midora Posted December 24, 2012 Share Posted December 24, 2012 (edited) This plugin allows the digital image editor "Paint.NET" to create nets for kaleidocycles. A kaleidocycle is a ring of pyramids which can be twisted inwards and outwards to show different sides of the pyramids. See the simple example of an animated kaleidocycle: In Paint.NET you are able to fill the visible sides of the models with your own images. Then save and print the net. Cut out the model, fold it, glue it together, and play with the result. Or do a 3D visualization of your kaleidocycle. Download Find the latest version >> PaperKaleidocycles 1.3 (24.1.2013)Installation Unzip "PaperKaleidocycles vX.X.zip" and copy the plugin (.dll file) into the "Effects" folder of your Paint.NET installation. A typical location is "C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\Effects". After a restart of Paint.NET you will find the plugin under Menu->Effects->Tools. Language support English Deutsch: Ist in Paint.NET als Sprache 'Deutsch' ausgewählt, dann sind auch die Dialogtexte und die Texte auf der erzeugten Seite in deutscher Sprache. Package content The effect dll PaintDotNET.DinA4Landscape300dpi.pdn and PaintDotNET.LetterLandscape300dpi.pdn are empty template files for Paint.NET PaperKaleidocycleDinA4Example.pdf and PaperKaleidocycleLetterExample.pdf are examples to skip the process of generating a kaleidocycle net in Paint.NET. So if you just like to test printing, cutting, folding, and glueing then use an example. PaperKaleidocycleDinA4Smileys.pdf and PaperKaleidocycleLetterSmileys.pdf are examples PaperKaleidocycleRYGB.gif is an animated GIF file to demonstrate the cycling. Instructions Create a new image in the size of the paper you like to use (here Din A4) Open the Paint.NET 'New' dialog Set 'Resolution' to 300 dpi (pixels/inch) Set 'Pixel size.Width' to 3508 Set 'Pixel size.Height' to 2480 This will create a landscape A4 page (29.7cm x 21cm) You may save this empty image in Paint.NET file format (.pdn) and set it to read only. This way you can double click the file to open it in Paint.NET as a paper template. Open plugin (Menu->Effects->Tools->Paper Kaleidocycles) Because effect plugins are not able to figure out unit and resolution of the image you have to set both values first. Now set the mode to 'Design' and choose your model. If you selected 'Hexagonal kaleidocycle' then you will see the shape of four hexagons in the selected size in the main window. The content of the shape is the previous layer data. Instead of 'Keep layer data in template' you may choose one of the examples. The image above shows the 'Letter & numbers' example in the top views. Click OK to finish this step. Fill in the hexagons with your own images. It doesn't matter if you are overpainting the area outside of the hexagons. The plugin will ignore these areas later. An other way is to do step 2. on a new transparent layer. Then you can place your images on the layer below, move them to the right position and merge the layers. Open plugin (Menu->Effects->Tools->Paper Kaleidocycles) again. Now set the mode to 'Output' (don't change the other parameters). The plugin will render the net. If you used the 'Leters & numbers' example before then you will get the following result in the main window:Click OK to finish this step. Print the image. OK this sounds easier than it is because the build-in printing is limited. You will get better result by saving the image as PDF using the ImPDF plugin (with the default settings). Then print the PDF with a PDF viewer (Set 'Page Scaling' to 'None' in the print dialog). But as long as the aspect ratio of the printed page is not destroyed and you do not care about the exact size of the kaleidocycle you can still go on. Follow the instructions on the paper. Take the model in both hands so that top view 'A' is visible. Now twist the model to see top view 'B', 'C', and 'D'. Visualization There is an additional mode called 'Visualization'. It renders top, front, right, and bottom view of the model to the main window. By changing the cycle state property you can see your model in different states. Here is an example of an star kaleidocycle: More options Instead of 'Design based on top views' you may choose 'Design based on mirroring/rotating a triangle'. This way it is easier to fill the faces with a pattern. 'Model orientation and rotation': Allows you to adapt the 'Rotatable view' in visualization mode. Edited October 11, 2017 by midora Added link to zipped DLL 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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