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Polar Inversion

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Why is it regarded as something bad?

I used it on one of my pictures that has a lightning effect and it created an awesome, spiraling lightning bolt with cool designs along the sides.

So...

Why?

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It's not bad. It's just been overused. Kinda like a song they play on the radio over and over and over ... after the first 80 billion times, it loses its novelty.

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Polar Inversion is a cool effect. It's use is not considered 'bad' unless the user is using the effect to hide deficiencies in their artistic abilities.

Case #1: The user creates a nice but not exceptional image. "Oh well, back to the drawing board..." they think. Then they wonder if they can turn this image into something really cool by applying a randomly chosen effect (this is like composing a symphony by randomly assembling notes). Applying the PI effect transforms the image into something radically different. "Oh WOW - I'm an artist!" they think and post the image everywhere they can, drawing bemused reactions from the people who can tell at a glance exactly what the user has done. [inappropriate Overuse]

Case #2: Experienced Paint.NET user is almost completed their latest masterpiece. It's something like a photo-realistic Sci-Fi street scene from the future. The image lacks a final touch - a cool looking futuristic watch face for the guy in the scene. PI creates something interesting and sufficiently clock-like to shrink down and paste into the small watch face. [Appropriate Use]

IMHO: Polar Inversion is a transformation that should be understood before it is used. If you apply it hoping for something nice to happen then good luck & I wish you all the best. This approach to making art is like a builder who randomly nails bits of wood together and hopes for a house. If you apply Polar Inversion knowing what the result will be then you have used it as a tool. Which is what it is.

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Thank you! :P

The thing that made me suspicious was that both the spammers (the other one being on my tutorial) were posting in Russian.

It's a conspiracy! :lol:

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Here are a couple of pictures where I used Polar Inversion:

Good:

VW_bug.png

ChainSawPolarInversion.png

Notice how I used it on the images, then cut out only one of the areas of the photo for the final image. You probably wouldn't have guessed it was PI unless I told you, right?

Bad:

ItsAJoke.jpg

Some people think adding PI to any picture suddenly makes them a rad artist.*

Hope this helps!

(*same thing applies to Tile Reflection)

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