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Still playing with colours and abstracts...

The main abstract pattern is purely a result of messing about with effects in Paint.NET. Rather than leave it plain I decided to add some depth to it by layering; with shadows.

Each layer is a section from the entire piece, so if you were to remove the outlining shadows from each layer you'd be left with the whole (original) piece.

A 100% Paint.NET creation.

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SARETTA1's avatar
Wow!!!Splendid rainbow colors and amazing composition!!:heart::)
mustangmaverick's avatar
If I may, I would like to chime in on this discussion...

I too like using effects I would otherwise stray away from when messing around with PDN. Effects such as pixelate, barcode, dents... Quite a bit of potrait too. It does wonders on colors, and their tones.

As mentioned above, when working I try to stay away from goals. I may have guidelines, or ideas. But as far as something I would like to make- Or how I want this picture to look when I am finished... I try to stay away from ideas as such. Thus letting my work flow more fluid like, while maintaing the simplist of sturctures.

Nice work!
(New wallpaper!)
cjmcguinness's avatar
I used to used Dents an awful lot when I started using PdN (I think everyone does!), and haven't used it in ages (just used it again recently on a new piece). I've never downloaded the Barcode plugin, but do use Portrait an awful lot; I think it gives great atmosphere, not just for photographs, but for all kinds of art.

I love it when a new plugin is posted, as I use it as inspiration for creating something new.

Thanks for commenting.
omagrandmother's avatar
love this and I love to just kick back and play. every night I just do one or two play items. random pick and effect and go for it.

and right you are some of my best work did come from things I was playing around with.

just total abandoned creativity.
cjmcguinness's avatar
Thanks Oma, I had a feeling you might like this one; with the bright colours, and all. To be honest, I'm not really that fond of it and wasn't going to bother submitting it, but I thought I'd put it up here and see what others thought.
omagrandmother's avatar
actually the colors wasn't what caught my eye, its was the shapes and the layers. I'm always interested in how different shapes are made in paint.Net.

I was just at the art gallery earlier this week and there was a piece much like this in the usuage of multiple layers and shadows. and I found that to be just as intriguing.
Madhatterl7's avatar
Messing around with the effects in PDN sometimes you find and or make the best stuff. I think i have done some of my best work when I sit back and start palying without any end in mind. Good work I love messing around with effects
cjmcguinness's avatar
Thanks. I like to try and create something using effects that I wouldn't normally touch. This one uses Add Noise - Pixellate - Median Blur and Sine Waves. You're right that you can discover weird and wonderful things when you don't really have an end product in mind.
Madhatterl7's avatar
How true that is I dont think I have ever used pixellate I think the list is small but there is a few effects I dont think I have touched yet like lattice and things of those effect. I am sure there is a good use for them just have not found any
cjmcguinness's avatar
Hint - try filling a layer with Lattice (black & white), then Zoom Blur Deluxe at max setting and play with the position.
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