Sarkut Posted October 27, 2010 Share Posted October 27, 2010 This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it A way of making gold metal with Metalize, Gaussian Blur and Gradient Mapping. Metalize, AA's Assistant Align Object Alpha Mask Gradient Mapping Demo. Open a new canvas of 200x500. Fill the background with black, make the layer not visible, make a new layer. Add some 108 size text, Gaussian Blur @ 1 radius, AA's Assistant at default, name the layer "Mask". ====================================== Copy the Mask layer into the clipboard. On your keyboard, press: Ctrl + A Ctrl + C Ctrl + D This will select All of the layer, Copy the selection into the Windows clipboard, and Deselect. Make the Mask layer not visible. Position a new layer below the Mask layer, fill it with a vertical linear gradient of Hex C0C0C0 to Hex A0A0A0. Name the layer "Text". ====================================== Apply Alpha Mask with all checkboxes filled. ====================================== With the Shift key down, Magic Wand the alpha outside the text, Invert selection (Ctrl+Shift+I) Make a new layer and apply Bevel Selection at default settings. ====================================== Deselect and Gaussian blur @ 4 radius. Merge down. Duplicate the layer twice. Apply Metalize Type 1, to the lowest text layer, Type 2 to the middle layer, Type 3 to the top layer. ========================================= Set the middle and top layers to Negation blending mode. ======================================== Gaussian Blur all three text layers @ 2 radius. Merge the middle text layer into the bottom text layer, then merge the remaining upper text layer into the bottom text layer.. Apply AA's Assistant at default settings. Use Gradient Mapping to colorize. Be sure to have the Preserve Alpha box checked. ======================================== The key is to apply enough blur at each step to eliminate internal jagginess without blurring excessively. Objects of different sizes, shapes, and gradients of different character will require adjustments to these settings, blend modes, etc. to get the best results. ============================================== Can be used for jewelry making. With Trail plugin. Regarding Gradient Mapping Hidden Content: Copy/paste the XML into this folder. "C:\Users\<"Username">\Documents\Paint.NET User Files\Effect Presets\Gradient Mapping" Then choose it from the top dropdown menu. The Load button doesn't seem to work for loading the XML file. (Maybe it has a different purpose.) Sarkut\'s Yellow Gold.zip 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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