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Hello, :D

I want to create a shiny white plastic surface in Paint.net which will be similar like on this picture who present a Mac mouse . Because I want to create a professional look for my idea of Firefox menu. I want insert this "idea" in a form of graphic pictures on the site "MozillaWiki" where this kind of ideas can be posted. Some time ago I began to invent a ideas for Mozilla menu, first because I didn't know how Mozilla will resolve the menu , and then after Firefox beta out because I don't like the official idea of the menu. Now I have two great ideas like QuickMenu and QuickMenu 2 and I want to show them in a professional form. This is a blog where I posted my ideas done in the simple windows paint program, where I show how works my ideas.

But I want just ask how can I make these kind of surface in paint.net. This will be the surface of the entire menu. I'm a beginner in using paint.net so I really kindly ask for help. =O

I already asked for help on Italian and polish forum but they just didn't know to do it. So they send me here ;)

Thanks,

Dave

P.S Relly sory for my English if will be founded grammatical errors. If something is non understood please ask me. :)

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My goal was made a surface most white it could be, but at the same time would have the effect of gloss plastic. In another words a surface which would have a different effect from the simple white , which would be more different, distinctive, beauty. Making all this by using the gray gradient has certain restrictions. By default after making the gradient etc the effect is definitely too gray (although I used to paint the gradient, the light gray as the first and transparent as the second color ). So wanting to obtain a more white color of the surface, there is a need to do something with this for improve the final result.

There are two method. Is possible to reduce the gray by reducing the opacity or trying to obtain the same in the option Brightness/ Contrast in the Adjustments menu, or by using both options.By this way I obtained a really nice, almost white surface, different a bit from the simple white.

But now I want to ask someone if is possible to do more using different techniques or software. I want to ask some professional graphic maybe, about the possibility of obtain something better. By using the opacity and Brightness/ Contrast in the Adjustments I choosing between making the surface more white but more simple too or more plastic, gloss but definitely not white. So I have a question if by using another or additional techniques I can avoid this natural restriction. Maybe by using another more professional software ? I would to obtain a most white surface I can but keeping in the same time the gloss/ plastic/ distinctive effect, different from the simple white. I would that my surface, for the menu, would be an intensive white (warm white ? ) with the gloss effect which underline his plastic and distinctive effect. But only this, only for underline this effect. I don't need the gloss for gloss. Without ostentation. I'm not a graphic so I have the difficulties to define what is possible and what is not and to choose the most appropriate terms.

In the poor words. Someone know how obtain a better effect from this ? Is this possible ?

P.S Maybe I just exaggerate... Tell me, please if yes.

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well you are not going to get it with one layer and one click of the button. suggest you do some of the glossy button style techniques tuts and get the hang of looking at this as layers and more layers of semi gradiants. look at Helen's tut perhaps she uses lines of white for shine and some blur techniques.....

ciao OMA

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well you are not going to get it with one layer and one click of the button. suggest you do some of the glossy button style techniques tuts and get the hang of looking at this as layers and more layers of semi gradiants. look at Helen's tut perhaps she uses lines of white for shine and some blur techniques.....

ciao OMA

Ciao OMA :lol:

Thanks for your information. I really appreciate your help :D

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