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Moderators Note: I've rehosted WelshBlue's original images in order to revive this tutorial ~ EER (21 Nov 2015 and again 08 July 2017)

 

 

What we're making in this tutorial...

 

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Further examples (click for a larger image)

 

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Inspired by yellowman's Bevelled Text tutorial on youtube and a conversation with EER where I admitted I'm not very adventurous with plugins and stick to the bare few.

Plug-Ins Needed:

Alpha Mask

(Yep you read right ... me using Alpha Mask )

Engrave/ Emboss

Object Align

Object Edge

Outline Object

I used the Cafe Nero Font http://www.dafont.com/search.php?q=cafe+nero

 

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in the above image Layer 4 denotes a background I put in to show the text a bit more clearly. Add a New layer, create your background of choice and move it below the text layers. Apologies for any confusion

 

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Thanks mate.  Nice result

 

Daft thing is I've just had to do it myself because the steps didn't look right.  Luckily it was the same outcome.  I think I've been doing too much PDN and the head is going a bit

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It is good for shapes Sasha, nice result, good outcome by Drew and Vodka Princess too. A very easy to follow tutorial Welshblue, well written and worth a pin too. Thank you so much for taking time to do this. :)  Heres my take on a  shape using this tutorial and lots of rotate / zoom (just zoom)

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Really nice results everyone ... I've never tried it on shapes - it's cool when you inspire the tutorial writer ;)

 

@ VP ... I've only ever used chunky(ish) or straight fonts when practising it.  When I've got time I'll try some intricate fonts and see if there's a remedy for the 'jagged' look.

It could be the Negation blend mode.  

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Gaussian blurring spoils the final image IMO.  You can get around this to a certain degree by using Sharpen+ but it's never the same.

Everything I publish is made on the same sized canvas (unless it's for printing) and I never get the jaggies.  (I used to when I couldn't have a drink or toke ...)

 

I think the fault here lies with Negation/and or Curves on the Princess text.  Maybe experiment with the Curve settings a bit ... oh hang on that's my job as the tutorial writer ;)

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Geat tute Welshy - although I got a bit mixed up bewtween the stage just before adding curves.  It's been while since I used PDN :(

 

Herewith my attempt;

 

 

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a little frustrated here. maybe i missed something. I was fine up until the alpha mask and blend mode. what am i missing. where did layer 4 come from and where did the alpha mask layer go? What am i doing wrong?

 

 

 nevermind i figure it out. the merge has to come before the blending mode and other changes..... im special lol

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Well, I don't get it. Where did layer 4 come from, what IS layer  4, and where did the black text alpha layer go????????

Then, in the next step, the gloss layer and background are gone, and there are two text layers! (ok, you merge the two, but that leaves you with one layer)

Sorry, but I'm new to Paint.net, you can't skip steps on me yet. I got up to and through doing the Alpha Layer step.

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Sorry xod ... too many tutorial irons in the fire and not responding quick enough.

 

Magic sums up your take on it.  I like how you've got it looking plasticcy and metally in one.  (if you know wot I mean )

 

And thanks.  Is it really a week ago already ?

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