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I saw a request for this in paint.net discussion and questions and thought i would make a tutorial on it so here you go!


NOTE: SETTINGS MAY NEED TO BE ADJUSTED FOR DIFFERENT SIZED TEXT


Plugins needed:
AA's assistant from dpy's plugin pack
Object Shadow, Outline object, and Feather Object from Boltbait's plugin pack
Trail from Pyrochild's plugin pack

End result:
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Step 1: Remove the background (the blank white canvas) by pressing CTRL+A, then hit delete
Step 2: Insert your text in all CAPS with the font Bahnschrift Condensed (comes with windows 10) color hex #FF1919
(download if its not on your computer for whatever reason)
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Step 3: outline object with following settings:
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Step 4: AA's assistant with all settings at max
Step 5: Duplicate layer
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Step 6: On bottom layer, apply trail with following settings
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Step 7: Select magic wand tool, set tolerance to 0, set flood mode to global, then click on the transparent part (still on bottom layer)
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Step 8: Press CTRL+I to invert selection
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Step 9: Set hex to #FF5959 and hit backspace on keyboard to fill selection, then deselect
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Step 10: Run AA's assistant again with the same settings
Step 11: Press CTRL+F to repeat aa's assistant
Step 12: merge two layers together
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Step 13: Object shadow with following settings
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Step 14: Run Transparency Plugin at max setting
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Step 15: Set magic wand to global flood mode, select the black, then adjust tolerance to the highest thing possible without selecting anything else
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Step 16: Run transparency plugin again with following settings (can be adjusted to liking)
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Step 17: Deselect
Step 18: Run feather plugin
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Finished!
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Edited by LoudSilence
updated plugin interface
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To be fair, and this is just my opinion but I don't think it's the worst tutorial that's been published (but what do I know)

 

The effect, especially the shadow placement is very effective, and opens up the possibilities to use it/ expand on it in other ways

(Although the Trail part might look better darker than the font face ?)

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15 hours ago, LoudSilence said:

I agree that the trail looks better when darker, but I'm teaching a certain style how to do this

Your tutorial - your way ... but isn't that statement rather contradictory .

If you're going to show a way,  wouldn't you want the best outcome aesthetically ?  Right now the 2 contrasts throw the eyes

 

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