Red ochre

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  1. Hi charliex!


    I really like this effect, thanks for sharing.
    Interesting the way the smaller circles tend towards squares... adds interest to the effect.
    It compliments DavidF's 'stipple' plugin and combines well with other artistic effects too.


    I accidentally ran it on a transparent (new) layer and it locked up. Cancel brings up the cancel message but then just hangs.(Try it).
    I had to stop Pdn using the task manager. Not good but I wasn't making anything of value at the time, so not tragic.


    Happy debugging!

  2. I could not get 'Print-it' to work in either Pdn 4.16 (W10) nor 3.5.11(Vista!) - it just hangs,(sorry Martin). It does, however, show the printable area, which I found useful.

    The only viable way I have found to print at the correct size is to use MS 'Word 2007'(then paste the image in and adjust the position etc.). Even so, printers, well my printer (old drivers not w10 happy), does not accurately position the paper, additionally pre-cut paper is inaccurately stamped out (referring to pre-cut business cards).

    When creating a small number of differing business cards I found it easier to print (via Word) to photo paper then stick that to thicker card and use a scalpel to cut precisely!
    Few things more satisfying than cutting a straight line (metal rule) without taking off your finger-tips, or the rule moving midway!


    ... More of a rant than a solution, sorry - but printing via office software seems much better than Pdn's (MS standard U.I.) in my experience. Perhaps open-office type software is worth exploring? Software is pixel accurate and printers squirt infinitesimally small volumes of ink, yet no-one really understands how to print something at the correct size!...please prove me wrong?

    A good MS Store printing 'app' could make the developer a fortune, save the planet's forests and cut the global murder rate!😪

    If experimenting to get the correct settings do reduce the amount of ink needed - with something like Boltbait's inksketch or my TGMagnitude, and increase brightness, just while you get the sizes setting right. Paper is cheaper than ink.


    Good luck, report back if you find a good way.

  3. 3D star:
    (Perhaps not 100% relevant to SZDXN's question but I'm not too clear about the bevel effect they require)


    1. File/New image 800 by 800px.
    2. Effects/Render/Gradients Galore:Shape = 6 petal flower, Dither = 0 or 1 for a more for a textured metal.
    3. New layer. Set primary colour to red (for visabilty). Select shape tool six sided start. Set brush width to 1px.
    press & hold shift button then drag out a star shape from the top left corner and align to the gradient on layer 1.
    4. Magic wand select outside the star on the shape layer. move to the gradient layer and delete.
    5. Effects/Stylize/ TGAngle: Angle = - 45degrees, Colour Blend mode = Gold.


    Alternatively, by using the 'On object only' button in Gradients galore you could apply shading to a filled shape.


    That's a .png thumbnail btw. Why is .png transparency so broken now? - always showing 255,255,255,0 as black (I think it's a windows 10 bug but the old optipng still seems to work?)

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  4. Possibly add an offset angle chooser and a '% of Max distance offset slider. Use the offset angle added to the angle to the edge pixel (sine ... or cosine) to multiply the % distance (so always smaller than max dist) and subtract/add that from the max distance divisor for the shading?
    ... Just thinking out loud ... quite possible that approach wouldn't work with the fast algorithm! Hope that made some sense?
    Good luck MJW.

    Was thinking about multiplying all distances by 255 then adding the object edge pixel alpha before dividing by 255, to get smoother results too?

    Just ideas to try .. if MJW hasn't explored these already.

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  5. Apologies Xod - my mistake!


    Thanks E.E.R. for making Xod's post clearer.😎
    I did not know it was possible to link directly to that download without access to the forum HTML (id attribute?).


    M.J.W. - Feel free to release your version of 'edge shader' with the super-quick code.
    (The original idea would have been to detect the distance to the nearest edge AND the distance to an edge in the opposite direction. The idea being that this would automatically set the 'distance' between edges for the shading. That's just too complicated!... and cannot use your much quicker code.)


    May I suggest, if possible:


    1. A choice of what an 'edge' is. Object edges are currently used in your beta (very useful for text) but an edge detect algorithm using abrupt tone or even hue changes can be useful too. I have an unpublished version using my slow code that does this.


    2. A threshold slider for what is and isn't an edge then becomes very useful. For objects this is just alpha. If using Tone Gradient Magnitude (T.G.M.) to detect edges the threshold would exclude less defined edges.


    3. It is useful to have a 'show edges' mode to show which pixels will be treated as an edge before rendering the effect. Simply red for edges, black for not.  I've used this idea in my unpublished version of edgeshader and in my 'Gossamer' effect.


    4. Primary/Secondary colours at 100% effect blend should be the default but it might be useful to include an option to output a height map which could subsequently be manipulated with your Texture smoother effect?


    Only suggestions! and thanks again for your help with 'Aardvark' - I find I use it a lot.

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  6. Hello 'Xod',


    Thank you for your Align plugin. I didn't see the need for a plugin like this but since you (& MJW) created it, I have found it very useful. Well done & thank you!😎


    May I ask you, please, to remove the direct download of my plugin pack from the Object Bevel thread.
    I note that my pack currently has 22,900 downloads and yet another 9,000 in your downloaded then re-uploaded version on the Bevel object thread.
    I'm sure you were only trying to help but a simple link to my plugin pack download page would have sufficed.
    Please consider how you would feel if I included your (excellent) plugins in my plugin pack? (I won't).

    1.If I ever decide to update my plugin pack there will be an old version hanging around on the forum.
    2.The download numbers for my pack are false.
    3.I know you are trust-worthy but as a precedent there is ample opportunity to insert malware into my plugin pack and distribute it with my name on it. Obviously I don't want that.
    4.You will free up your own Pdn upload space.



    John Robbins (a.k.a. Red ochre).


  7. It looks unlikely that the Garmin bmp/magenta hack has levels of transparency? - binary...either opaque or clear(signalled by magenta)?
    If that is the case? (ToeHead will know) then few options.

    Possibly, set Secondary 'color' to magenta and use 'Two tone threshold', with the sliders together to get the best outcome?
    There are probably many other ways - but it seems unlikely you will get smooth edges - but it's a 32px icon - no-one notices!;-)

    ... There is probably a better answer waiting.

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  8. Nitenurse - A very moody scene, could be drawn in charcoal. Excellent work!B)
    Sasha - That it is beautiful. I love walking on the beach at low tide and watching the ripples. Clever original photo taken from a low vantage point to emphasise the perspective and the clipwarp frame looks like a mirror.B)
    D.S. - Your dog looks happy there, out walking his master. The background foliage has come out well.B)
    LionsDragon - That's really brought out the texture of the mane. Glad you've been experimenting with both effects.B)


    Many thanks to all that have posted images, comments or awarded reps (or whatever they're called now:roll: ).
    I seem to have spent all mine again, I will catch up eventually.;)

  9. D.S. Thanks for the compliment and images - That's a great looking bike!... and the young lady is very attractive too.:D
    Seerose - Very effective use of the effect, thanks for posting the images.B)
    Lynxster - Great results on your Dad's tree and the flower arrangement. Many thanks.B)
    Pixey - Your flower image has 'watercolour' feel to it, that I likeB)...and the leopard has new spots.;)
    LionsDragon - Thanks for saying thanks - just dive in and experiment.:)


    I'm sorry I don't know the difference between a 'like' and an 'upvote'?:/

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