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  1. I'm very sorry to hear that. Get well soon, Pixey! I'll be thinking about you.
  2. I hope I'm not out of line posting my completed-too-late entry here.
  3. Congratulations to @welshblue for a superb entry, and also to @Pixey and @HyReZ. I really liked and admired the bold off-angle view of Pixey's Strat-style guitar. HyreZ had a fine entry, too; but if I may offer a bit of constructive criticism, I would say it would be much improved if the proportions were more accurate. The individual components are very well executed. I apologize for choosing such a difficult theme. When I chose it, I thought I might be able to complete two entries; which goes to show my lack of insight in selecting subjects. EDIT: After looking at a number of images of bass guitars, I realize I was too hard on HyreZ. Bass guitars have rather unusual proportions compared to "regular" guitars -- often including very large tuning keys.
  4. Glad you're feeling better, Pixey. Sorry to hear about your health problems.
  5. Yes, I must accept the dubious distinction. I should make a mental inventory of the number of separate parts making up an object before committing to a theme. I would have realized the the tuners alone make the guitar a very difficult subject. EDIT: Not that I don't think about the complexity to some extent. There's a certain balancing, though. If I spend too much time thinking about how hard it would be for me to do, using my techniques, I end of choosing themes specifically suited to me, which isn't really fair.
  6. Obviously, if I'd known ahead of time how difficult it would prove to be, I would have selected a different theme. Until I've actually attempted to produce an object, I have a hard time anticipating how difficult it will be.
  7. I'm very sorry and disappointed to say I won't have an entry in the Guitar theme. Believe me, I spent many hours working on one, but I can't finish it by the deadline. I wasted too much time in the beginning on details that wouldn't even be visible in the final image, so that even by cutting a few corners, I can't get it done in time. A Guitar is, I think, a poor choice for a theme. I realized (too late) that it's one of those themes -- like the Watch -- that requires a seemingly unending number of rather difficult components. I certainly applaud those who did complete entries..
  8. You'll need to ask what file format is acceptable. Most likely it will be something like PNG or BMP, which are called "lossless" formats because they represent the image data exactly as it appears in the image editor. Formats like JPEG are not lossless. When you save the image in Paint.NET, you can select the format. For images with only one layer, the default format is PNG. BTW, the alternative to RGB is called CMYK. RGB stands for Red, Green, Blue; CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key (printers call the black layer the "key" layer). Some printers, for reasons sensible and not so sensible, require images to be in CMYK format. EDIT: I see in another thread that the printer wants PNG format. Very convenient, since that's PDN's default.
  9. Off hand, I don't know. But it seems odd to me that the Placement is -2.00, 2.00. I'd expect it to be very near 0, 0; with perhaps a slight offset so that the hostess image doesn't go to the edge of the plane. Are you sure you have the entire plane layer copied to the clipboard?
  10. There's another method that's more complicated, but often better. First, install BoltBait's plugin pack. Copy the airplane layer to the clipboard. Make the hostess layer the active layer. Run Object>Paste Alpha Set The Alpha Source to Clipboard Alpha, and the Paste Method to Minimum of Alpha and Clipboard Alpha.
  11. Or if you do it repeatedly, Copy Merged then paste into the flattened version of the image with Ctrl+V, Ctrl+D (to deselect). I suppose can I understand why you might prefer a slightly more direct method, and it is annoying to have it switch to the Move tool, but it seems like a pretty minor inconvenience.
  12. I think I agree with the original comment (and appreciate the fact that the first sentence didn't begin with "So..."). What I do to save a flattened version of an image, and what I think is a good idea, is to Copy Merged then Paste Into New Image; then I save the flattened version as a JPEG or whatever. The shortcuts are Ctrl+C, Ctrl+Alt+V.
  13. What do you mean by "fit the shape"? If you just want to change the angle and size, you could try using my Paste From Clipboard plugin. The selection will restrict the area that gets changed. If you mean somehow conform to the shape, that would be difficult, considering the complex, non-convex shape of the selection.
  14. I don't know if it would be of any use, but I have a plugin called the Mismatch Eraser that can erase pixels in the image that match those in the clipboard.
  15. Not to plug my own plugin, but the Texture Shader does something similar, with more (some might say, too many) options.