Thursday, May 27, 2010

Select all pixels of same / similar colour in paint.NET

This might seem a simple thing, but it's taken me six months (and an accident) to figure out that it can be done.

1. Select the Magic Wand from the Tools Menu (see right)

2. Hold down the SHIFT key while you click on one area of the colour you want to select (let's call it black).

3. Voila!  All areas of black are selected for you to edit.

If you only want to select some of the black areas, then hold down the CTRL key, instead, and click on the areas you want to include in your selection.

And ifyou accidentally click on an area you don't want included, just click on it again to unselect it.

Monday, May 10, 2010

How to create Felt Shapes in PSE

1. Choose flat shape & colour with foreground colour (background colour should be slightly lighter tone)

2. Filters ---> Artistic ---> Filmgrain
Grain: 20.

3. Filters ---> Render --->Fibers
Variance: 6.0
Strength: 1.0
Randomise until happy with results

4. Filters ---> Texture ---> Texturiser
Texture: sandstone
Scaling: 52%
Relief: 2
Light: top left

5. Layer Style Settings
Lighting Angle: 135
Drop Shadow: size 8, distance 8, opacity 75
Bevel: size 9, direction up

See also the following tutorial:
{tutorial here}

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