Ego Eram Reputo

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  1. Your wife/significant other/partner/spouse doesn't read this forum do they? While I am enjoying this thread immensely, perhaps we are a just a little off-topic?
  2. You have my sympathies It must be intensely frustrating to be unable to view these images and see what people are going on about. The only other thing I can suggest trying is: 1. look out your window at a far off object. 2. now draw your focus to the window frame. 3. now back to the far object. 4. Feel what your eyes are doing? You need the far away focus, with the image reasonably near (40cm or so). Your eyes must be quite unique, I've never heard of independent focusing before. Does this ability it have any obvious benefits?
  3. I still have an actual binary abacus I made years ago to teach myself AND, OR, XOR and the other logic gates. Works a treat with MOD too
  4. I've always found the cross-eyed method a real strain on the eyes, but loved your images! Usually these dual image types are created by taking two photos of the same subject with the camera moving 100mm between frames. How did you manage that effect in PDN? Lots of math & spacing the different elements?
  5. Opacity of 45% using the range 0-255 is the same as: 255*45/100 or 255*0.45. Figuring this out (with a calculator) is infinitely preferable to changing the system that is also used for the color channels R,G & B. As an occasional plugin developer my vote is definately for the status quo. 0-255 is a binary thing that developers understand :wink:
  6. Why not just toggle the floating windows off? The "four-fingered-salute" involves pressing the four buttons F5, F6, F7 & F8 all at once to toggle the four windows off. Pressing the same four keys will toggle them back on again. Individual keys of course will toggle an individual window :wink:
  7. Thank you all for your kind words. It is very humbling to receive such wonderful comments. I have to admit to being quite stoked with the reactions thus far, especially David’s “tutorial of the year” comment! @Yellowman: Yes you’re absolutely right about the colored image, the letters and the depth. Re Sig: Yes I had considered this: viewtopic.php?p=251582#p251582 @ Mike: Glad this tutorial gave you some insights. It took a fair bit to work all this out & I’m pleased it has introduced something new for PDN users to play with. "One of the best tutorials?" Really? Wow! Thanks. @ Sharp & Pyrochild: Try these two viewing techniques: 1. Print out the image 2. Sit somewhere quiet & put the image up to your nose. Don’t attempt to focus on the image. 3. Slowly draw the image away from your face, again without trying to focus on the image itself. 4. If you get the image to arms length – you’ve missed it. Repeat the process. Alternatively: 1. Print out the image 2. Stand in front of your bathroom mirror. Focus your attention on your reflected eyes. 3. Slide the image up the mirror surface until it is in line with your eyes, try not to change the focus of your eyes from when you were looking at your reflection.
  8. ...and because the text is "fixed" once you have deselected the text tool or shifted the focus to another layer, it's a very good idea to get in the habit of always placing your text on its own layer. Now if you need to edit the text, it's a relatively painless process to delete the old layer and create a new one. If you have loads of text, keep a copy on a Word/Notepad document so you can simply cut-n-paste it into your image (when the texttool is active). [edit]There is also Simon Browns incredibly useful re editable text plugin: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=24685 [/edit]
  9. Stereogram Autostereogram Tutorial – by Ego Eram Reputo 29 March 2009 This tutorial is available as a free PDF. Click here to open or download the PDF Warning, this tutorial assumes: 1. You know how to MOVE an entire layer by a number of pixels left or right 2. You have installed & can use WEAVE and DENTS (not absolutely essential if you can create some other nice pattern for the background) 3. You can DUPLICATE , RENAME and MERGE layers 4. You know how to view a stereogram image What is a stereogram/autostereogram? An (auto)stereogram is an image which contains a hidden 3D image within it. Viewing the image in a certain way tricks the eyes into seeing the 3D image which appears to “pop out” of the original image. For more information: Stereogram (Wiki this) and/or Autostereogram (Wiki this) How do I view an (auto)stereogram? There are several ways to view the image in order to see the 3D image within. For more information: The Background Your background needs to be a pattern that repeats across the horizontal width of the image. Preferably the pattern should repeat four or more times across the width. In this tutorial I’m going to call the width of the repeating pattern (in pixels) the Phase. The phase determines the maximum width of an element that you can have “floating” in the foreground over the background. So you cannot have a floating element that is wider than the phase (well actually you can, but that is beyond this simple tutorial). If your floating image is say, text, make sure that each character is no wider than the width of the background phase. Here’s the background we’ll be using in this tutorial, (530 x 142 pixels) 1.Weave @ size 10 & 25 degrees 2.Dents @ Scale:156, Amount:16 & Quality:2 Now we make the background repeat across the horizontal width. To do this we are going to tile a strip 128 pixels wide across the width of the image. Here’s how: 3. Duplicate the layer 4. Select the top layer and move it to the right by 128 pixels (128 is our Phase = P). 