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How can I make lines that are white in the center but fade to blue on both sides of the line.  I tried to use the gradient, but that spreads the fade over the entire picture rather than in each line.  I would like to make lines similar to the included picture.

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Hi @docnich Welcome to the forum.

 

Draw your lines with color of choice on a blank layer. In this case they would be white.

Try @BoltBait's Bevel Object and select desired shadow colors in this case blue.

You may have to do 2 layers to get the shading on both sides of the lines. Cut in half and merge the 2 layers. 

You may get other suggestions. Let us know if this works for you. :)

 

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You can also do this:

 

Create your object in white on a transparent background

Duplicate that layer and use the Invert Alpha plugin Adjustment by Mike Ryan (
https://forums.getpaint.net/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=15013) to make this layer a mask

On this layer use the Invert Color Adjustment to make the mask black and move this layer to the top

Now
 run the Drop shadow plugin by Kris Vandermotten ( https://forums.getpaint.net/topic/8375-drop-shadow-and-other-effects-krisvdms-plugin-pack-updated-2010-10-26/ ) on this layer and pick your blue as the shadow color
Leave the X and Y offsets at zero
Widening Radius at ~4
Blur Radius at ~5
Shadow Opacity at max (255)

Next on this layer run the Grim Color Reaper plugin by Jotaf ( https://forums.getpaint.net/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=5442 ). ( You can also use the Kill Color Keeper plugin by Pratyush )

( https://forums.getpaint.net/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=13624 )
Set the plugins to black to remove the black mask from the layer.

Last; you will merge the two layers.

The End 🙂 

 

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Thanks to you both. Both worked great.  My attempt is below.  I was able to get all of the plugins, except the invert alpha plugin.  It was just a mishmash of letters and not a dll file. I searched around and found that I could use curves+ to invert the alpha, and did that, but my mask did not cover the entire image, as shown below.  Should it cover the entire image or is that the way it is supposed to look?  Also, is there somewhere else I can get the invert alpha plugin, or is the way I did it suitable?  Thanks for your help and your time.

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You could also try this plugin:  EdgeShaderMJW    (when installed, it appears under Effects-->Advanced)

Make sure your lines are thick enough, at least 10px, in white.

Set your primary color to a color of your choosing, then play with the sliders.

Finish it off with AA's Assistant.

 

twotonelines.png

 

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6 hours ago, docnich said:

 Should it cover the entire image or is that the way it is supposed to look? 

You can use the Bucket Tool to fill the white space, but you figured out way to get the results that you desired! 🙂 

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8 hours ago, docnich said:

Also, is there somewhere else I can get the invert alpha plugin, or is the way I did it suitable? 

 

The way you did it is suitable, and kind of clever, but for another way, you could use BoltBait's Paste Alpha plugin. Copy the image to the clipboard, then run the plugin, utilizing the Invert Calculation option. Paste Alpha is a very useful plugin, for many things.

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