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  1. This tutorial is still helpful to me, though it is almost six years old. If I may, I'd like to point out some advancements that have been made in more recent times. There is a certain photo editing software (that isn't Paint.NET... yet) that has intelligent upsampling with its Preserve Details feature. Before this feature's release, the software had the ability to upsample and fill in the missing pixels without scaling down the image size. However it relied on the bicubic smoother, which actually made the edges and the image on a whole too soft (rather than being super sharp and pixel-y). Now the Preserve Details feature does a really good job of filling in the missing pixel information while still remaining close to the original image quality. It's a thing of beauty. I will keep using this tutorial until this feature appears in Paint.NET. Perhaps I'll even be the one to write the plugin for this... in twenty years. (I'm a newbie at coding.) Thank you for all the help you've inadvertently provided me all of these years!
  2. I actually like how that turned out, actually. Maybe you used negation on the cloud effects instead of the layer? Either way, it turned out pretty cool. Try the plugin: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=25180 The plugin makes life much easier. This is what I was able to do with the plugin: Before, I couldn't get a hollow effect with the text. The plugin made life much easier.
  3. I would love to replicate that effect. I'm trying, but the hint you've provided still leaves me a bit puzzled. Would you be willing to PM me with full instructions on how you managed that? I mean, did you use gray to achieve the translucent wisps as well? The fire in the eyes is spectacularly done as well. This is amazing. As far as the plugin itself, thank you so much for creating it! It has greatly simplified the various fire effects I have been trying out for text, not to mention the various other effects that can come from it. I think it would be nice if it had an slider for the curve RGB levels so that one can adjust the color right then and there... other than that, I love it!
  4. Hint: Use dents Based on this hint, I have come up with these: I'm still playing around with all of the different effects I have available. I haven't been able to get the inside of the text to look more... hollow. Thank you! Hopefully this plugin will enable me to get the desired result (i.e. the hollow-like effect in the first image in this thread).
  5. I am using Windows XP SP2. I didn't know there was a SP3... until I saw this thread. I am reluctant to upgrade, however. Microsoft's newer products seem lower in quality on a whole, ranging from their Office Suite to their new operating system.
  6. I agree. I also had Googled it and consulted the help topic... the wording of the help topic is misleading. Had I not come across this thread, I would have uninstalled this program and discontinued my years of use of Paint.NET. I am glad that budu returned and cleared up the ambiguous wording of the document.
  7. Is this plugin meant to function with Paint.NET v3.22? When I try to use it, I get these error details: File: C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Outline Object.dll Effect Name: pyrochild.effects.outlineobject.OutlineObject Full error message: System.MissingMethodException: Method not found: 'Int32 PaintDotNet.ColorBgra.ToOpaqueInt32(PaintDotNet.ColorBgra)'. at pyrochild.effects.outlineobject.OutlineObject.OnCreatePropertyCollection() at PaintDotNet.Effects.PropertyBasedEffect.CreateConfigDialog() at PaintDotNet.Menus.EffectMenuBase.RunEffect(Type effectType) I am using Windows XP and I am running on 512mb RAM. I will try restarting my computer to see if that will help... Edit: I restarted my computer. That didn't help. Here's the details of the automatically generated file that popped up when Paint.NET crashed (after attempting to use this plugin): This text file was created because Paint.NET crashed. Please e-mail this file to paint.net@hotmail.com so we can diagnose and fix the problem. Application version: Paint.NET v3.22 (Final Release build 3.22.2933.24445) Time of crash: 9/15/2008 2:23:27 AM Application uptime: 00:29:11.6406250 OS Version: 5.1.2600.131072 Service Pack 2 Workstation x86 .NET Framework version: 2.0.50727.42 x86 Processor: 1x "IntelĀ® PentiumĀ® 4 CPU 3.20GHz" @ ~3192MHz (DEP, SSE, SSE2) Physical memory: 510 MB Tablet PC: no Updates: false, err Locale: pdnr.c: en-US, hklm: en-US, hkcu: n/a, cc: en-US, cuic: en-US Loaded assemblies: mscorlib, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089 @ C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\mscorlib.dll PaintDotNet, Version=3.22.2933.24445, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\PaintDotNet.exe System.Windows.Forms, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089 @ C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\System.Windows.Forms\\System.Windows.Forms.dll System, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089 @ C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\System\\System.dll System.Drawing, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a @ C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\System.Drawing\\System.Drawing.dll