5. Duplicate the top layer 6. Select the new top layer and move it right by 128 pixels 7. Repeat the duplication & moving steps (5 & 6) until the whole image has been tiled left to right in 128 pixel wide strips. 8. Merge all the layers from the top down into a single layer 9. Name this layer “Background” The Foreground Now we need something to “float” over our background (“They all float down here” – Pennywise ). For this simple example I’m going to use the characters ABC. 10. Add a new layer & rename it “Text”. 11. Select the text tool and a fairly large font and type the characters in black onto this new layer. Pick a font that is fairly thick and also a reasonable size. I’m using a font named Plump MT @ about 90px. Position the text slightly left of centre. Remember, the width of a letter should not exceed the image phase. 12. Select the letter C with the wand (Shift+S selects the wand tool then click on the letter C). 13. Invert the selection with Ctrl+I. 14. Duplicate the background layer and select the top of these two identical layers. 15. Rename this layer “Right-C” 16. Press delete to remove the previously defined selection. 17. Select the Move tool and move the Right-C layer to the right by 6 pixels. 6 pixels is an amount that can be varied later when you get familiar with this technique. Smaller shifts (say 3 or 4 pixels) will make your floating foreground elements appear nearer the background. 10 pixels would make the foreground appear further away from the background. Stick with 6 pixels for the duration of this tutorial. Testing, testing Now your stereogram will actually work. Turn off the visibility of the TEXT layer and view your stereogram with parallel eyes (tip: focus on the wall behind your monitor, or alternatively, focus on your reflection in the monitor surface). Keep at it until you can see the C floating above the background. But wait! There’s something wrong, right? :? Yep, there is a funny “inverted” C to the left of the floating foreground one. It should look like it’s sunken into, or is behind the background. Well spotted ? The technique I use to remove these artifacts is called “Backfilling”. Backfilling 18. Duplicate the Right-C layer. 19. Rename the lower of the two identical layers “Left-C x 1” 20. Select the Left-C x 1 layer 21. Move this layer left by the same number of pixels as the phase. In this case 128 pixels to the left. All done? Good, try viewing the image again. There still may be an artifact visible to the left, but further left that it was before. We need to backfill again, by another 128 pixels. So…., 22. Duplicate the Left-C x1 layer. 23. Select the bottom of these two identical layers. 24. Rename this layer “Left-C x 2”. 25. Move this layer to the left by 128 pixels (one phase). That should take care of the last artifact. View your image to make sure all the sunken in artifacts are really gone. That’s just so cool isn’t it? You can now merge the Right-C layer and all the Left-C layers together. 26. Select the Right-C layer and keep merging down until you have only the Text and Background layers remaining. Time for a B Now you need to repeat the right shift for the character B. 27. Make the text layer visible, and select that layer. 28. Select the letter B with the wand (Shift+S selects the wand tool then click on the letter . 29. Invert the selection with Ctrl+I. 30. Duplicate the background layer and select the top of these two identical layers. 31. Rename this layer “Right-B” 32. Press delete to remove the previously defined selection. 33. Select the Move tool and move the Right-B layer to the right by 6 pixels 34. Backfill the artifact B that appears in the image by first duplicating the Right-B layer 35. Rename the lower of the two identical layers “Left-B x 1” 36. Select the Left-B x 1 layer 37. Move this layer left by the same number of pixels as the phase (128 for this tutorial image). 38. If you’re really unlucky, you may have to backfill once more (creating and moving a layer called “Left-B x 2” in exactly the same way you did for the “Left-C x 2” layer [steps 22 to 25]). 39. Select the Right-B layer and keep merging down until you have only the Text and Background layers remaining. Now you should have a floating stereogram image of a B and C. Lastly, A Time 40. Make the text layer visible 41. Select the letter A with the wand (Shift+S selects the wand tool then click on the letter A). 42. Invert the selection with Ctrl+I. 43. Duplicate the background layer 44. Select the top of these two identical layers. 45. Rename this layer “Right-A” 46. Press delete to remove the previously defined selection. 47. Select the Move tool and move the Right-A layer to the right by 6 pixels 48. Backfill the artifact A that appears in the image by first duplicating the Right-A layer 49. Next rename the lower of the two identical layers “Left-A x 1” 50. Select the Left-A x 1 layer 51. Move this layer left by the same number of pixels as the phase. In this case 128 pixels to the left. As A is the left most letter, you shouldn’t need to backfill it. But check by viewing the stereo image just to be sure. If you do have an artifact, repeat the backfilling technique [steps 22 to 25 but for the letter A this time ] 52. Select the Right-A layer and keep merging down until you have only the Text and Background layers remaining. 53. Deselect the Text layer visibility. 54. Save the finished image! How uber-cool is that? Notes for the Wicked: 1. You can vary the depth of the letters by one or two pixels to make them appear at different depths from each other. 2. Don’t feel that your background has to be colorless either: Wicked or what?
