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Creative Text Pro v1.1 - By BoltBait and Welshblue - Updated February 16, 2020

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Hi @BoltBait


After installing the plugin, I am getting this message when I am trying to use it:



File: C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects\CreativeTextPro.dll
      Name: CreativeTextProEffect.CreativeTextProEffectPlugin
      Version: 1.0.7344.20057
      Author: Copyright ©2020 by BoltBait and Welshblue
      Copyright: 3D Metallic Text
      Website: https://boltbait.com/pdn/
      Full error message: PaintDotNet.WorkerThreadException: Worker thread threw an exception ---> System.MissingMethodException: Method not found: 'System.Drawing.Rectangle PaintDotNet.Effects.EffectEnvironmentParameters.get_SelectionBounds()'.
   at CreativeTextProEffect.CreativeTextProEffectPlugin.PreRender(Surface dst, Surface src)
   at CreativeTextProEffect.CreativeTextProEffectPlugin.OnSetRenderInfo(PropertyBasedEffectConfigToken token, RenderArgs dstArgs, RenderArgs srcArgs)
   at PaintDotNet.Effects.Effect`1.OnSetRenderInfo(EffectConfigToken parameters, RenderArgs dstArgs, RenderArgs srcArgs) in D:\src\pdn\src\Effects\Effect`1.cs:line 71
   at PaintDotNet.Effects.BackgroundEffectRenderer.ThreadFunction() in D:\src\pdn\src\PaintDotNet\Effects\BackgroundEffectRenderer.cs:line 264
   --- End of inner exception stack trace ---
   at PaintDotNet.Effects.BackgroundEffectRenderer.DrainExceptions() in D:\src\pdn\src\PaintDotNet\Effects\BackgroundEffectRenderer.cs:line 454
   at PaintDotNet.Effects.BackgroundEffectRenderer.Abort() in D:\src\pdn\src\PaintDotNet\Effects\BackgroundEffectRenderer.cs:line 410
   at PaintDotNet.Effects.BackgroundEffectRenderer.Start() in D:\src\pdn\src\PaintDotNet\Effects\BackgroundEffectRenderer.cs:line 356
   at PaintDotNet.Menus.EffectMenuBase.<>c__DisplayClass41_3.<RunEffectImpl>b__5() in D:\src\pdn\src\PaintDotNet\Menus\EffectMenuBase.cs:line 941



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Hi Boltbait & Welshblue


Firstly I am very grateful to both of you for the hard work in creating this excellent Plug-in.

However, I have received a scare message from Windows 10 upon trying to install, should I

just ignore the scary message and install?

Also Win10 is saying do I want to make changes to the "Command Line" is this normal?

Or could I just cut and Paste the DLL into the text folder??


Kindest regards

Roger the Dodger🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷Glug,glug,glug😜



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3 minutes ago, Roger the Dodger said:

could I just cut and Paste the DLL into the text folder?

Just install it by downloading the zip file to your desktop. Right-click on the zip file and click “Properties” then “unblock” the file and click the apply button. Unzip the zip file to your desktop and run the included install batch file. 

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It was a pleasure doing my small bit on this. 

It was awesome watching the UI change as it did over such a short space of time ... very clever people, writing extremely wonderful  things.  Still sorcery in my mind 😁


I learnt a lot myself on this project, thanks for that @BoltBait  It's great to see it being put to such good use in varied ways.  


Thanks too to @Ego Eram Reputo for Planetoid that allowed me to create some of the textures ... it's under-rated in that score IMO


A few projects I did.  


3 different layers of Creative Text Pro on Normal mode and then Paint.net Blend Modes



Creative Text Pro textures and Blend Modes



It also works great on dingbats.  4 Layers of different textures and Blend Modes.  Background Planetoid



It's extremely crisp and clean if you work on larger images and plays very nicely with BoltBait's Inner Shadow and/or Bevel Selection

Larger images really brings out the texture clarity 






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Thanks @Eli ... in the interests of transparency;  in the plugin the textures I contributed some are all Paint.net, some are sourced and some are a mixture of the both  

The biggest challenge was making them seamlessly tileable - but that's where one of the learning curves came in.  What will work - what won't


Thanks for the rep' and to @lynxster4 @Ego Eram Reputo @ReMake and @toe_head2001

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Version 1.1 has been released!


New features:

  • Reorganize the UI into 4 logical sections
  • Added lots of textures including Tiger, Zebra, Snake, etc. - Thanks to @welshblue
  • Added ability to zoom in and out from the textures
  • Added "soft light" algorithm (does not look good with Chrome, but it does with everything else)
  • Added ability to apply 3D textures to existing objects (instead of text) - Suggestion from @Ego Eram Reputo
  • Added "rules" to the UI--controls are disabled when they would not effect the current choices
  • Added more examples to the initial post



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  • BoltBait changed the title to Creative Text Pro v1.1 - By BoltBait and Welshblue - Updated February 16, 2020

What a fantastic job you've done.  The ability to add textures to objects works brilliantly (thanks EER)  The clipboard zoom in/ out just adds a whole new world to explore .. and The 'soft' option is great 


From this as an object



To this



The clipboard modification yields great results



Thanks for  this, and folks if you haven't in the past, consider sending a donation if you're in a position to... I'm sure a small thanks would go a long way for the work BoltBait put in

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Oh...oh...oh...   fainting1.gif


Fantastic!  The option to use on an object makes everything available to use!  Everyone's shapes, any png on the internet, etc...


The zoom is great, too....I was going to ask for that option.  Some of my textures are large and I'd have to resize them (smaller).


Thank you @BoltBait <3  and @welshblue <3 !


Happy Belated Valentine's??  :D




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@BoltBait  @welshblue
Welcome improvements on a job already well done. Thank You!

I see that @yellowman was able to add rotation and extrusion to his example above.

Those features would be a welcome addition to the functionality of this plugin if it was built in!
With rotation, zoom and extrusion built in, it would also lend itself to producing frames for animations.

I use a product by Magic called Xara 3D Maker 7 that does something similar.

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