Scrap Girls Tools Can I use Tools in DIP?
Posted 28 February 2007 - 03:49 PM
Posted 28 February 2007 - 03:59 PM
This is one of those moments where "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." The more users and designers there are using a particular kind of software, the more likely you will find things that go with that software.
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Posted 08 March 2007 - 09:43 PM
I'm a DIP diehard too. I believe I stick with it mainly because of familiarity, but so far, I've been able to do everything I need. To make your gold letters, try this:
1. Insert your text. Only one line at a time can be done.
2. Apply a "bas metal" filter. Use the advanced options to change the lighting to top, the foreground color to very light orange, and the background color very dark orange.
3. Apply a "paint daubs" filter.
4. Make a duplicate of your type.
5. On this duplicate, which is now a top layer of your type, change the color to a golden yellow.
6. Change the edges to soft, about 10 to 20 should do.
7. Offset this top layer just a tad to the upper left, but not all the way to the edge of the bottom layer.
8. Lock the two layers together.
9. Apply a dark orange bottom right drop shadow with 0 transparency and 0 edge softness. This shadow should be very close to the type.
10. Apply a golden yellow drop shadow to the upper left. This shadow should be at 0 transparency, but about 50% edge softness to give the shiny glow of metal.
You can experiment with the different filters to get a more antique gold look. For example, try putting a traditional watercolor filter prior to the paint daubs filters.
Hope that helps.