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AXEMAN's Plug in maker tutorial

Posted: Tue, 3rd Jun 2003, 10:10am

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ziprr_uk

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Ive bben reading Axeman's how to create a plug at

http://www.csb-digital.com/alamdv/community/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5410&highlight=plugger

I also am on a Mac using photoshap 7.0 Id like to know this
in point 2) Open your image in Photoshop. Select your object, using whichever selection tool you prefer.

I am using a pic of the earth horizon static photo it has a black backgound do i select the planet only? and paste it onto a white backgound? This bit confused me.

Also when saving it as a tiff with the alpha channel is mac ot pc tiff better?

BTW where is the online plugger tutorail in ALAMDV2

Cheers
crazy
Posted: Tue, 3rd Jun 2003, 12:05pm

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b4uask30male

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not sure how the mac works
should be the same as pc i guess ?
for pc.
you need to use the magic wand around the object ( planet ) the you might need to invert the magic wand ( drop down menu ) so the planet is covered in moving lines, ( if the moving lines are going around the edge of the frame then that's the time to invert )
then using the drop down menu save selection as
click ok
then where you have the floating boxes on the right, you need to click on the channel selection, you will see R,G,B,Alpha ( click so the eye is in all 4 )
then if you have done it right, the background ( everything except the planet ) will be black ( if not let me know, you'll need to adjust something at this point )
if it is black goto file, save as ( then save as tiff)
Posted: Thu, 5th Jun 2003, 7:50am

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Axeman

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If all you want to see is the planet from your image, then yep, you select the planet. You do not have to paste it, though. Once it is selected, open the channels window, and look along the bottom for a button that has a rectangle with a circle inside. This button will create an alpha channel of your selection. Click it, and you are good to go. If everything worked properly, your planet area will be white, surrounded by black. If it turns out the other way round, you can either back up and invert your selection (Selection > Invert Selection) or you can just select the alpha channel you created and invert it (Image> Adjustments > Invert)
Posted: Mon, 9th Jun 2003, 1:13pm

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ziprr_uk

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Ah well ive made the plug in and i can see it in the viewer screen but it wont place in ALAMDV2!

Im using a mac G4 QS here, anyone else creating plugins on a mac... what am i doing wrong!

Or can anyone make the plugin for me so I can see what im doing wrong?

Thanks

Allister crazy
Posted: Tue, 10th Jun 2003, 10:10am

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Axeman

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I create all my plugins on a Mac. Sounds like the alpha channels are still not right to me. You can e-mail me one of the images if you like, and I'll take a look when I get a chance and see what went wrong. I could just build the plugin for you, but I'd much prefer to help you figure out how to do it yourself. (teach a man to fish...) The more plug-in creators we have, the stronger the community here. PM me for my e-mail if you want it.

Also, are you running OS X or OS 9? I run OS X for everything,
EXCEPT creating plug-ins. You can create plug-ins in OSX using classic that will work fine on your machine, but if you try to submit it to the site, it will be rejected. OS X add some hidden files that PCs apparently don't like. I always organize, build, and compress my plug-ins in OS 9 and it solves the problem. (This is just a side point, I do not believe it to be related to your problem in any way.)