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This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it

Note: Since this is my first tut, as requested by Bugster, it might be a little confusing, but I hope it is good enough.

Also, I like to use (x,y) coordinates a lot when doing my pieces. You can find these in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Plugins needed:

Align Object
Transparency

1. Make a new canvas (duh). Any size you want, but its better if its a square. I will be using 600 x 600 (the largest that will fit on my screen at 100% zoom).

2. Add a new layer, name it "Base", and using the Ellipse tool on "Draw filled shape", draw a dark gray circle from (100,100) to (500,500) while holding shift.

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3. Using Magic Wand set to 0% tolerance, select the outside of the circle. Invert the selection (Ctrl + I).

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4. Add a new layer, name it Base Gradient. You should still have the circle selected.

Using black/white for your fore/background colors respectively, draw a gradient from the bottom edge of the

canvas to the top.

Set the Layer Blending Mode to Glow.

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5. Add a new layer, name it Base Bevel. You should still have the circle selected. Using the Ellipse tool on "Draw shape outline" with a width of 15,

draw a circle from (105,105) to (495,495) while holding shift.

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6. Gaussian Blur this layer by 15. Set the Transparency to about 20% Transparent.

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7. Add a new layer, call it Base Brushed Metal. Fill your selection with black, add noise with 64 Intensity, 0 Color Saturation, and 100 Coverage.

Motion Blur this at a 0 degree angle with 50 Distance. Make sure Centered is checked.

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Set the Layer Blending Mode to Negation.

8. Now add a new layer and call it Picture. This layer is where you are going to have what is shown in the center.

For this tutorial, I will be using a slightly adjusted Paint.NET logo.

Make sure it is a circle, and center it using Align Object.

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9. Now, we want to make the inset object look shiny, so we are going to add a few reflections.

Make a new layer and call it Radial Reflection. Using the Ellipse Select tool, select a circular area a few

pixels smaller than your picture.

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10. Using white as your foreground color and a fully transparent color for your background, draw a radial gradient

from the middle-bottom of your selection towards the top edge of the canvas.

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11. Deselect and Gaussian Blur at 15. Set the Transparency to about 20% Transparent.

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12. Make a new layer and call it Circular Reflection. Draw a white filled circle at the top of your picture.

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13. Using a transparency gradient, draw a linear gradient from about 1/3 of the white circle to the bottom of the circle.

Then set the Transparency to about 50% Transparent.

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14. On a new layer called Rectangular Reflections, draw four filled rectangles spaced evenly side by side.

Then draw another four filled shorter rectangles above them.

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Align Object Horizontal.

15. Use Bulge at 100 in the center.

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Then use a -100 Bulge towards the sides of the rectangles.

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You should have something like this.

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16. Using a transparency gradient, draw a vertical linear reflected gradient from the center of the picture to the outside edge.

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17. Now use a transparency gradient and draw a horizontal linear reflected gradient from the center of the reflection outwards.

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Adjust the Transparency if needed (to make it less harsh).

Adjust the Rectangular Reflection so it is a little below the circular reflection.

18. Create a new layer and call it Bottom Right Shadow. Go to the layer Picture and with the magic wand set at 0% tolerance, select the outer parts and invert the selection.

On the layer Bottom Right Shadow, use the Ellipse Select tool set in subtract mode and make a small crescent selection in the bottom right corner. Fill it with black.

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19. Select the picture again by using the magic wand at 0% tolerance and inverting the selection, then go to Bottom Right Shadow, and Gaussian Blur at 12.

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20. Now for the Top Left Shadow. So make a new layer and name it that. Then repeat step 18, except make a larger crescent selection, but in the top left corner.

Then repeat step 19, but Gaussian Blur at 30.

21. Time to make it look "inset." Make a new layer, and call it Inset Dark. Using the ellipse tool at Draw Shape Outline and a pixel width of 15,

draw a circle that partly covers the edges of your picture.

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22. Duplicate the layer and name the duplicate Inset Light. Use Brightness and Contrast to turn this circle white.

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23. Use a transparency linear gradient from the bottom right corner of your canvas to the top left of your canvas.

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After a resize (to smooth out the edges a little), and a little more adjustment, here was my finished product:

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Yes , but im first working on new signature/avatar

and because you already got it in yours im not going to steal the idea :wink:

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