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I need help on the PLUGGER!

Posted: Mon, 7th Mar 2005, 2:49am

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jrg2134

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When I make my plugins I have a black background (I hope I'm doing it right) but when I finish a plugin on the Plugger the Black Background is still there! When making it it say to choose an Ink effect or something and that's where I think I'm messing up! Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Well, anyway, the Ink choices are:

Overlay Ink
Add Pin
Black Tansparent
Inverse
Not Inverse
Darkest
Lightest
Add
Subtract
Subtract Pin

Can anybody help there? I'm kinda new to this Plugin Making thing. tick
Posted: Mon, 7th Mar 2005, 3:42am

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BackOfTheHearse

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I've never used the Plugger, but it does sound like to get rid of black that "Black Transparent" would do the trick... just guessing.
Posted: Mon, 7th Mar 2005, 3:49am

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jrg2134

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That's the ink I was using before. But it is kinda weird. And I believe it's better on black surfaces only. Is there like a video tutorial of one that explains better how to use the Plugger? evil

Well, I admit that I don't know the "INKS" that well. redface
Posted: Mon, 7th Mar 2005, 4:28am

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Marek

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The 'Add' option should take out all the very dark colors I believe.

Try reading the Tutorials marked as stickies in the AlamDV2 Plugin Request forum. They should give you all the info you need. biggrin
Posted: Mon, 7th Mar 2005, 11:22pm

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sk8npirate

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Or use overlay ink that should take care of it too.
Posted: Tue, 8th Mar 2005, 12:01am

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Serpent

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Create an Alpha Channel and choose: Overlay Ink. Look at the Alpha Channel stickies at the top of this page: http://fxhome.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=21

Pretty easy to do. Get a Photoshop demo, Gimp, PSP demo, etc.
Posted: Tue, 8th Mar 2005, 4:21am

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Axeman

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The AlamDV manual has a fairly thorough section on the Plugger, which goes thorugh the different ink types and what to use them for. depending on the type of effect you are creating with the plug-in, you should either use Overlay Ink or Add Pin. And either way, make sure you have a proper alpha channel. Then, If your plug-in is a solid object of some sort, use Overlay Ink. If it is a light effect (such as a lighbulb, a lightsword, or a magical energy swirlybob or some such), use Add Pin.

You might want to check the sticky posts at the top of the plug-ins forum, as well. Some more basic plug-in stuff can be found there.
Posted: Sat, 23rd Apr 2005, 9:41pm

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jrg2134

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When doing light effects do i need to do alpha channeling? or just a black background? (don't think it's possible to light effects on alpha channels) when i add pin will that take the black out of the effect?

P.S. how do you make explosions?