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||Sending it to the
Ok, so you've just painted
something with PD Particles. Now it's time to send it to your next
program for further processing and use. Perhaps it's meant to be used
in digital scrapbooking, or for a slideshow, or Powerpoint project?
One way to send it elsewhere is by way of the Clipboard. No need to
save it to file, just
use the Image menu and copy the image to Clipboard.
Thereafter you can switch to another application, and grab the image
Particles with Irfanview or XnView
For example, using Irfanview
easy to turn the image into the desktop wallpaper. It's also a great
viewer to build a slideshow, an online gallery or screensavers with all
your artwork from PD Particles.
Irfanview is a great companion to PD Particles. It also comes with
numerous filters and can run many other filters from other popular
We like Irfanview also for cropping and turning the images, and for
printing. You can very easily configure your image for printing at
Another, similarly very powerful image viewer and companion to PD
Particles is XnView (www.xnview.com).
Using PD Particles with Paint Shop Pro
If you use JASC Paint Shop
Pro, (www.jasc.com or www.corel.com), which is a very
popular and powerful imaging tool, you could start by creating a new
image with the desired dimensions., such as 800x600 pixels in this case.
You can of course make it different sizes, perhaps bigger, in order to
allow for some margins. That margin could be used to add a wooden frame
to your beautiful image later on.
||To insert your picture
which is still in the Clipboard, use the Paste command
from the Edit.
Here we paste the image as a new Layer.
||Voila, a new type of
artwork in your most popular image editor.
And to think that we didn't even have to save the image to a file so
This example was done with PSP 7, but of course will work similarly
with just about any newer or older versions too.
||Savin to Files
Another scenario may call
for your artistic creations to be saved to an image file. This is
especially the case when you have Alpha channel data to save too, or
when you're working with 3D programs that accept an image from a file
to be used as billboards or as patterns and textures. They usually
accept such images from a file only.
Back in PD Particles, select the File>Save... menu option.
||There are several popular
image formats available for saving to. The Default Targa format is
recommended if you want additional options, i.e. image depth.
It is also a good idea to save to several formats when you do this the
very first time, just in case it turns out that there's some unexpected
unknown incompatibility between PD Particles and your other program
with one of these formats. It would be a real shae if you had saved
your work only in one format, only to find out it can't be used or is
In computer graphics, a popular saying goes like this: "Save often".
when you do this the first time, it's also recommended to save in
several formats to find the one that works best for you and your
||The Default Targa format
is also the recommended one if you have alpha channel data that you
want to save too,
in which case you should save it as 32-bit depth (RGB plus Alpha, also
known as 24-bit plus alpha).
In our example here
we'll however save it to 24-bit depth.
Thumbnails of Targa images?
XP can view the thumbnails of several image formats, such as Jpeg,
Bitmaps (BMP), Gif and Tiff. However, it doesn't view thumbnails of
image files which are in Targa format. How can we fix this?
There is a free
plugin available, an extension for Windows Explorer, which adds
the ability to view the thumbnails of .tga files as well:
Thumb Plug TGA, by Greggman
You may be an avid user of popular 3D programs such as Blender, Bryce
or Terragen, to name a few. Surely you'll know how to load your new
images into the background, or turn it into a texture for such
Here's the image loaded into N-sided's Quidam (www.n-sided.com), a professional 3D
Human solution. The image was simply loaded as the background image
from the Preferences menu. The 3D
human figure (derived from the Manga Girl preset) was then posed in
front of the image. More info on
Another popular task is to paint new fabrics and patterns for clothing.
In Carrara, a 3D program
by Eovia (www.eovia.com or www.daz3d.com) you can also load the
image as the backdrop, and then place and render 3D objects on top,
like this big monster scarab.
If you haven't used or heard of Carrara yet but are interested in
learning an affordable and powerful 3D program, you might do good with
Carrara. Some of the earlier versions are still available at very
strong discounts if you're not sure yet whether this is the right one
for you or unable to get the latest and greatest version at this point.
Carrara is loaded with awesome features for just about anything you
might want to do in the fascinating world of 3D, and it makes it also
fun to discover. Check here for
Artweaver - with a plugin
If you need a freeware
image editor to go along with PD Particles that allows for additional
painting, then Artweaver (www.artweaver.de)
might just do the job.
In fact, Artweaver's developer has created a plugin, called Dogweaver.
It creates an import/export connection in Artweaver's Fiel menu that
allows for the image to be direcgtly sent from PD Particles to
Artweaver, or the other way. It also works with PD Pro or Project
In this example we used Artweaver to add a bright bloom and lens flare
see another tutorial which uses
the Dogweaver plugin
affordable and popular imaging solution is of course Adobe's Photoshop
Here's an example of what to do next with your image created in PD
Particles, such as applying filters for further artistic effects, like
stained glass or some cartoony color reduction that may be suitable as
a scenic background in an Anime story.
In fact, if you're just starting with digital imaging and are still
looking for the right companion to PD Particles, you might find this offer for Photoshop Elements
There are so many ways to
make good use of your images created in PD Particles.
Here is yet another, created with PD Pro, also known as Project
Dogwaffle Professional. The image was
mirrored, and some wave displacement effect was added in the center. A
bright Nova effect was added, and text too. Oh, and a few samples
Perhaps this might some day become part of a game, or website artwork,
a book illustration or music CD cover, who knows. Digital painting has
many uses and many tools can be found to assist.
What's your application, and how will you use it with PD Particles?
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