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    Default Re: November's Guest Tutorial Video: Making Watery Text

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    Default Re: November's Guest Tutorial Video: Making Watery Text

    Quote Originally Posted by Rik View Post
    But... I've never used the 'Apply Soft Group' option.
    How brilliant is that?!
    What a great option.
    +1 that is really great option, also when the text is skewed after in trying to give some perspective, so for example on some stone plates, it still stays editable

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    That geg is nice yet with the voice of the type machine when a text is entered in the video

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    Default Re: November's Guest Tutorial Video: Making Watery Text

    That is really very well put together, csehz.

    I like the perspective you've used.
    And it looks darn 'wet' to me.

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    Default Re: November's Guest Tutorial Video: Making Watery Text

    Thanks Wizard)) I do know where it is on my UI. I mean while watching Angelizes's tutorial I saw her opening layers on the right panel. I must work all on the base plate paper thinking they all create into the layers palette>? by themselves... I understand layers, but I tend to be get right into a design and forget about it halfway through. I just thought is it possible I'm not doing the tutorial right. Are you making new layers as you work?

    Here is my wax and pottery slip tho...

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    On Rik's Wood version I can see clearly the wood right through...back to the tutorial and try again.

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    Default Re: November's Guest Tutorial Video: Making Watery Text

    Quote Originally Posted by Veeness View Post
    On Rik's Wood version I can see clearly the wood right through...back to the tutorial and try again.
    Hi Veeness.
    That's because...
    Towards the beginning of Frances' tutorial, an Enhance transpareny is applied to the text, and then the Photo tool is used to adjust the Brightness is down, so that the text can be seen.
    Well, I didn't do that part on my last post.
    I felt that it looked better without that part - on the background I was using.

    But, it will depend upon the look you're going for, and which background you're using.

    Take a look at csehz's images in Post# 32.
    He's gone for a look that absolutely suits the background and the angle and the light.
    To me, it looks as though csehz has taken a lot of care on how much light and shadow is shown.

    So, play around with the parts that get you the right result.

    As for layers?
    I don't pretend to have any skill with them.
    I just open up the page properties and look for the item by just scrolling up and down!
    But, if you do use layers, then it does make things a lot easier.
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    Default Re: November's Guest Tutorial Video: Making Watery Text

    Quote Originally Posted by Rik View Post
    To me, it looks as though csehz has taken a lot of care on how much light and shadow is shown.
    Thanks for the opinion, well sure drawing anything in perspective requires surprisingly lot of calculations (or easy for those who are talented ), from my side have to admit that still often just a luck when it comes out well

    But fortunately Gare's actual tutorial seems targeting a similiar topic, how to plan a perspective background around the object, so sure would like to jump into that too

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    Default Re: November's Guest Tutorial Video: Making Watery Text

    Hi everyone! I've been quite busy these last few days serving behind the counter at my retail job ( I'm sooooo glad Black Friday is over!) Anyway yes in the video I do use the galleries from the right. I keep my galleries pinned open so they are always ready and easy to access. I used the bitmap gallery and the page and layer gallery. In the page and layer gallery I have the layer expanded so while everything is on a single layer I can select individual objects from the gallery.

    Veeness: If you post a .xar file I'll take a look and see if I can see what went wrong but I'm guessing it may be either in the photo settings or the transparency settings.

    Here is a quick video that shows how I pin the galleries all together as a single easy to navigate window. I learned this technique a few years ago on the forums and I'm not exactly certain any more who originally provided this tip.


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    Default Re: November's Guest Tutorial Video: Making Watery Text

    Thanks for the cool tip, Angelize. Very useful.

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    Default Re: November's Guest Tutorial Video: Making Watery Text

    Excellent video/tip, Frances.

    Before I do stuff like that, though.
    I would need to know if there's a way of putting things back, the way they were?

    Featured Artist on Xara Xone . May 2011
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    Default Re: November's Guest Tutorial Video: Making Watery Text

    Created water text using the technique Gary posted so then I tried it using a leaf shape to see how it would turn out? Didn't add any highlights to it but it turned out not to bad. You could play around with the settings on the three leaf shapes until you get what you want if you like, even the colors for the three leafs and background.

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