How To Add PDN Layers HERE. I do it the first way every time. PDN/PSP Plugins that I use a lot are located HERE.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Plug-ins I Frequently Use

I like to use a LOT of plug-ins that, from time to time, I either discover, or I am directed to, because they are compatible with Paint.Net. Most people do not know that there is a lovely plug-in created just for Paint.Net that allows you to actually add *8bF plug-ins to the program to enable you to use these extensions (which are what most pug-ins use). Click HERE to be directed to the Paint.Net forum that holds the needed plug-in.

Once you have downloaded it, unzip and add it to the effects folder of your Paint.Net program files. Then, visit the sites below and have fun!

Flaming Pear 
Vanderlee Snowflakes
(other options available)
Mezzo Force Ice
(can cause program to crash)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

HOW TO: Use the Eraser

Using the eraser can be a really great tool when you need it. You can rid yourself of any excess material you don't want or blend one element in with another. I'm sure you don't need a tutorial on how to use the eraser so I'm just going to show you how to use it to blend.

First, this is my design that I have created just for this purpose. I have not DS any layers at this time.
The bridge is quite close but I want to make it look as if there is sand over it without adding another layer of sand. No problem!

Grab the eraser. I am using one on 95 and lower the brush hardness down to 13%.
I used circular strokes on the pier layer and this is what it looks like now.
Just like if you had been on the beach, with many beach-goers kicking up sand on the wood! You can do this for almost anything sitting on the sand as well.

HOW TO: Flatten an Image

Have you ever tried to save an image in PDN and have to go through all of this below:

From there, you know the show, right? *wink* 

Well, stop going through all that!  Simply do the following below:
Simple! Now, when you go to save, it doesn't do all the junk above. It just simply does the below:
Thank goodness I found this. Now I can stop doing it the other way! LOL

HOW TO: Double Drop Shadow a Frame

I have a tendency to make my frame look full on the inside, but with a good, tight drop shadow on the outside. I've have been asked about this and I will show you how I do that now.

I have created the cluster frame below to use in a signature tag. All of my elements are DS but not my frame. As you can tell, the frame paper and the frame look on the same level.
In the layers box, find the frame and then duplicate the layer.
One the bottom frame, do a wide, light DS. I used 12-3-0-12-80. See how it pulled the frame away from the paper now. It looks as if you can place your fingers right down into it.
With a good sized eraser, swipe around the outside of the frame until you leave just the center as it is. Do not merge these layers.
Now, go to the upper frame and add a tight, dark DS. This time, I used 6-3-0-6-80.
As you can tell, now my outside looks good and dark but my inside looks much too dark for what I was trying to accomplish. So, take an eraser and swipe out the inside of the second frame.
Now my frame is light on the inside and dark on the outside, just how I like it! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

HOW TO: Use More Than One Kit in a Blog Train

I just recently posted a tutorial where I used two separate kits of a blog train to create a design and was asked "Is there and easier way instead of going back and forth between two kits?" Of course.

I download my two kits and save them in a separate folder (called "Supplies") in my design folder.

I save the original files but then copy and paste both files into one folder title "Combine". As I go through my tutorial, I can easily name what I am using because the file names are NOT changed at all!

Once I have completed my tutorial, I simply delete the combine folder and keep the original ones safely with the tutorial!

HOW TO: Create an Avatar & Banner in PDN

I was recently asked how to create an Avatar for CafeMom profiles and so I will show you how to do this in any size in PDN.

Please remember, average sized avatars in CafeMom are normally 150x150 in size.

♥ Let's Begin! ♥

Create a new canvas 250x250.

I'm using "Cornilia" by Elias Chatzoudis. I've mirrored (flipped horizontal) my tube and then resized by 75%. I've moved it into the desired position and erased what I wished not to show.

Using my colour picker, I then chose a colour from my model's lips to add as a background.

Add a layer above your white background and flood fill with your colour. Add any effect you want. I used ICNET's Filters Unlimited > Special Effects > Venetian Blinds Horizontal > Density: 171 > Shading: 8.

Now, add a layer above all of your layers and choose another colour from your chosen tube. I chose the colour from her dress (which is not visible).

