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Posted 18 July 2005 - 01:24 PM

I was able to create a particular shape using the [Tutorial] Bump Map- Practical Exercise. Now I would like to save the shape without the additional material around it how would I do that so that the shape doesn't look like it has excess edges.
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 01:35 PM

Look at my final post in this thread: Creating Gold Text and see if that's what you're after. http://www.gimptalk....hp?a=v&t=81&f=2 I've used a mask to cut out the final text. You can also use channels, but I don't have time to discuss that right now.

Does that help?

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 07:21 PM

Say when I do the bump map then go to paste the background which is black to the mask the msk turns black instead of displaying the image. Am I doing something wrong or does the technique only work with text.
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 07:25 PM

It's hard for me to visualize exactly what difficulty you're having, but whatever you want to be exposed within a mask must be set to white. Black will hide everything. Grays, will expose or hide objects depending on the gray's proximity to black or white. This should work with anything, not just text.

Care to post a screenshot of what you're trying to do?

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 07:27 PM

Ok if it is supposed to be white then I was doing it wrong give me a sec let me try again.
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 08:00 PM

How do you get a screenshot of something that is 313kb down to 5kb
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 08:01 PM

Just upload it to imageshack and provide the link.

Maybe scale the image down to the necessary items.

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 08:07 PM

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 08:13 PM

Can't confirm if this will work or not, but if you have your original shape, try getting a selection of the outline of the original. Then add a layer mask to your bump mapped layer and filling the selection with white. Have you tried this already?

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 08:17 PM

no hadn't done that i will try
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 08:23 PM

Doing it that way results in rectangle without rounded corners thanks anyway I'll just have to come up with a different way to make the shape
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 08:25 PM

Oh, you used the blurring method to create the shape? Like this tutorial? http://gug.sunsite.d...ounded-corners/

If so, after you get the rounded border, duplicate it. Use one for the bump map and one for getting the outline to fill the mask with. Does that help?

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Posted 18 July 2005 - 08:37 PM

No what I did was
1. Created a new image 326x86 filled with black
2. Took the rectangular selection and cut out a 20x20 section out of the corner.
3. Took a gif image and copied a 20x20 corner piece and pasted into the cutout of the background. Made new layer for the corner and merge down. Did this to both corners.
4. Duplicated the background layer.
5. Inserted a transparent layer and filled with gradient.
6. With the gradient layer selected chose filter-map-bump map
7. Then got the result that you see.
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 08:40 PM

I didn't know about this tutorial I will give this a try
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 08:41 PM

By the way how would I do this so that only the corners I want are rounded?
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 08:46 PM

Can't answer that one for you. I haven't experimented with that enough. The other option is to create the shape with the paths tools and adjust the curves by moving the handles. Of course, I'm working on the paths tutorial, so if you don't know how to do that, you'll have to surf the web a bit. Paths would give you the most control.

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Posted 19 July 2005 - 07:04 AM

The way that I have always used to make rounded corner shapes is to...

1. Make a rectangular selection, or use the magic wand to select your square edged shape.
2. Subtract a part of the selection you already have away in a square shape. Ie - cut a square out of the corner of the active selection.
3. At that same corner, use the elliptical selection tool to ADD a circular quadrant to the square you have just cut out. Ie - start the circular part you are adding so only one quarter of the circle pokes out.
4. Now you should have replaced what was essentially a square at the corner with a part of a circular, making it a rounded corner.

You can use the same process to add an elliptical curve as well as a perfect circular curve to the corners.

I know that's probably a bit hard to follow without a visual aid so I will try to post a weblink shortly showing what I mean.
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Posted 19 July 2005 - 12:47 PM

THannnnnnnnnkkkkkkk Yoouuuuuuuuu guys I have been pulling my hair out on this one!!!!!!!!!!

Please just bear with me as I am new to making graphics and for the most part I rely on the help of others to get things done.
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Posted 19 July 2005 - 05:00 PM

Glad you were able to figure it out! However, you realize that you have to post the final product for us to see. With this much time invested, I feel like I "own" at least a small part of the creation :w:
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