Goonfella Posted January 29, 2015 Share Posted January 29, 2015 (edited) This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it This is an updated tutorial of a DVD originally posted by Vezixig. Plugins used -Align Object by moc426 AA`s Assistant and Metallize from dpy`s Plugin Pack Polygones from Boltbait`s Plugin Pack This is what we will be creating- My names for the layers are just my preferences. You can do the same or use your own, it doesn`t really matter. 1. Create a new Image 500x500 and either color it (any color will do except grey) or do as I did and make it transparent using Ctrl-A > Del. Rename it Back colour . 2.New Layer called Background and paint a light grey(#cccccc) filled circle starting at 0,0 to 499,499. Use Align Object to make sure the circle is centered and AA`s Assistant at default settings to smooth the edges. 3.New Layer. Name it Rim. Open up Boltbait`s Polygon plugin (Effects>Render>Polygon/Stars) and use these settings to create a rim around the circle using colour #777777. Thanks to Boltbait for his suggestion, it does make this step much easier. 4. New Layer called Inner Rim - Draw a circle with linestrength 20 and a size of 155x155, colour #777777. To make it easier to get the right size I started at 100,100 and drew the circle out to 255,255. Then AA and Align Center as before. 5. Merge the two layers into one. Rename the layer Outline. 6. New Layer. Name it Center Circle. Make a circle with linestrength 35 and a size of 90x90 - Align Center and AA it. Still using #777777 as color. 7. New Layer - Center Circle2 - Linestrength 5 - Size 130x130 - Color: #FFFFFF - Align center followed by AA 8. New Layer - Center Circle3 - Linestrength 5 - Size 52x52 - Color: #FFFFFF - again use Align center & AA 9. Merge these 3 Layers into one. Open the Layer Properties and set the alpha blend to 90. That`s the first part done. Now to add some colour. 10. On the Background layer add Noise - Intensity 40, Colour Saturation 0 and Coverage 100. Then use Radial Blur at an angle of 50, the rest default. This ensures the track lines are not too powerful, as EER pointed out when I used an angle of 10. Thanks for that feedback EER. Then use Metallize - Angle 360, Type 0 , or you could use Curves. Play with the settings until you are happy. Just a note - the images of my DVD from this point still have the old angle of 10 so yours should look even better at the end! 11. Add a layer between Background and Outline.Name it Colour Lines. Select the Line-tool and Draw a Line with a width of 30 from the Center of the image to the outline. Select a dark purple as color like #400089. 12. On the same layer add a new line with the same settings except the color - chose a brighter purple like #7C0089. Paint it next to the First line with some offset. 13. Repeat adding lines moving the color to pink. 14. Next a step which I consider to be optional. Vezixig used this but I never felt the need to. Select the Effect > Distort > Bulge plugin to, surprise surprise - bulge the lines! Unfortunately I don`t know what settings he used but you can always experiment. 15. Select the Effect > Blurs > Gaussian Blur. I used 55 as my setting but yours may differ. 16. Select the Effect > Blurs > Fragment at default settings except for Fragment Count which I set at 20. 17. Set the opacity of my layer to 175. 18. On new layers add some more color gradients from Blue to green and green to yellow using the same technique as Steps 13-17. 19. Merge your Gradient Layers into one and set the Opacity to 175. Play around with the curves to lighten/darken up the gradients to get the "perfect" look. Or if you like you can keep the layers apart and adjust them separately which gives you more control over the end result. 20. Create a new Layer called Highlights and draw white colored lines from the center of the images in all directions to the outer line. It's ok if they overlay the previous created color gradients. 21. Next use Gaussian Blur. Mine was at 30. Adjust the setting until you are happy. 22. Play around with the Layer opacity to get smooth looking reflections. I used an opacity of 190. 23. New Layer called Shadows and do Steps 20-22 again. Now use black as color. I used 90 for Gaussian Blur and 190 again as opacity. The result should look something like this: Here is how I set up my Layers - 24. Finally we have to clean up the ROM. Go to the Outline Layer and Select the outside Area with the Magic Wand and a tolerance of 60%. Now erase this area from all gradient Layers. 25. Select the inside Area of the Outline Layer and erase the selection from the gradient Layers. 26. Select the Center Circle- Then go to the Background layer and also delete . Use AA once again to smooth things out. 27. Change the opacity of the Center Circle layer to your preferred opacity. I used 120. And there you are. Hopefully you should have a final image something like the one below. You can color in the Backcolor layer or leave it transparent. I will be leaving it transparent once the tut is finished so I can save as a PNG file in case I want to use it in other projects. Final Image - Edited March 15, 2019 by Woodsy Rehosted to Postimage. 5 Quote Please feel free to visit my Gallery on PDNFans And my Alternatives to PDN Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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