Effects > Render > Border > Thickness: 5 > Line > OK.
Outline your border and drop shadow to your liking. I choose a colour from her hair for my outline and my drop shadow was -3 / 3 / 0 / 6 / 90.

Duplicate your border and Layers > Flip Horizontal > Layers > Flip vertical and merge both border layers together.

Add a layer above your blinds layer and add your initial. My font is "Oh Photo Shooot" (HERE) and I am using the same colour as my border. Simply add your initial, outline and drop shadow to your liking.

When adding your copyright, simply use the designer and your license number--no web site is needed on something so small.

For your banner, you follow the same principles as you would an avatar, but use the sizing of 600x250.

Still using the same tube, I simply resized it for my banner on the left and upsized it larger for the right.

I don't normally recommend this because the image goes blurry but I'm going to show a little trick
today. double click on this layer in the layers box to bring up the box below.
Lower your layer properties from 225 to 155. This makes your tube look faded and part of the background.

Again, create your border, add your outline and then your drop shadow. Duplicate your border, mirror and flip then merge together.

On a banner, please use your FULL copyright--Artist, website, year and your name. It is large enough to so do.

Add your copyright and enjoy!

HOW TO: Rotate Images Or Text

Rotating images or text can be very easy. Only ONE pointer: if, when rotating your image or text, it becomes blurry (as it sometimes does), sharpening your image will help clear it up.

♥ Let's begin! ♥

Open your program. Normally, it pops up with a blank, white canvas. This is fine for my tutorial.
Add the element of choice and rid yourself of the addition frames. Edit > Deselect.
While making sure my turtle layer is highlighted in my layers box, I'll go to the upper toolbar, locate layers and do the following:
When the box pops up, you'll see lots of bells and whistles. Each one has a function and I will go over a few here.

"Pan" BUTTON: What the Pan button does is move your image on your canvas to whatever location the cursor is moved. The sliders with the Pan option will move the element up or down on the canvas.

"Roll/Rotate" BAR: Roll/Rotate moves your image in a circular motion around the canvas. When I used the second slider, it moves it it different  "in and out" type movements. However, the third slider turns the image around
"TILING" Option: Does exactly what is says it does; it tiles like Mura Meister's Copies plugin. I had to move the "zoom" option out a bit so that you could see how it tiles your image.
"Zoom" OPTION: this is a great option if you need more than one, need the image larger, or need the image smaller. I used it above to highlight the tiling option for better viewing without having to create a larger canvas.
These options can be used for images or text when designing.

HOW TO: Add Glitter -- Non Animation

This is the tag that I have created to add text.
After I rename and drop shadow all of my layers, I am ready to add text. In your layers box, add a new layer.
Go to your toolbar and select "text".
In your upper toolbar, you'll see the following drop down boxes. Find your font and the size that you wish to use. These are mine:
I want to choose a colour from within my design so I'll go to my toolbar, select colour picker and go to my TUBE layer to pull out a colour. Click only ONCE on the colour you wish to use and it will show up in your colour wheel.
NOTE: If you wish to use a certain colour from a project for your CafeMom profile or boxes, you can always expand out your colour wheel, seek out "Hex", copy the code there and place it in any of the boxes in your profile design.
Type your text on your blank layer and move into position. This is what mine looks like now:
Don't worry if you pick a text that has spaces in it. It will be cleared up soon.

Now that you have your text placed, duplicate the layer in your layers box. Hide by un-checking the first layer and highlight the second layer for usage.
Outline the second layer by doing the following:
This box will pop up. Adjust your settings to your liking.
Now this is what my text looks like:
Now, drop shadow the same layer by doing the following:
This box will pop up. Adjust your settings to your liking.
This is what my text looks like now: 
In your layers box, check your top layer to make it visible and highlight it. This is the layer we'll put glitter on.
Do the following: 
This box will pop up. Adjust the settings to your liking by using the (1) sliders to adjust it higher or lower OR (2) type in the box what numbers you want. These are mine:
This is what my text looks like now:
Merge the two text layers down and you have added non-animated glitter text to your creation. This is my finished work: