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* Improved Quick Spanner/ Wrench

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

This tut is looking a bit jaded and faded so I'm going to be re-vamping it to a newer sexier version.

I'll be updating it over the coming weeks as I work out quicker, simpler steps for all level of Paint.NET users.

Working towards something like the image below:

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Plug-Ins Needed:

I'll start of with making the 2D version of the spanner

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Now for the fun/ tricky part. For those who want to make their own shiney cog here's a .png template

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For those who want to use a ready made one - there's over 20 layers in it, so it's easier to share than write a separate tut'

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Now for the magical part ... Use Inside Out on the cog. It gives you this:

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... I'll post the steps for making it 3D when I've worked out a simpler, quicker way ...

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This is a quick tut' in how I made the spanner/ wrench in this image:
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Finishes to metals are always a personal thing and I'll let you's decide which you want, making it quicker and easier for me to write this tut' :lol:

... plus the hamster powering my PC is looking very tired, running around on his lil' wheel ...

The inspiration came from Ash's 3D Chrome tut' Click thanks Ash

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*** Don't forget. To get the best finishes Feather/ Alpha Mask as you go.

Like everything, the end result will always reflect the preparation. As will putting your own personal touches ... like any tut'

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Thanks guys :D

From expert tut' writers like yourselves, that really does mean something :!:

Although I've just realised there should be a step 14 ... put some shadows down the shaft/ handle below the ring and open ender :roll:

I guess that can come under personal touches :lol:

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I just tried this and got stuck at number 5 where it says select the yellow part and delete but when I did that it removed the circle instead :oops: my main question is how do I select the yellow rounded line ?

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Just checking if you drew the yellow line on a new layer ?

After that, on the yellow line layer ... magic wand anywhere on the canvas and then press ctrl i

... the marching ants are just around the yellow line ?

Then switch to the Open End 1 Layer and press Delete on your keyboard. Delete the yellow layer from the Layers window and it should be good to go :wink:

Actually I've just noticed one layer should be called ring spanner ... but it started out as a double open ender. :)

And I'll be changing the images, so they're shown full size instead of clickable thumbs. More convenient ?

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Let me try this again , I think I did . You know I'm really lame at making things :lol: crosses fingers ... Nope , doesn't work . I tried everything and still , the yellow thing is there . Instead the other part gets deleted . And yes , the ants are around it but it won't remove it . :oops: I guess I must be doing something wrong . Sorry

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I've started to re-write this to a sexier more realistic tutorial (IMO :P )

I've posted the 1st few steps, but if the Mods are unhappy because it's not a finished version, feel free to lock it (not that you need permission to do so :lol:) or I'll take the images down until I've worked out a quicker, simplified version

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Now for the magical part ... Use Inside Out on the cog. It gives you this:

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OK, something seems amiss here. I downloaded the cog above and used the "Inside/Out" plugin and this is what I got:

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Any ideas what happened?

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OK, something seems amiss here. I downloaded the cog above and used the "Inside/Out" plugin and this is what I got:

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Any ideas what happened?

This should give you the results you're looking for.

1.) Start with new canvas.

2.) Add new layer.

3.) Open png file.

4.) Copy & paste png file to new layer.

5.) Align object (center).

6.) Apply inside out plugin.

Edited by Jaxon

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Nice tut, hope you don't mind but I was messing around with another tut,

and wondered what would happen if I made a silhouette of a spanner and followed it.

This came out.

I also got the same problems with the cogs after running the inside out plugin, haven't tried the new images you have posted though.

Just tried the new images and they work fine, I think its something to do with the size of the canvas as long as the cog is central the bigger the canvas the smaller the teeth.

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