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    Make some Gold Text!

    This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it Make some Gold Text! NOTE: Some knowledge of Paint.NET may be required, and some knowledge of using Alpha Mask helps. Want to make some pretty cool text like this? You do? Well, read on! Plugins Needed: Align Object Alpha Mask - See here for more information on Alpha Mask: Clicky! Multi-color Gradient Outline Object Panelling The Method: [*:33ad8grh]Open a new image (Ctrl+N) at a fairly large size. I used 1500x300. Add a radial gradient background, using Hex: #543600 as your primary colour, and Hex: #161300 as your secondary colour. If you don't know where to insert the colour codes, just click on the "More" button in the colours window, and type or copy and paste them into the "Hex:" field. You should have something similar to this: [*:33ad8grh]Now, add a new layer :AddNewLayer: and name it "text mask". With white as your primary colour type your text in (all in capital letters). Using a font like Times New Roman gives good results, and try to use a size that covers most of the canvas. Then, Effects > Align Object. Apply these settings: Under the Both option, click the middle button(it should be the circle and at the bottom of the plugin it should say Middle Center). Your text should be nicely aligned in the middle of your canvas. Then add a new layer :AddNewLayer: , move it directly below :Down: the "text mask" layer and fill it with black. Image > Flatten :Flatten: (Ctrl + Shift + F). Your mask should look like this: Save it (Filename - text mask, Filetype - .png) somewhere like My Documents or Desktop, just make sure you know where you saved it. Then Ctrl + Z, to undo the flatten. You should be able to see your 3 layers again after you've removed the flatten. [*:33ad8grh]You can delete :Delete: your black background layer, you won't be needing that now. Now on your "text mask" layer, apply Effects > Object > Outline Object: Width: 1 Softness: Anything less than 250. Color: Black (R: 0, G: 0, B: 0) All other setting default. You should have a thin black outline around your text, like this: Add a new layer :AddNewLayer: and call it "Gold Text". This will be the actual colour of the text. Select the "text mask" layer and using the magic wand tool : Tolerance<50, Flood Mode: Global select the outside of the text, by clicking anywhere on the canvas, but not on the text itself. Then Invert Selection (Ctrl+I). Next, select the "Gold Text" layer and apply Effects > Render > Multicolour Gradient: Use these settings: De-select (Ctrl+D) :Deselect: Delete :Delete: the text mask layer, then, Effects > Object > Alpha Mask: load your mask file. Tick the Mix Alpha button and click OK! You should now have neat, anti-aliased gradient text like this: [*:33ad8grh]Duplicate :DuplicateLayer: the "Gold Text" layer 3 times. Re-name the layers so it looks like this: Now to apply some Bevel to the text. So.. For the "Light Bevel" layer: Effects > Drop Shadow: Offset X: 4 Offset Y: 0 Widening Radius: 0 Blur Radius: 0 Color: White Uncheck the "Keep Original Image" box. Then, Effects > Object > Alpha Mask: Load the mask file, and make sure the "Invert Mask" box is ticked. Then, Effects > Distort > Panelling: Move Vertical: 0 Move Horizontal: -4 Then, Effects > Blurs > Gaussian Blur: Radius: 2 Then, Effects > Object > Alpha Mask: Load the mask file, and make sure the "Invert Mask" box isn't ticked. Then, apply a blend mode on the layer. Layers > Layer Properties (F4) :Properties: , or double click the layer. Set the blend mode to "Overlay". This is what it should look like so far: For the "Dark Bevel" layer: Effects > Drop Shadow: Offset X: -4 Offset Y: 0 Widening Radius: 0 Blur Radius: 0 Color: Black Uncheck the "Keep Original Image" box. Then, Effects > Object > Alpha Mask: Load the mask file, and make sure the "Invert Mask" box is ticked. Then, Effects > Distort > Panelling: Move Vertical: 0 Move Horizontal: 3 Then, Effects > Blurs > Gaussian Blur: Radius: 2 Then, Effects > Object > Alpha Mask: Load the mask file, and make sure the "Invert Mask" box isn't ticked. Then, apply a blend mode on the layer. Layers > Layer Properties (F4) :Properties: , or double click the layer. Set the blend mode to "Reflect". You should end up with this: Now, we're nearly done so don't give up yet! For the "Shadow" layer: Effects > Drop Shadow: Offset X: 0 Offset Y: 0 Widening Radius: 0 Blur