KrisVDM

Drop Shadow and other effects, KrisVDM's Plugin Pack (updated 2010-10-26)

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I just downloaded your plug in and have a question. Can i change the direct of the edge fade? It comes from the top right of the photo and want mine to come from the left or top left of the photo? If this is not possible, does anyone know of a plug in that will fade the edge from any direction? thank you!

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Use the sliders and set them to negative values. The X slider when set to a negative value will offset the drop shadow to the left. Similarly, the Y slider when negative offsets the shadow to the top.

Sorry, those instructions above are for offsetting the Dropshadow effect - I need to read more carefully!

For the fade of one edge (left edge in this case):

Do a rectangular selection using the rectangle selection tool :RectangleSelectTool: include only the edge you want to fade, then run the effect.

Note: you may need to artificially extend the top and bottom canvas borders to get the effect to extend right to the top & bottom edges of the image. (Image > Canvas Size. Settings: anchor image LEFT, increase the height by an absolute size (not maintain apsect ratio) - add about 100px to the original height). Crop the extra off once you've run the effect. If you're wanting to fade two adjoining edges, increase both height and width (maintaining aspect ratio) and anchoring the image to centre.

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I am just new to digital photography editing and effects and love the program. My boss who is a professional photographer tried to teach me photoshop and it just made my head hurt,(to much to learn) This program is easy to use and for someone just starting out and not sure if they want to get into something like this, free is good. It sounds like the majority of you are more advance, maybe you should go to photoshop if this isn't working or just stop whining. The fact that he keeps adding new effects and plug-in is a gift. Did I say this is free and he doesn't have to do that.

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Can somebody help me here, when I try to run the installer it says that I do not have Paint.NET installed even though I can clearly see it is installed and fully functional. Why doesn't it detect Paint.NET on my computer?

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Guest Genius Picaso

to me this seem like something I should get but still about to download it and see what its like for myself

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Hi Kris.

I Have your (up to date) plugin's installed on my pc, but each time I run one Pdn is telling me that there is a newer version of your pack available. I know I am up to date with them, so why is it asking me to update? (should it be asking me? Just thought I would enquire with you here :)

Great plugins btw ;)

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Kris,

When you packaged all your dll files into one inconvenient installer, did you leave an original package somewhere with just the dll files for those of us that need to copy them manually because we're emulating a PC, or running Paint.NET off a portable platform such as LiberKey on a USB drive, or didn't install our Paint.Net in the default directory, or, or ,or ,or?

EDIT: Even if you added a feature to target the main directory of Paint.Net that would suffice... Im not trying to be rude, but it's ignorant to assume everyone is running a standard Paint.Net installation in the default directory. People can flame for the "not appreciating the work and effort put forth" by you, but how can I appreciate what I have been denied access to... Im sure you understand.

Edited by Ruined1

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It should say that only if you indeed do not have the latest version. You can download the latest version from http://users.telenet...etEffects.html. Unzip and run the installer.

Hmm. I tried that but get a "404 page not found" error :/

[Edit] Never mind, I have just clicked on the link in the fisrt post and have downloaded them :)

Edited by nitenurse79

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When you packaged all your dll files into one inconvenient installer, did you leave an original package somewhere with just the dll files for those of us that need to copy them manually because we're emulating a PC, or running Paint.NET off a portable platform such as LiberKey on a USB drive, or didn't install our Paint.Net in the default directory, or, or ,or ,or?

Im not trying to be rude, but it's ignorant to assume everyone is running a standard Paint.Net installation in the default directory.

That would indeed be rather ignorant. The installer is detecting the folder in which you installed Paint.NET, if it was indeed installed. To be honest, I didn't consider LiberKey at the time, because I simply didn't know about it. The next version of the installer will though. And before you ask: no, I don't know when it will be released yet.

