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  1. A better option (in my opinion) would be to use the Alpha Mask plug in. Helio describes how to use it in this post. It can be downloaded from the plug in section. I've learned how to use it recently and it does a really good job.
  2. Nesk, I downloaded the plugin a while ago but just got round to looking at it last night. Bob, I had seen that thread before but had forgotten all about it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I followed the instructions and got the effect no problem with both an image and text. It was the transparency bit that was flummoxing me. Got it now though. Just one question: KrisVDM in his instructions says 'now duplicate this layer (Ctrl-Shift-D) (optional).' I tried this but could not see the benefit of it. Could someone please enlighten me. Many thanks. Glynn.
  3. The title says it all really. I tried looking in the help section but there was no mention of drop shadows in the 'effects' menu section.
  4. Nice tips guys. I didn't know about this one.
  5. Boltbait, you were right, I was doing 'Image > Flip'. Anyway I managed to make a rather crappy (to say the least!) heart: Embarrassing, I know but I'm not sure of the correct procedure. Too much free hand work with the eraser etc to make it any good, but it was the only way I could think of doing it. Thus, I was wondering if any of you experienced PDN guys could put a tutorial up on how to make a heart frame and put a photo in it as in the one earlier in this thread. I think it would be really useful for us less experienced users, especially if the principles could be applied to make other shaped frames as well. I'm videoing my friend's wedding next month and it would be a nice touch to include a photo of him and his wife in a nice frame which I've made. Glynn.
  6. Thank you Cornipsus. I've got that now. So I draw a circle (just to keep it simple) on the left of my transparent layer, then I duplicate that layer and flip it horizontally but the circle still moves over to the right leaving nothing on the left. How come, if I've drawn a circle on left of a transparent layer, then duplicated that layer (which I presume gives me an identical layer on top - transparent layer with a circle on the left), then flip that layer, the circle on the left still disappears and I only end up with one on the right? Surly the circle on the left should still be visible through the transparent duplicate layer which I've just flipped? This is really confusing me and I know it's something that is going to be really simple and I'm looking stupid, but I can't see it. Anyway, I've been trying to do this for over an hour and getting nowhere, so I'm off to bed. I think that PDN is great, but I get so frustrated at my lack of comprehension sometimes!
  7. If I make the layer transparent (checkerboard) by going to Layer Properties and unchecking 'visible' or making the opacity 0, then try and draw something on it, I can't see what I've drawn. No lines are visible. Is this the right way to make a layer transparent?
  8. I actually managed to do this one. Must be easy!
  9. I tried but it's rubbish! Did the circle then the line, duplicated the layer and did the horizontal flip but it just went to the right side of the canvas and disappeared from the left. No sign of a heart shape. I just don't get it. And it's only black and white. I have no idea how to get the shape or the colours.
  10. Helio, just wondering how you made the heart frame? Sorry to be a pain (again!) but could you put up a brief resume. Thanks. Glynn.
  11. Well, I've had a look at both methods suggested above. The feathering effect does not give enough of a blending effect even on 5 pixels, though it does improve the edged of the pasted image hugely. I've been trying for the past hour or so to blend the edges using the gradient process but for some reason cannot get my head round it. Do I need to do each edge on a new layer? I'm sure it will 'click' at some point but it ain't yet. Can anyone point me in the right direction here with the gradient method? Thanks. Glynn.
  12. Thank you Jeremy. I'll give that a look too. I've just been having a look at the gradient method. Tricky (for me being new to this) but hopefully I'll get the hang of it.
  13. Thanks for the quick response Helio. It sounds just the ticket. I'll try it out later when I've got the chance. That's a great signature by the way! Can I be a pain and ask how you did it? I'm looking to do one eventually, but being new to this, don't really know where to start to achieve something like yours. Thanks. Glynn.
  14. Can anyone tell me the best way of blending/blurring edges of images into the background? What I would like to do is create a nice background using various effects then cut out pieces of other images such as faces, cars or whatever and put these onto the background. As you know, it's not easy to get the edges of the images you are cutting out perfect, so blending just the edges with the background will help get over this, plus I think it will be a nice effect if done well. I just thought of another question relating to the above. When I've been messing around with cutting bits of images and pasting them onto a background, I found that I could move around the image I've just cut to get it in the right place, but ones that I've cut and pasted previously seem to be fixed. Is there any way of moving around the previously cut and pasted images as there is with the current on that's just been cut or copied? Hope that makes sense! Thanks. Glynn.
  15. |_Memphis_| To be honest, I don't really know how I got so much light in my first image. I followed the instructions in the first post as best I could. But then again that's what I thought I did with the second one and they're pretty different from each other. The only thing that I know I did differently with the second one was to render the clouds a few more times (Ctrl + F) which made the effect more flame like. Oh, and in the first one, I had thee layers with the text being on a separate layer from the background and clouds. I just wish I could have got the brightness of the first image into the second one. More experimentation required I think and I've also spent hours messing around with the program too and probably barley scratched the surface.
  16. Thanks for the reply Firefly. This one's a bit more flame like but not bright enough. Experimentation is the key I think.
  17. I actually managed to do this one no problem. Nice clear instructions, easy for a 'noob' like me to follow! Thanks. Glynn
  18. Here's my effort: I am new (and I mean new!) to this so I've got a couple of questions: 1. How do I keep the background black as in the original post? 2. How do I make the text more flame-like. It's just really a bright glow. 3. I did this with three layers - background, text and cloud layer. Should I have done it with two layers - background and text on the same layer and then the cloud layer? Finally, I followed the instructions as best as I could which took a couple of hours(!) because, being new to this, I'm not familiar with the program. But I haven't a clue what I was doing and could not see the logic because of my lack of knowledge. I'm mainly trying to get into this to create unique backgrounds for titles, menu background etc for my video editing. Anyway, thanks for looking and any advice will be much appreciated. Glynn.
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