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I am very new to Paint.NET, I just installed it yesterday. I barely know how to do anything, but what I am really hoping to get out of it is to learn to become a graphics designer for forums. I want to be able to create images (banners, signatures, avatars, affiliate mini-banners, icons, buttons, etc.) such as these:


http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a1/Hyp ... iggy-1.png

I do not know how to add text (with different fonts, colors, etc.) or to blend images and make them all the same color, such as in the examples above. Can someone please help me???

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Step 1. Install version 3.0 Beta 2 from the website, http://www.getpaint.net . Most people are still using 2.72, but 3.0 has a gradient tool that helps a lot on this stuff.

Step 2. ... I'm sure someone else can fill in the rest much better than I can :)

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Step 2. ... I'm sure someone else can fill in the rest much better than I can :)

You could help him more than me, but i'll give it a go...

For the first image, its just images stacked on eachother though layers, and the top layers are adjusted thourgh opacity... to give the other images, below them, visibilty... and the gradent tool will help emencly... by putting your primary color down to "transparent" and your secondary not... you can get some cool fades...

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Step 2: Well for image blending, the gradient tool is god. It has a nice little function called alpha blending.

First have the image you want to blend over the layer with the main background. Then select the gradient tool:


...and select one of the various different shapes to gradient:


Next click on the down arrow on the colorful box next to it and select "Transparency Mode:"


And finally click and hold on the part of the image you want to be on the background layer (blended in) and drag away from that point to get part of that image to b e visible and fade into the background layer:


And you're done ^_^

(Edit: Sorry Pic, I was typing this before you posted and didn't know that you had posted when I made this =/)

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