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  1. I do not have this issue, but two things to try. It's unlikely, but you may have changed your Fill Pattern. When you select the Text Tool, toward the right of the toolbar will be a drop down menu titled "Fill: [something]". The standard is Solid Color, if it is not solid color, change it back to solid color. Otherwise, the first button to the right of this menu is a toggle between Anti-Aliased and Aliased images. The Anti-Aliased option makes text look smoother, by applying transparent pixels. An Aliased image is pixel-thin text, and it doesn't look too good. What you're describing is possibly horrible rendering of the anti-aliased text for whichever font you are using (which you did not mention so it was harder to diagnose this). Hopefully I could help you somewhat with this issue. It's something I haven't heard of before.
  2. I've actually created a back up collection of my Effects and Filetype Folders in Paint.NET that are stored on my external hard drive. I used it initially to copy over all of my plugins from one computer to another, and now I add on to it regularly in preparation for a crash. As for rounding corners, there's a plugin called Rounded Rectangle which renders a rectangle with rounded corners. If you use that as a masking layer (put it on it's own layer, then use the magic wand tool to select the missing corners and go to the other layer(s) and erase those selections OR select the rectangle and just crop down to it across all layers) you might be able to achieve the effect that you're looking for.
  3. The plugin (and images) links are broken. If anyone has the plugin already, can you upload it as an alternate link for this thread?
  4. I really liked the simplicity involved, and the fact that I wouldn't have thought of something like this. Went off of aguba's reversal application to create this image that focuses on the eyes.
  5. I can't speak for Pinta, but I would believe he may just be experimenting and wanting to see how successful he was in his first try at something like this.
  6. Thank you very much Sarkut. That is much better than what I had done.
  7. I haven't found a way, and I don't think there is one. If there is, I'd like to know as well. This is a quote from over 2 years ago, and I don't think I had PDN back then. But I've used the method of saving an image as a PNG, it asks to flatten, then it saves, and then I undo the flattening and continue any work on the image that I want. I do this often when toying with an image, and trying different effects. If I find an image I like, I save it, and continue experimenting. This way, I don't have to remember how far back in history to go, nor do I have to reopen a PDN to "restore" my work to that point later on. I'll also save a file as a PDN if I require flattening an image to try an idea I just came up with that needs it, so I can restore myself to that point more easily.
  8. I'm having difficulties with resizing some wallpapers here. Some I know can't be resized easily to look nice, and some will blur up noticeably. But some with a solid background color are very easy to change up. I was even able to handle an abnormal gradient thanks the plugin Trail by, I think, pyrochild. But then this one case came up, which I thought was easy enough to do. But it was tedious to make it look nice and be free of any sloppy editing. I looked around the plugins section, and couldn't find anything that did what I wanted. The closest was the plugin Trail, which will pull an image in one direction, which can be a way of expanding borders. It works fine in some wallpapers I was resizing, but I came across a case where it didn't work out well. See http://i26.tinypic.com/kap5zt.jpg Now, speaking in terms of wallpapers, this image's dimensions were 1280x800. I use a higher resolution of 1920x1200. So rather than having the image resized to 1920x800 and become blurrier in the process, I wanted to simply expand the borders in the direction of each line as best as possible. I accomplished this, but it was very time consuming to get something that didn't look sloppily edited. If you're interested in the process, continue reading this paragraph. Otherwise, skip to the next one. I took that image, and resized the canvas and kept the image centered. I then added a new layer, and put a 1 pixel wide line overtop each of the black lines that expand from the middle (which I learned was slightly off center). I would then go back to the original layer, and use the clone stamp tool. I would use the lines on the above layer as guides to where to place the anchor and where I should place the next circle to set the distance. This involved recognizing patterns in the diagonal lines. You could count the pixels, and on one of the easiest lines, I could count the pixels vertically and noticing how many pixels they were horizontally, like in this image. http://i25.tinypic.com/302cr5s.jpg The pattern isn't 1-2-1-2.. as you might expect. But actually 1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-2... Having to identify this pattern as best as possible (not easy when somethings were actually like 3-4-4-4-4-3-4-4-4-4-3-4-4-4-5-3-4-4-4-4-3-4-4-4-4-3-4-4-4-3-4-4-4-4-3-4-4-4-4-3-4-4-4-4... and there wasn't quite enough to the line to confirm the pattern. In the end, I ended up with this image http://i27.tinypic.com/ivhkb9.jpg. If you look closely, you can find small irregularities. I'm wondering if anybody has an easier method to go about accomplishing something like this (multicolored, but "simple" background with an object that should be centered to look nice). Or if a plugin were designed. A plugin that could be set to duplicate the flow of certain colors of pixels from a center point (that can be adjusted at the pixel level), and how large of a sample to take, and how far away from the center the first sampled pixel is, would be great. A visual might help explain what kind of plugin I'm looking for. http://i30.tinypic.com/1zqd1uf.png What I'd like to happen is that 2 radii could be set, creating a donut shape (square or circular), and based on the different colors of the pixels, a direction that their going in could be determined (if it could work with a curve, it could actually be used for a different purpose of creating interesting designs). If a plugin that does something similar to this is already released, or if a plugin like Trail could be used to do this, that would be great to know. I can think of Trail being able to do this if you recentered the point where all the lines originate from, then duplicated the layer for how many lines there were, and used each layer to expand the image in the same direction as one of the lines. Then you would crop off the rest of the lines that don't match up (in the case of the wallpaper I showed, that would be all of the other lines) and repeat the process for each layer and for each individual line. Thinking this over, this could've been an easier method had I thought it through (as the angle was shown for all the lines I drew on the separate layer when I used my clone stamping method, and all I really needed was the angle of each line). But I guess that's what happens when you struggle through something like this at 3 in the morning. Heh. Still, if a plugin, or easier method is out there, I'd love to know. Thanks!
