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2D All the way! / Paint.NET nebula tutorial

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DyVo
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Posted: 17th Jan 2010 14:43 Edited at: 17th Jan 2010 14:45
hey guys, I've been looking for a good nebula tutorial for Paint>NET for a while now so i decided to make one myself.

Paint.net Nebula tutorial

Plugins needed:
Clouds
Stars (optional)
Zoom Blur (deluxe)
Glow

(You can just download the plugins pack from this site: http://paint.net.amihotornot.com.au/Download/PluginsPack/)
it has all the plugins needed and much, much more

Create a new document, I used 1024 x 1024, but it should work with any size.

Get you paint bucket and make your background black (after all it's space were talking about)

Now set foreground color to white and background to black.
Go to Effects --> Render --> Stars (the one without the thumbnail) amd set it to whatever you want.

Then use the lasso selection tool to select a random area.




Then go to Effects --> Render --> Clouds (Render the clouds on a new layer ! )
Settings to:



(Or anything you like)

Then go to Adjustments --> Color Balance And adjust it to any color you like
(I opted for shadows, cause it creates a really nice and dark orange)



Now get your eraser out and start erasing the sharp edges, (transparency to about 10 for brush size i use 20, but this really depends on the size of your image)
For the smaller details you could use a transparency setting of 4, this way you can erase some nebula to let the stars come through.



Then set opacity of your nebula to a value of 150 (Layers --> Layer Properties) or F4 or double clicking on the appropriate layer

Now duplicate your nebula layer (Ctrl + Shift + D)
Go to Layers --> Layer Properties and set layer style to Color Dodge.

For your newly duplicated layer go to Effects --> Blurs --> Zoom Blur (deluxe if you want to)
Set the options to the options on the screenshot...



Nebula after the layer adjustments etc.



Now go to Effects --> Photo --> Glow (It's not necessary to do this, but it looks nice sometimes...)



Final result:



Of course you can always create new layers and make more nebulae to create depth in your image.

--DyVo--

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Pincho Paxton
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Posted: 17th Jan 2010 14:58
So is this a new version of Paint then? At least it works a lot better than the old one.

DyVo
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Posted: 17th Jan 2010 15:02
Well all I know is that it's a version of Paint which runs on .net framework (hence the name...) and that it was originally created by two students, who now actually work for microsoft, but yeah it works so muxh better, especially with all the plugins installed

--DyVo--

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BlueKlayman
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Posted: 18th Jan 2010 05:39 Edited at: 18th Jan 2010 05:44
I made on of these a while ago, it uses a few plugins.

It is in the view thing.

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DyVo
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Posted: 20th Jan 2010 08:07
Looks pretty good bit you might want to put the contrast up a little bit

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