PaintDotNet.Core, Version=3.22.2933.24442, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\PaintDotNet.Core.dll PaintDotNet.Base, Version=3.22.2933.24440, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\PaintDotNet.Base.dll PaintDotNet.SystemLayer, Version=3.22.2933.24441, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\PaintDotNet.SystemLayer.dll PaintDotNet.Resources, Version=3.22.2933.24441, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\PaintDotNet.Resources.dll PaintDotNet.Data, Version=3.22.2933.24442, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\PaintDotNet.Data.dll PaintDotNet.Effects, Version=3.22.2933.24443, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\PaintDotNet.Effects.dll "Borders N' Shapes", Version=1.7.3106.38770, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Borders N' Shapes.dll Color Match, Version=1.0.3106.38961, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Color Match.dll CurtisBlack.Common, Version=1.0.3142.30104, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\CurtisBlack.Common.dll CurtisBlack.Effects, Version=11.0.3142.30301, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\CurtisBlack.Effects.dll CurtisBlack.Resources, Version=1.0.3142.30103, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\CurtisBlack.Resources.dll Curves+, Version=2.6.3106.38962, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Curves+.dll EdHarvey.Edfects.Common, Version=3.36.3160.38013, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\EdHarvey.Edfects.Common.dll EdHarvey.Effects, Version=3.36.3160.38013, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\EdHarvey.Effects.dll Film, Version=2.0.3106.38770, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Film.dll Gradient Bars, Version=3.0.3106.38771, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Gradient Bars.dll Gradient Mapping, Version=2.2.3106.38961, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Gradient Mapping.dll Jitter, Version=3.0.3106.38769, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Jitter.dll Outline Object, Version=2.4.3106.38767, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Outline Object.dll Pixelate+, Version=1.0.3106.38767, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Pixelate+.dll pyrochild.effects.common, Version=2.0.3106.38959, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\pyrochild.effects.common.dll Random Effect, Version=1.0.3106.38960, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Random Effect.dll Random Shape Fill, Version=1.0.3106.41337, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Random Shape Fill.dll ScriptLab, Version=2.2.3106.38960, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\ScriptLab.dll Smudge, Version=1.0.3106.41825, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Smudge.dll Splatter, Version=1.5.3106.38962, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Splatter.dll Stitch, Version=1.0.3106.38769, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\Stitch.dll System.Design, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a @ C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\System.Design\\System.Design.dll DdsFileType, Version=1.11.2933.24444, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null @ C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\FileTypes\DdsFileType.dll System.Xml, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089 @ C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC_MSIL\System.Xml\\System.Xml.dll Exception details: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at PaintDotNet.Tools.TextTool.OnActivate() at PaintDotNet.Tool.Activate() at PaintDotNet.DocumentWorkspace.SetTool(Tool copyMe) at PaintDotNet.DocumentWorkspace.SetToolFromType(Type toolType) at PaintDotNet.DocumentWorkspace.PopNullTool() at PaintDotNet.PushNullToolMode.Dispose() at PaintDotNet.Menus.EffectMenuBase.RunEffect(Type effectType) at PaintDotNet.Menus.EffectMenuBase.EffectMenuItem_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e) at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.RaiseEvent(Object key, EventArgs e) at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem.OnClick(EventArgs e) at PaintDotNet.PdnMenuItem.OnClick(EventArgs e) at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.HandleClick(EventArgs e) at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.HandleMouseUp(MouseEventArgs e) at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.FireEventInteractive(EventArgs e, ToolStripItemEventType met) at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.FireEvent(EventArgs e, ToolStripItemEventType met) at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStrip.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mea) at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripDropDown.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mea) at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks) at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m) at System.Windows.Forms.ScrollableControl.WndProc(Message& m) at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStrip.WndProc(Message& m) at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripDropDown.WndProc(Message& m) at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage(Message& m) at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m) at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------