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Outlining text and icons (solved)

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First time posting, but I was unable to find this answer with my Search-fu.

I am a DM, working on making maps to hand out to my players. I'm using a very old world I created long ago as the setting, and the maps I made are awesome, but they have just a bit too much info on them, so I'm trying to make a less detailed version of the maps. However, I made the originals years ago and I can't remember how I achieved the outlines around the text and icons on the map. I was wondering if any of you could help me out in reverse-engineering my methods.

I did this using Paint.net, and I know I didn't use any plugins because I don't have any installed.

The effect in question is the white outline around all of the black text and most of the icons. Any help here would be very much appreciated!

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 EDIT: I figured out the solution, a plugin WAS used, I just did this on a different computer and haven't re-downloaded everything. For those wondering, I used Pyrochild's "Outline Object" plugin. The only issue I have left to figure out is how to delete a post on this site :P

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8 minutes ago, Iylo said:

I did this using Paint.net, and I know I didn't use any plugins because I don't have any installed.

 

Outlining text is not a feature of Paint.NET, so you probably did use a plugin.

You basically said, "I didn't use any plugins back then, because I don't currently have any installed now."

 

The only other way to do that kind of outline would be to duplicate the layer many, many times, and manually reposition all of them.

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10 minutes ago, toe_head2001 said:

You basically said, "I didn't use any plugins back then, because I don't currently have any installed now."


Yeah, I realized that after I posted -- I edited the original to say I figured that out. I can't figure out how to delete the post (or if it's even possible). Thanks for the reply though!

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If you have a copy of MS Office on you computer, you will not go to hell if you use PowerPoint to add the text with outline to your maps!

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You actually can do an object outline without plugins (though I'm not sure why you'd want to).

 

Draw the text in black on a transparent layer.

Duplicate the layer.

Invert the color of the lower layer.

Run Distort>Morphology with Dilation on the lower layer. For the (quite large) example I tried, a couple of repetitions with Width and Height of 3 worked well.

Merge the layers.

 

It wouldn't work too well on really small text.

 

(I don't know why two repetitions of 3 works better than a single repetition of 6, but I think it does.)

 

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Simpler yet:

Do all the text on a transparent layer as stated above
Duplcate the layer as a backup.

Then apply the Drop Shadow plugin with color set to white

You can experiment with depth, angles, and intensity to your liking

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1 hour ago, MJW said:

Though, of course, that doesn't do it without plugins.

My point is not in being nostalgic for a process, but in getting the task done. That is why I referenced using PowerPoint also, and now the OP recollects using a plugin after all.
 

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