  9. You should have a very relaxing time using this software. It is completely free (and has no viruses if you're worried about that, the great community and the fact that the program has been around for years should be enough to prove that). It is a program you download from the internet, and then use solely on your computer. You do not have to be on the internet while you use this program. I often find myself stumbling onto PDN (Paint(dot)NET the software) whenever my ISP or modem are having difficulties, just to toy around with random images. I do believe there is a red-eye removal tool that comes with the standard program. If it is not there, I have a plugin for it that I got off these forums. If you need help finding or installing it, you can definitely ask here for help. Color and contrast adjustments are definitely tools that come with the standard program. As Sarkut mentioned, fixing blurs isn't perfectly possible. You can make a blur less noticeable, but you won't be able to just take a blur out of the photo and have what should've been there appear out of thin air. Layers are a handy feature of PDN (and most useful image editing softwares). I always explain it by asking someone to think of one of those bulky projectors you can often find in schools. In my math classes back in middle school, my teacher would place a gridded piece of transparent film (plastic that you can write on with erasable markers), to use as an XY-coordinate graph. He would then place a blank sheet of transparent film overtop of this gridded film, and write on the blank sheet. At any time, he could remove the XY-coordinate graph below it, and could keep what he wrote on the other film. Or he could take off the "blank" film, put on a new one, and eventually go back to the old film to bring up a point from earlier in the lesson. That's in essence how layers work. If you still don't quite understand layers, another analogy I can think of is window markers. You can treat the window as a layer on top of the background (whatever is outside, like trees and the sky), and you can write anything you want on the window without changing what is outside. By using layers, you can put some words on top of an image, and if you don't like where you put them, you can just slide that layer around and change where it is, rather than having to redo all your work in a different spot.
  10. All I can see is faint lomography, as Sarkut pointed out. There may be color enhancements that involve fine tuning the levels, which PDN is capable of. Otherwise, someone more familiar with Photoshop may be able to identify some effects without seeing the originals. Based on the level of professionalism on that site, I'm confident that Photoshop is being used to edit those images.
  11. Thanks! That helps me a lot, as I know what to look for now (just searching that in google images brought up a bunch of similar types of pictures), and it explains the terrible choice of name to describe these images (fractals with an 'iu' after the l). It'd be really nice to see for PDN, it'd be one of the best plugins ever. If a general batching process came out for PDN, Fractalius+Batch=Bunch of nice images. I've been messing around with this, and I'm getting some cool images, but I don't have many that are really compatible already on my comp. Too many colors and such, and when draining the colors, you just lose the appeal. But I've been using different techniques to try and figure out a good way to obtain the color. Thanks for the link all the same!
  12. Sorry about the images, that's why I used a hide (forgot a warning though..). Haven't used PB in a long time, so couldn't find any thumbnails if they had them for my images. Ya, I wasn't sure about the name. Twice now when trying to find out about these images I've been told their fractals, so I haven't been able to find anything solid on them. I'll look into Apophysis, thanks all.
  13. Your version of PDN most likely doesn't have any of these plugins. If you're new to image editing, don't worry about plugins until you've familiarized yourself with the program.
  14. I was wondering if anyone had any idea about these so called Fractals. The fractals in PDN aren't like these, as far as I can tell. Here's a few images I've collected recently. Hidden Content: http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t235/Exaskryz/1268508167618.jpghttp://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t235/Exaskryz/1268507075258.jpg http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t235/Exaskryz/1268454298733.jpg If you know of a better name (that when searched in google doesn't return the "old" fractals), please tell me. And especially if you know how to create these in PDN or if there's a plugin that does it, that'd be great to know.
  15. I just upgraded to 3.5.1 recently, and immediately noticed smudge was gone. Wasn't a big deal, was just practicing it recently. Then I went to do some color adjustments in one of my projects and noticed curves + was gone. I really enjoyed curves+ compared to curves, much more useful effects. I skipped right over 3.5 so don't know if those plugins were removed. Is there any replacement for these plugins that I can utilize, or are there plans for the developers of the plugins to create 3.5 and up compatible versions?