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Hi Kris, thanks for the drop shadow effect. I was wondering if you have a vid tutorial or another thread somewhere on how to use your effects step by step? Thanks, I've been playing with them tonight and haven't been having much luck.

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I've been playing with them tonight and haven't been having much luck.

If people don't have much luck with the drop shadow or object align effects, that's usually because they try them photo's or other images without transparency. You really need transparency around "objects" for these to have any effect.

If that's the case, could you be somewhat more specific about your problems?

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If that's the case, could you be somewhat more specific about your problems?

Humm, maybe this drop shadow isn't the effect I was originally looking for if this is the case. IDK need an example of yours to see. What I was after is like a shadow border around a solid image that I can then, if I choose, lay on top of a solid border.405765_298075380239997_297912110256324_804401_633563914_n.jpg

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Nope, that's exactly what you want ... still curious why you didn't just try it but here's an example shot(s) of the potential matching this application of the effect. (Not creative, just illustrative folks. Dont hate me for simplicity.)

Side by side walk through more or less with full transparency:

th_DropShadowExample.png

Side by side walk through with screen capture showing the areas of transparency:

th_DSwtransparencyshowing.png

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Humm, maybe this drop shadow isn't the effect I was originally looking for if this is the case. IDK need an example of yours to see. What I was after is like a shadow border around a solid image that I can then, if I choose, lay on top of a solid border.

This is exactly what the Drop Shadow effect is made for. But you need to use layers to make it work.

Fill you bottom layer with a background of your choice. In a second layer, place your image. This image now has transparent pixels around it, and the bottom layer is visible through them. Now apply the drop shadow to the top layer.

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Yes that's it but when I click Drop shadow it applies it to my image as the exact same size. No bleed on the sides. Is why I asked if there was a tutorial link in the first place. What am I doing wrong?

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Yes that's it but when I click Drop shadow it applies it to my image as the exact same size. No bleed on the sides.

I'm sorry, but I don't understand what you mean... Can you explain, or maybe point to an image on the web that has what you want?

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I'm sorry, but I don't understand what you mean... Can you explain, or maybe point to an image on the web that has what you want?

>.< The one I DL a couple posts up is an example of what I'm trying to accomplish with your plug-in. I did that one on Picnik which offers the drop shadow too.

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Use the Width slider on the UI to get the amount of Shadow you want. Keep the default settings for X and Y ... possibly increase the Blur ratio ...

Totally off topic ... as a huge fan of The Banshees - love your user name ;)

Edit ** As a habit I've gotten used to, I always duplicate the layer I want to add shadow too, move it down, then apply the shadow

Edited by welshblue

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Well, I dont know if it's the full merger with Google at this point or what but I cannot determine how you do a drop shadow even dragging new image layers in with that other tool to create a comparison. Picnik never really focused on layer work-flow in my limited exposure to it. Even in the groups I could see reference to Drop Shadow, but I'm not finding it ... The way the corners are faded etc reminds me more of Sumo's layers ...

The sliders in the interface control the amount of blur or fade ... The maximum extent of this is about 24 pixels with the widening radius set to zero and the blur set to its maximum at 24. It will be uniform all around the object. You can create a fast mask of sorts but unchecking the keep original image. Creating a duplicate layer of the object and working on the one that will be below the original can allow you to zoom and distort the shadow and even run another couple of passes to extended the blur. Zoom blur and other distortion blending can help create a reversed irregular vignette halo effect.

Unlike Picnik and a few other services, PDN (and other advanced editors) offer you more options, but at the expense (sometimes) of fast simple filters and effects. There's a ton of ways to replicate what Kris has done with Drop Shadow, but the plugin is a great starting point as it allows fast and easy views of what you're aiming for.

**EDIT: Side-note that when working with large canvas sizes (3500x) some effects are not that helpful as the range of the effect is limited. This may also be something to consider when working with many of these plugins. In this case you'd have a very slight border on such a large canvas and it would be more limited for creating an equivalent effect.

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