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How to do the Windows Mystify Screensaver effect?

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I was wondering if it was possible to create an effect like the Windows Mystify Screensaver effect. If you don't know what I'm talking about its sorta like this:


See those sorta aurora things except they have multiple lines? Maybe this is an extension to that aurora effect tutorial that was posted a while back?

Thanks for the help!

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For the lines in particular, you could draw your lines individually (or using a combination of plugins...*) as an Alpha Mask - white lines on a black canvas - then draw a gradient (could use Gradient Mapping for this) and apply the mask.

With the above you can achieve the gradiated line effect quite accurately. The rest I'm thinking of fonts for the floral pattern, adjustments to a photograph (Portrait, Brightness / Contrast, Sepia, Curves, etc.) for the backdrop, and the Glitter plugin for the flares. That's how I would do it.

*EDIT: the Paint Bucket tool for example - primary colour opaque, secondary fully transparent - combined with Sine Waves or the like.

Why did I put this as a foot note...?

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I believe that Ed Harvey effects has a plugin called "Fragment." This might achieve this effect. :-)


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The best way to do this in Paint.NET is to draw some bezier curves and/or straight lines and then use Radial Blur Deluxe with the low(est) 'Steps' setting. Because of the low quality issue, it's best to do this at about twice the size of your desired image size and then just downsize the image after getting the desired effect.


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