pyrochild Posted December 13, 2007 Share Posted December 13, 2007 This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to open or download it Here's what you're making: Yup, here it is. Finally. The long-awaited pyro-sig tutorial. I didn't even want to write a tutorial on this, but was suckered into it by countless requests, both in the main forum as well as private messages. A few emails even came my way... weird. To be perfectly honest, I don't think this is actually worth a full-blown tutorial, but hey, anything to keep y'all happy... These instructions are to create an exact duplicate of my signature. Obviously, you just might want to change something or other, especially the name... unless you're the nitwit who keeps stealing my username on other forums. And deviantART. Grr. Font and plugins needed: Evanescence from pyrochild's plugins: Gradient Bars Outline Object Curves+ (Optional) Gradient Mapping (Optional) from MadJik's plugins: Water Reflection from evanolds' plugins: Conditional Hue/Saturation (Optional) The procedure: 1 - Set Primary color to WHITE and Secondary color to BLACK -Paint.NET starts up with Primary BLACK and Secondary WHITE. Click the little bent arrow by the color wheel or press 'X' on your keyboard to swap them. 2 - Create a new image, 1000 x 200 pixels. File -> 🆕 New... 3 - Select the top half of your image Tool: -> Rectangle Select -Your selection should span the whole width of your image, and go from the very top to about halfway down. You can use the text in the Status Bar to help you select the correct height 4 - Run Gradient Bars Effects -> Render -> Gradient Bars... -Set Scale to 1.50 5 - Create a new layer Layers -> :AddNewLayer: Add New Layer 6 - Set your primary color back to BLACK and Secondary color to WHITE -Press 'x' -or click the little arrow again -or press the black and white swatch button 7 - Draw a reflected gradient across the image Tool: -> Gradient, Linear (Reflected) -Start your gradient from the middle of the image and drag it across to either the right or left edge -It's fine if your gradient only covers the top half of the image 8 - Set the Blending Mode of the top layer to Color Burn Layers -> :LayerProperties: Layer Properties... -Depending on your gradient, there may be a black bar in the bottom half of your image. Ignore it; it'll disappear in step 9. 9 - Merge the layers Layers -> :MergeLayerDown: Merge Layer Down 10 - Duplicate the layer Layers -> :DuplicateLayer: Duplicate Layer 11 - Set the Blending Mode of the top layer to Negation Layers -> :LayerProperties: Layer Properties... 12 - Merge the layers Layers -> :MergeLayerDown: Merge Layer Down 13 - Color! -Use whatever methods you feel comfortable with to recolor the image -I used Curves+ in the original, but now I think I'd prefer Gradient Mapping. Conditional Hue/Saturation works also. -If you don't know how to recolor it, well, there are lots of other tutorials that cover that, so ... http://searchpaint.net/ 14 - Run Water Reflection Effects -> Distort -> Water Reflection... -Set Duration to 200, all other values can be left at default. 15 - Create a new layer and name it Shadow Layers -> :AddNewLayer: Add New Layer 16 - Draw your text on the Shadow layer Tool: -> Text -Font: Evanescent 72pt 17 - Duplicate the Shadow layer and name it Text Layers -> :DuplicateLayer: Duplicate Layer 18 - Put the shadow behind the text Layers -> Rotate / Zoom... -Start with these settings, then tweak them as needed to make the shadow look like it's being cast by the text -Roll / Rotate: 0.00, -90.00, 75.00 -Pan: 0.00, 0.30 19 - Add a new layer under the Shadow layer and name it Glow Layers -> :AddNewLayer: Add New Layer 20 - Draw a filled ellipse Tool: -> Shapes Ellipse :ShapeInterior: Draw Filled Shape 21 - Run Gaussian Blur Effects -> Blurs -> Gaussian Blur... -Radius: 25 22 - Recolor the shadow You know how... if not, http://searchpaint.net/ 23 - Run Outline Object on the Text layer Effects -> Object -> Outline Object... -Width: 15 -Softness: 254 24 - Run Water Reflection on the Text layer Effects -> Distort -> Water Reflection... -Distance: 70.00 -Waves period: 1.50 -Duration: 100.00 DONE! Post your results... -If you plan on using this as your sig image, remember to scale it down to no wider than 500px and no taller than 150px. Otherwise, a moderator will remove it. 1 2 Quote ambigram signature by Kemaru [i write plugins and stuff] If you like a post, upvote it! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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