Spiffing up text and graphics in Paint
Well guys, I know there's alot of people who use Photoshop, but I know (Because i'm on of them) that there's alot who don't. Well, for thos who don't, today is your lucky day <img src=smilies/cwm11.gif>
I'm going to teach you how to do spiff up text now.
Lets say you want a nice metallic string of text. For this example, we'll use Microsoft Sans Serif, size 10. Type a string (Lets use the word "Text" for now. Use a Maroon background (The deep red), and type it in white. Now get the pixel brush, and outline it ALL in black (Inside, outside, etc).
After that, make the secondary color Maroon and the primary color Dark Grey. From the top of the string of text (Inside the black outline), measure 2 pixels down, and color all the text with dark grey, 2 pixels of Dark grey on top of every letter. Then switch to the Lighter grey, and do the same from under the dark grey. Remember to leave the middle of the text white.
To finish off, do the same as above, but measuring from the bottom side of the text, and voila! Your text now looks like it's metallic. How nifty <img src=smilies/upeyes.gif>
Note that this can be applied to any color. Just use a darker color on the top and bottom, then switch to a lighter color, but leave the middle part white.
Lets try to remember that this is just a basic spiff up. A better type of gradient is to double click the dark grey, click "Define Custom Colors", and choose as many shades of grey (Or any color you chose) you want to make it look cool.
Lets move on to making objects 3D. Lets begind by making the backgroung maroon again. Draw a green rectangle. Choose the line tool, make the primary color white, and make the left side of the box and the top side of the box have a white line surrounding it. Now choose black and do the same for the bottom and right sides, but in the top right corner, overlap the white with the black, and in the bottom left corner overlap the black with the white.
And there you have it. I prefer to do everything zoomed in to see the pixels better, but you can do what you wish.
Next time, I'll show you how to make glowing text simple and easy <img src=smilies/cwm11.gif>.