, folks; much appreciated. Chuffed that you've enjoyed my latest stuff.
  5. Thanks guys, appreciate the comments; glad you liked it.
  6. Nothing for 6 months, then two in two days...
  7. Nothing for 6 months, then two in two days...
  8. ^^Click visit my deviantart page and download full 1920x1080 HD version ^^
  9. ^^Click visit my deviantart page and download full 1920x1080 HD version ^^
  10. The original photo is an ideal candidate for cropping by 'rule of thirds' as the composition places the main object in the centre of the field. There are a couple of ways this could be cropped; the way you have done, placing the bird on the right of the frame. Alternatively, I kinda like what's going on in the other half of the picture, with the flamingo in the background; this also gives the image some more depth, so you could crop it with the main object on the left... Either way probably enhances the composition of the image, it's really a personal choice.
  11. Discovery Channel Simpsons or Family Guy?
  12. Manchester United => Entertained Chums
  13. A little too simple for my tastes, but nicely done. 7.5/10
  14. That's strange, I didn't notice anything like that when I did it! From top to bottom: 1. Original fire effect 2. Alpha Masked on black background (I duplicated the layer 4 times then merged down, adjusted the Hue +20) 3. Same as 2, on a Blue background 4. Same as 2, on a Green background As far as I can see, there is very little difference from the original. I think your problem is being caused by saving the image as a .GIF - as this format does not like transparency very much. Try saving the final image as .PNG and see how you get on. -CJ
  15. After running the 'Fire' effect, you could try running the Alpha Mask plugin without picking a mask file; this will make the background transparent. Although this does remove some of the whispy bits of the fire, you can duplicate the layer 4 or 5 times and this will restore most of the original look.
  16. Thank you all, glad you enjoyed the gallery; comments are always appreciated.
  17. First of all, you said "Started out with Paint". I assume you mean Paint.NET, and not MS Paint? 'Gravity' is an effect plugin, you don't open it with Paint.NET. Once downloaded copy the .dll file to the Paint.NET effects folder, usually found at c:program files/paint.net/effects. If you have any problems, take a look at BoltBait's tutorial on installing plugins. Open Paint.NET and open your chosen picture (either from a saved location, or copy/paste from a browser search). Then follow the tutorial steps - the last step is to apply the 'Gravity' plugin by accessing Effects>Distort>Gravity. Hope this helps.
  18. Here's a wallpaper I put together yesterday and originally posted in the official StarTrekMovie forum. ^Click to view and download full 1600x1200 wallpaper^ It uses images extracted from the official wallpapers and movie trailer, available on the official site I've been promoting the use of Paint.NET throughout my posts in the Star Trek forum, and several users have started posting work also done with PDN.
  19. ^ Click to visit deviantART and download the full 4200 x 1400 version ^ A panoramic view of London, created by stitching four separate photographs together. It's not the familiar sites of London, as the view is from atop a building in St. John's Wood, looking south-west. The source shots were taken with my trusty Nokia N95 and it's superb 5mp camera. Enjoy.
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