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.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

HOW TO: your PDN Toolbar Explained

First, open your program so you can follow along.

This is your Paint.Net toolbar. I'll show you the left side of it first.
Let's go to the first listing -- "File":
SAVE can be used in this way. As you know, it is to save the project you're working on. To make this simpler for you, you can also use the little button below, which is located under "Edit" as well.
CLOSE is used if you want to close down the tag you have finished creating.

EXIT is used if you want to close down your whole program.

OPEN RECENT is the button you'd use if you want to know what the last project you were working and to have the program re-open it. (This will only work if you haven't closed down your program and restarted.)

ACQUIRE is used for when or if you wish to load something in your program.

The next listing is this -- "Edit":
I tend to use the below buttons for the "Undo" and "Redo". Much easier than pulling up this whole box.
The next listing is this -- "View":
You truly do not need to open this box. Instead, to zoom in and zoom out, you can use this option:
The next listing is this -- "Image":
When designing, you will want to crop or re-size so it fits your design or social networking widgets.

Flip Horizontal or Vertical does exactly what it says, but it flips vertical or horizontal the WHOLE image and not an individual layer.

The rotating buttons flip a layer or a completed tag in one way or another.

The next listing is this -- "Layers":
This is where you'll add layers to your project to make a completed tag.

"Duplicate Layer" is easier if you use the layers box, so this option is extra.

I use "Flip Horizontal" and "Flip Vertical" in my layers a lot in creating my tags, depending on where I would like my element to be (right or left side).

"Rotate/Zoom" is great if you want to turn one layer in a certain direction.

"Layer Properties" is also shown in your Layers Box so this one is extra.

The next listing is -- "Adjustments":
There are a LOT of options in this listing so play around with them and see what you come up with!

The next listing is -- "Effects":
The more plugins you download and place in your "Effects" folder in your program, they'll show up here.

The next listing is -- "Utilities":
I don't use "Plugin Errors". I'm told that it sends to Paint.Net any errors you may have with any of their plugins.

"Manage Fonts" will take you to your computer's font folder so you can easily delete fonts you don't want.

"Language" is understandable. If you speak French, you can change this program to French for you to easily understand.

"Check for Updates" will alllow you to look for updates to PDN without any trouble.

The next listing is -- "Window":
In this option, you don't really need any of it. However, if you have somehow lost your colour palate, tools, layers or history boxes, simply click the "Reset Window Locations" and it will bring them all back up! Or, if you only want ONE window back, click the one you want and it will bring it up.

The next listing is -- "Help":
I've used this in several tuts about downloads and it comes in super handy when searching for your plugin.

Now, to the right side:
The uppermost right side will ALWAYS show you what you have opened while completing your project. Sometimes, this can get plentiful. In my example above, you see three images but I want to delete them all so it doesn't get crowded.

Simply place your cursor on the first image shown. A red X box will show up on the image:
Click the red X box and it will close.

You will have to do this for every image you have open, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE TAG YOU ARE WORKING ON! If you mistakenly do this, don't fret. The program will ask you if you wish to "Discard", "Save", or "Cancel (and return to the program)". Just click "Cancel" and you can resume your work.

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