  10. You're welcome! Glad we could help you out. Keep on using the search tool and asking questions. That's how we all learn from the people who know :wink:
  11. Try searching for feather. BoltBait also has a plugin that might help (feather selection) & there is another plugin called alphaspace which might be of interest. Edit: also look at Mike Ryans Alias Plugin
  12. Am I too late to recommend distort submenu?
  13. You're probably going to want to invert the colours of the negatives before any other image processing. The keyboard shortcut is Control + Shift + I. For more info: ... sMenu.html
  14. I have always been disappointed with the built-in forum search tool. So I usually default to this: @Kyronea: Use the link above and type in anti aliasing. The second result is the one you want :wink:
  15. Have you tried tweaking the wand's tolerance? Its the % figure in the wand toolbar, and it adjusts how much/little of the surrounding pixels are selected when you click.
  16. I don't recall a specific snow plugin, but a quick search found these threads detailing a couple of snow making techniques: viewtopic.php?p=211474#p211474 viewtopic.php?p=29759#p29759 Remember, his URL is your friend >>
  17. You posted this exact post just four days ago and it was immediately locked. Haven't you read the post that followed your original post?
  18. Try: Icon Archive although there are loads of others.
  19. Amen to what Minoeman just said. I don't want to repeat your abbreviation, but if it means what I think it does then you should remove it from this family friendly forum. Seriously.
  20. Yes, can do. And so can you :!: First, SEARCH for the "fire effect" plugin (by Tom Jackson). Read mini-tutorial in the opening post Download and install the plugin Open PDN Open your image Add a new layer Create the shape of your flame in black and then BLUR it Run the Fire plugin Any problems: FIRST read the entire thread where the plugin was posted :wink:
  21. You are most welcome! Don't forget that pressing F1 (with Paint.NET running) will take you to the online helpfiles - that is where that information on the gradient tool was located. There is a wealth of information there.
  22. 1. Select the gradient tool 2. On the toolbar, select the Linear (Reflected) icon (second from left) 3. Drag the start/finish nubs over the canvas (top to bottom). The gradient is drawn with the primary/secondary colors depending on which mouse button you use when you click and drag the nubs. Here's the link to the helpfile:
  23. Select the top most layer and merge sequentially down the list of layers. Sounds like you may have had the bottom layer selected, in which case there was nothing below it to merge the layer onto.
  24. A little offering from a year or two back Hidden Content: TrinaryDual Angels watch o’er a man Contesting his affections, Pull they not he in unison, Rending different directions. Fervently pray he one the stronger, And whisk away his heart, Lest it be torn betwixt asunder, And each receiveth but a part.
  25. Layers allow us to separate different elements of an image for independant editing of those elements. If you want to retain the possibility of editing individual layers at a later stage then simply save your image as a *.PDN. This native Paint.NET format preserves all the layer information (minus History :wink: ). If you're done editing and just want to combine/merge (aka "flatten") the layers you can either merge them together individually (there's an icon in the LAYERS window - hover over it for a tool tip), or use File>>Save as and specify a single layer image (*.GIF or *Jpeg for example). I use both these methods to save two versions of the image, the first is editable, and the second for use on websites or where ever.