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Is there a centering Ruler for Paint.net?

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hi all, is there some type of ruler or tool that can show you the center of your canvas? like a horizontal and vertical line? I know there is the

ruler but that only shows measurements on the outer edge. thanks so much in advance. 

 

I attached an image example of what im looking for in a ruler. 

paint_ruler.JPG

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More of a work around than anything else.

 

Draw a vertical line on a new layer >>> draw a horizontal line on another new layer >>> run Align Object on both line layers and you'll have the centre of the canvas

 

Pressing the Shift key whilst you draw the line will keep them straight

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There use to be a plugin from June 14th, 2008 called "Centerlines.dll", but I can find no trace of it today. I have it in my Effects/Render for many years now.

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If you want to go down the route of a plugin drawing a line in the centre there's Parallel Lines and Patterns

 

step 1 

 

parallel-line-1.jpg

 

step 2

 

parallel-line-2.jpg

 

.. but personally whilst you pffafff around with clicking I find it quicker to draw to lines. 

 

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hi all and thanks for the replies and help. But im lost lol

 

So which if any of these is an add on that will work with paint.net? and do you have the link for the add on? thank you.. 

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All are Paint.NET plugins!
The one that Remake has just been recompiled, will do exactly what you asked for.

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Sorry I have to rant for a quick moment. Why does paint.net keep logging me off every 30 minutes and then my password does not work? then i reset my password to the same password I already had???? then I am able to get back in with the same password that I reset each time? what the!!!??? sorry , very frustrating... 

 

Anyway, Ive been trying to download the plugin from Remake, once I download and extract it all I end up with is are 2 files, a centerlines.dll, and a Install_centerlines.bat?? 

 

any help, much appreciated... 

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Your first paragraph is off the topic of this thread.

The answer to you second paragraph is that the .bat file installs the .dll into the correct folder where this type of plugin belongs for Paint.NET to utilize it.

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7 hours ago, HyReZ said:

The one that Remake has just been recompiled, will do exactly what you asked for.

 

Technically they'll all do the job but @ReMake's will do it in 3 clicks as opposed to say Compo Grid which will do it in 5 clicks.

 

Just saying in case the OP wants the option to change width of lines especially on very large canvases

 

Nice job Remake

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I didn't even remember the tools I had that can do this and more. This thread has bought it to my attention so now I might remember to use them. Thanks for that.

 

Most of the time I've drawn composition allignment aids manually in a separate top layer and or using one of the other grid plugins often in different layers, adjusting the vertical/horizontal spacing as required.

 

But the plugin I already actually have, actually designed for the purpose, and will try to remember to use from now on for such basic allignement tasks is the one mentioned by welshblue: CompoGrids.dll which came as part of Red Ochre's plugin in pack. It also helps in remembering where it is by being installed in the Effects > Composition sub-menu, arguably the most obvious place for such tools.   

 

That it is installed in Effects > Render is the only criticism I'd aim at the xod's Guidelines.dll, mentioned by others here too. It is an even  more sophisticated alignment tool, particularly as it allows you to move X and Y positioning separately off centre if required.

 

But there are good reasons for having both those mentioned or just Remake's centerlines.dll if all that is wanted is the simplest solution.

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Hello, would someone be so kind as to let me know the instructions/steps to install the Install_centerlines.bat file so I am able to use this add on in paint.net please?

 

thank you. 

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Hi and thank you. I got it installed. However I have a question. Do those center lines stay there? or are they invisible? I am just wanting to use them as a ruler guide but not actually show in the graphic? looks like they are part of the image?

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Open your image. Add a New Layer (Ctrl+Shift+N). Go to your image and work with it. You can always disable or delete the layer with rulers if you don't need it.

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And remember if you start a New image the background will, by default, be the secondary colour ie. opaque white. That means if you use the centerline.dll at that point the alignment lines will actually have an opaque white background and so won't be much use that way.

 

As ReMake recommends always use the alignment tools in a new layer where the default background is 100% transparent, ideally place it as the top layer of your stack. Then you know where that layer is and can easily find, disable or delete it before saving or flattening. 

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In any case the ruler lines on any layer will always have the Primary color which will be set before the Center Lines effect runs.

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On 2/5/2019 at 9:56 AM, HyReZ said:

There use to be a plugin from June 14th, 2008 called "Centerlines.dll", but I can find no trace of it today. I have it in my Effects/Render for many years now.

 

I don't believe that plugin was ever officially released.

 

I believe it is something I had Curtis write for me to publish on my tutorial pages, here:

 

https://boltbait.com/pdn/CodeLab/help/uielements.asp#DoubleVector

 

Hope this helps.

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I've had the centerlines.dll in my plugins since June 14th of 2008. I got it from some where!?

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Perhaps you got it from BoltBait's website or perhaps it was an undocumented incluson in Curtis's plugin pack (released in January 2008 - so the timing is about right).

 

Either way - it's never been officially released. That's why it doesn't show up in the Plugin Index.

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On 2/7/2019 at 5:14 AM, HyReZ said:

I've had the centerlines.dll in my plugins since June 14th of 2008. I got it from some where!?

 

@HyReZ is right. The paint-net.ru website has a collection of best_effects.rar that contains the Centerlines 2.dll file (published in 2008). I also found the Centerline.dll file in my archives which is a full copy of the Centerlines 2.dll file or Vice versa.
Both of these files are unofficial and came, in my opinion, from MegaloPack. In fairness it should be said that both effects are quite workable and do not cause problems with virus protection.

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