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 Post subject: Re: Create realistic balloons from your text!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:14 pm  (#11) 
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Long anticipated tutorial, hah!
Thank you Chris! I'll definitely try it.


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@Chris. I am stuck already and have done this over and over in this step. I alpha to selection my text, grow 20. The selection goes all around each letter. When I grow 20 pixels, the letters are not separated any more then when I do the fill, it is one big blob with no separation. I put 7 spaces between each letter, is that not enough?



Molly, i have not seen the tut yet, but if i understand correctly growing the selection by 20 px requires at least 2x20=40 pixels between the letters?

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 Post subject: Re: Create realistic balloons from your text!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:20 pm  (#12) 
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ok, thanks, I did put it up to 40 and it worked. so now I am down to add layer mask and saved it there cuz I am stuck again. :oops:

I went selection from paths and added a white layer mask, when I fill it with black those inside selections turn black. How do I make it blue like the tute?

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 Post subject: Re: Create realistic balloons from your text!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:43 pm  (#13) 
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It looks like the selection from the path is inverted?
The layermask should be less than the path.
(screenshot is not from this tutorial! Just a quick remake)


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 Post subject: Re: Create realistic balloons from your text!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:13 pm  (#14) 
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this would actually have been an easy tutorial if i hadn't wanted to tweak it a little and accidentally messed things up :). well written, chris f, thank you!
the first thing i did differently was the font, because i wanted to see what a less "ballooney" font would look like. then i wanted bright pink (for a change :hehe ) instead of red, so i changed the colour. then, when i was very near the end of the tut, i thought the balloons looked too transparent and i wanted to add a little more colour and that's when i messed up some layers beyond rescue and had to start over again. then i was just going to add the strings when i realized i didn't like the highlights at all - they looked too sharp after i added the new coloured layers. and i wanted one highlight layer for each letter to make it look natural, so i had to start over again from the step where i cut the text apart. and then i didn't like my knots, so i remade them twice. then i added strings but didn't like the stiff look - i wanted my balloons to be free, so i made loose strings instead...
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(oh, and "luft" means "air", in case anyone wondered.)

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 Post subject: Re: Create realistic balloons from your text!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:04 pm  (#15) 
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Very nice AnMal.
Would someone look at my xcf and see if you know why I can't get any farther than adding the layer mask. The next step is baloons layer, shrink 15, add layer mask, switch to it whatever that means, (I think it means select that mask and then fill with black. When I do that, the whole inside of the text turns black. In the tute it is blue. I wiped it all out and started again a couple times and that is the part I can't get beyond.

I would sure appreciate if someone could get me by this step.


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 Post subject: Re: Create realistic balloons from your text!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:42 pm  (#16) 
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Nice job, AnMal! Very realistic deflated balloons effects!!! All those wrinkles and a bullet hole like they were shot at!

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I think you did it on purpose and now trying to convince us here that it was by the accident. :mrgreen:
I need to know EXACTLY what you did to achieve that effect. I may need that in future.

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 Post subject: Re: Create realistic balloons from your text!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:56 pm  (#17) 
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I am new to this board, so I hope I am not double-posting. I tried earler, but nothing happened.

Molly,

At that point I think you have to select the mask (either ctrl - click the thumbnail or right click and click on "show layer mask").

I hope I did this right, and I hope it is helpful to you.


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 Post subject: Re: Create realistic balloons from your text!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:04 pm  (#18) 
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I did select the mask. it puts the black text in there but also makes my balloon layer black.

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 Post subject: Re: Create realistic balloons from your text!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:37 pm  (#19) 
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Molly,

I downloaded your xcf file earlier, so I filled the layer mask (selection) with black on it. You are right on track... the black is from the layers below. Just turn off the visibility on them, and you will have the same image as the tutorial.

The reason I replied is that I had just finished this tutorial, but others will probably be more knowledgable than I am.


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 Post subject: Re: Create realistic balloons from your text!
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:41 pm  (#20) 
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So you are saying when I turn off the eye on that layer mask layer, I will have the blue there like the tute. I have spent hrs on this and didnt try that. I will try it now

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