Radius: 10 Color: Black Uncheck the "Keep Original Image" box. Optional: Then, apply a blend mode on the layer. Layers > Layer Properties (F4) :Properties: , or double click the layer. Set the blend mode to "Reflect". It should now be looking like this: Well, guess what!? All you need to do now is save the .pdn of the text (just incase). Then Flatten (Ctrl+Shift+F) :Flatten: , Resize(Ctrl+R) :Resize: and set the percentage to 50%. Save it as a .png and post it here! Result: If you had any problem following this tutorial, then feel free to post and ask for help. I also hope that by following this tutorial you learnt something new; big or small. I also encourage you to try out different figures and colours to create maybe Silver Text? or Ruby? or Sapphire? or Emerald?
  2. This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it I am making this tut on my sig, as it has been requested by various people who asked me via PM on how i made my current sig. The result is not exactly as in my sig, as i am just showing you how to create the effect similar to this: Plugins required: Custom Brushes Mini Conditional Hue / Saturation Feather Color Filter You'll also need the Winter Breeze brush set which you can download here How to convert and use PS brushes in PDN: Here How to use Custom Brushes Mini: Here The tut : 1) Fill the background black and add a new layer. Name it "Brush" or whatever else you want to. On the new layer go to Effects > Draw with Custom Brush. Find the brush you wish to use and draw (brush size 500 works best), then press the ok button. Then Ctrl + Shift + I (Invert Colours) so you can see the image. 2) Duplicate the "Brush" layer and name the top layer "Inner Glow" and the middle layer "Rainbow". Select the "Rainbow" layer and apply Effects > Colour Filter, and colour it any colour, it doesnt matter which colour as long as it is not black, grey or white. 3) Now select the "Inner Glow" layer and go to Effects > Feather at these settings: Feather Radius = 1 Effect Strength = 1 True Feather = Yes Apply a Glow the same layer at default settings. You should now have something similar to this. 4) Now, using the rectangle select tool, select a section of the brush that you like, I'm using a selection size of 500px by 100px here. Then Ctrl + Shift + X (or Crop to Selection). 5) Now select the "Rainbow layer", and go to Adjustments > Conditional Hue/Saturation. Apply the following settings. 6) Flatten and your done! The end result should be similar to this: Optional: In step 5, you can further modify the settings such as the hue's in the rainbow by moving the slider in the "Hue action" box, or you can modify the Saturation settings by moving the slider in the "Saturation Adjustment" dialog box. In my sig i used more brushes of the same set, and did more work on it, but the effect is very similar.. Please post your attempts and feel free to comment.
  3. < Insert long introduction type text here which describes my gallery, and so on.. /> Well, here is my gallery! Note: Most of the images are clickable thumbnails (excluding the "Sigs" section) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Space-y =) Mesmerization: Starfield: Planet: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Web-Design LFC Designz: The 3 pages Gallery Main Menu Gallery - Space Art Tutorials Main Menu Xtravagant Designs (a WIP) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Nameless Category Wooden PDN Type: Sony Ericsson C902 (100% PDN except brushes): iPod Nano (100% PDN, yes 100%): Nadal vs Federer - this was an AWESOME match: World's Hardest Game 3D: Mother Nature Vector Text: Merry Christmas : Memory: Plethora of Colours: SnowStorm: Glass Die: Year 2500: Earth Gold Text: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sigs: LIVE: Spiderman: Gerrard: Beauty: Tech-y: Merry Christmas: Space-y (guess who this was made for ) Yuna (also guess who this was made for =P) : Prince of Persia: B&W shelf: Rainbow Mayhem: Firefox: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Wallpapers: Apple Wallaper v1: Apple Wallpaper Pack: Chinese Wallpaper: Hepxagon: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ For more of my works check out these links: dA Active Photobucket Old Photobucket ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ lol, i've edited this about 50 times..
  4. How do get that text effect on your 'illuminatum' sig? I've been trying to work it out but I truly have no idea...


