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KingOIII

That 'glossy' effect

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So for months (literally) I've been trying to add that 'glossy' effect to my signatures/etc.

However I always come to this;

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Which really upsets me, because I see no way of anti-aliasing that.

Am I doing something wrong? What are some other ways to add the gloss effect?

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When you come to draw anything that needs anti-aliased lines, then do make sure you have Anti-Aliasing active:

:AntiAliasingOff: - Anti-Aliasing off;

:AntiAliasingOn: - Anti-Aliasing on.

You can see where these are located in Paint.NET here:

http://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/en/Toolbar.html.

I would suggest to just re-draw that shine.

If, however, you feel the need to anti-alias an aliased line, then use Search (http://www.searchpaint.net) to look for the plugins Anti-Alias, Basic Anti-Alias and Feather, as these, to a certain degree, help to reduce this. Try them all out and see which works best for the circumstance you need it for.

Search can also be used to find answers to these kind of problems, too ;).

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Well, there are two ways that can be used for that shine - the way you just described, and my preferred way:

Your method (slightly modified):

- instead of using an elliptical selection, use the Ellipse Shape Tool ( :EllipseTool: ) on a new layer positioning where you want it, and in what colour you want it (don't forget to enable AA :AntiAliasingOn: ). This may take some tinkering;

- one the same layer, use the Gradient Tool in Transparency Mode (from this: :AllColorChannels: to this: :AlphaChannel:) and draw your gradient across. When you come to apply it, it will become apparent what it does and how to do it.

My preferred method (not necessarily the right method, mind):

- on a new layer as always, use the Line / Curve Tool ( :LineCurveTool: ) in the colour of your shine to draw from one top corner to the other, then adjust the nubs to give it the curve. Again, this will be apparent when you try this.

  • - if you use the right mouse button, instead of the left, to manipulate the nubs, you can achieve a Bezier Curve, which is a much smoother curve than a regular one. This is optional but still try it out, anyway.

- fill the space in, where your shine will be, with the Paint Bucket ( :PaintBucketTool: ) and a high tolerance (http://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/en/T ... #Tolerance) - between 50% and 60% should be enough;

- you can either lower the opacity of the layer (Layers > Layer Properties) or use the above method of gradation to achieve the gloss effect.

Both the above techniques allow an anti-aliased shine for your userbar, faux-metal or other works which require a reflection.

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I do.

KingOIII, you now have a third way to try, the Smooth Plugin. The particulars of which would be better explained by salu. Does any of this help you? And are you still unsure of anything?

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I agree that he should have asked for help sooner, but I admire his tenacity. Either way, try to keep off-topic posts to yourself, especially when your post contains nothing pertinent to the question.. Thank you! :-D

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