    Goonfella`s Gallery - New Frontiers 28.02.16

    Xbox looks like it was cut out from an official advert or something, its that good. Awesome job on recreating it.

    The <off topic> thread

    Merry Christmas everyone. Whatever you're planning, have an awesome day.

    ~ WelshBlue ~ Ink Smudge Art ~ 20/10/2018

    Awesome. Amazing. Almost photorealistic!

    The Sanctuary

    The bright yellow box on the right bugs me, but its a nice site otherwise.

    Virtual Car Tuning

    I've edited some tips in the quote above. What i've written is in bold. Additional plugins you may need are in italics. You can search for these individually or just go to the plugins section of the forum and download the packs from threads that are pinned. http://www.isimonbrown.co.uk/cutting-out-images/ If you want to customize a car this tut will be a big help in doing what you want to do. You'll have to cut each part out that you want to modify or replace. If you're relatively new to PDN, then i suggest familiarising yourself with the program by trying out some tuts in the newbie playground, here: http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/forum/20-newbie-playground/. Modifying a stock image of a car to look tuned is not easy, and will take a fair amount of effort if you plan on changing the stock car significantly, which it looks like you're planning to do. Good luck, and don't give up. Persevere and you will succeed.
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    The Sanctuary

    Easy. Buy a MBP and you get a slimmer laptop that looks better, with a glowy apple logo on the lid thingy! Apple's design is dope. I'm going to install Windows 7 on my MBP only for gaming and probably PDN purposes; otherwise i'll mainly use OS X. Macs are hard to customize, but why would you want to, it looks awesome as default skins anyway. Agreed though that cost is the big issue, but its down to preference really. I read something somewhere on the net before i actually bought it, and it went something like: Those who own a Mac will say its worth the money, those who don't will say its too expensive (applies to most/some people only). Will admit though, i still have my old laptop until i get round to installing 7 on the MBP. There are still some things that it seems easier to do in Windows.
  11. I think the page would be better if the translator wasn't with the actual content, and in the sidebar or something. Also, not liking the poor quality of the image in header, but i think you've done that to keep the file size down? Its great overall though. Like Crimson said, very intuitive.
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    System RAM or Video RAM

    126,000 x42,000 pixels, whoa. Thats 5300 MegaPixels lol. I doubt you need such a high resolution for a 30x10ft banner, unless you need it printed an exquisite detail. I think that a smaller canvas size would work, but if you up the dpi, then you could probably get away with working at smaller sizes. I'm not too sure though, i don't print much of the stuff i do on PDN.
  13. Well my dream spec would be maxing out a Mac Pro, but i'm over the moon with what i have now. Used to have a 6 year old Sony Vaio, with 512 MB RAM, and some other bloody potato specs. Now, after a year or two of saving up, i've got a standard spec 2.53Ghz MBP, with an awesome looking anti-glare screen.
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    The <off topic> thread

    The 550i is one sweet car, but i'd rather save up for an R8 instead. Rick, you should go to the Autobahn in Germany and max out that BMW. \
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    aguba, your text effects are amazing, really amazing. Just love 'em.
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    The Sanctuary

    I am now the proud owner of a 15" MacBook Pro. I it.
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    Rate the sig of the poster above you!

    Drgrit - 6/10 The colours class too much for me, but the effect is pretty neat. Great work. Axle - 9/10 Loving the pixely effect, it looks awesome. The red dot is a nice touch too. The text bugs me.
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    Abstract Scribbles

    you have some good work here and i can see you're experimenting, which is fab. The fiery, twisty, snail type piece is my favourite. Looks great! I've gotta say this though, judging by the quality of the work you've posted in this gallery, it doesn't seem to me as if you made the following piece entirely in PDN, especially the water. http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y348/PsychoHarmonic/th_boom.png It looks to me as if you used a stock and photo manipulated it. You may think different, but many others and I think that it is ok to use stocks in your work. What is seen as 'wrong', is claiming that you created the stock from scratch. Thats my view anyway. I'm just putting this out there, and I may be wrong, in fact, i hope i am, because the effect that was supposedly acheived is incredibly realistic.
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    Image Umbrella: Pixel Images

    I don't think so. I took your image, and then one that flip posted (resized to 100x89) of course. Ran auto level on both. The same horizontal stripes occur in both. There is really only one plausible explanation for this, and most of us know what that it. see below for proof.
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    Video Gaming Thread

    11, well.. 10 days to go for F1 2010. :D :D
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    Image Umbrella: Realistic Images

    If it was 100% in PDN from scratch, its astounding work. You really should try and recreate the effect, or something similar and post a tut. If thats not possible, then please post the .pdn file somewhere. I'd love to take a look! Btw, my only critique is that the colours are too monotone. Some variation in hue would help. __________________ olav.k.m, that texture is awesome. Fabulous piece!
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    SAC # 7 Discussion - Winners Announced !

    Haha, thanks. Everyone who entered produced some fantastic work, and i agree with barbieq25, the work does show the significance of the community-like feel of the forum. People are improving in their artwork constantly. Its great!
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    Pixel Competition #4 - Voting has ended!

    You can post your masterpiece in the Pictorium for everyone to see though. We can all gaze in awe at it, perhaps?
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    SAC # 7 Discussion - Winners Announced !

    I've made the the starfield, but thats about it. I hope to enter this, but i'll probably enter the next one if i can't meet the deadline. Extending the deadline isn't really necessary if an additional 2+ entries are given in.
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    Another chrome tutorial

    Clever tut and a great result. I'm gonna experiement with this to try and mimic PS' chisel hard layer style effect. Thanks.