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dlk is not online. Last active: 7/2/2011 1:14:29 PM dlk
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drop shadow
Posted: 30 Jul 2005 07:50 PM
Seems like a lot of photo images these days are displayed with
a drop shadow. Picasa uses a subtle drop shadow, and a number
of TV commercials show photos with some form or another.
Here is a PIP Effect that simulates one by using a pre-made
photoshop image. I don't think it looks too bad .

Here is a sample with various transitions.

dropshadow

I wondered what transition would look best. I tried a PUSH, and a
WIPE and a REVEAL, but perhaps the good ole FADE is best.
I also thought it might really look cool with Rehan's "ZOOM in ZOOM
out" on a white background, but I cannot for the life of me get rid of
the thin black seams around the windows. Maybe I am the only one
who gets those.

Anyway...here is the PIP+ XML code. Just apply this effect to the photo.

<TransitionsAndEffects Version="1.0" SpecialIconFileID="1033" SpecialIconResourceID="101">
<Effects>
<EffectDLL guid="{0BEDE179-3361-4eea-9058-11CBB1739D50}">
<Effect name="PIP Plus Effect - drop shadow" iconid="0">
<Param name="RectA" value=" 0.0, 0.10,0.10,0.80,0.80" />
<Param name="Background" value="C:\Documents and Settings\My Documents\My Pictures\dropshadow.png" />
</Effect>
</EffectDLL>
</Effects>
</TransitionsAndEffects>


You also need this PNG image(copied to the proper folder)

png


Well, hope someone might be able to use this.

dlk
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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 01 Aug 2005 05:43 PM
Ok...I have altered my dropshadow method a little
and created a effect/transition combo that will allow
you to put the drop shadow over the background of
your choice, including a video clip of course. Here is a sample.
This is a before and after sample, with and without the drop
shadow. I think it provides definition...it "lifts and seperates"

sample

I can provide the XML and image if anyone is interested.

dlk
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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 01 Aug 2005 06:42 PM
Yes, I would like to see the revised XML/image.

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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 01 Aug 2005 07:16 PM
ok...
Download this image and save into the appropriate folder
(I use C:\Documents and Settings\My Documents\My Pictures\)

dropshadow2

Save the following PIP+ Effect and Transition

<TransitionsAndEffects Version="1.0" SpecialIconFileID="1033" SpecialIconResourceID="101">
<Transitions>
<TransitionDLL guid="{4EF98DF5-794F-4fd3-8E77-559F82C8D10C}">
<Transition name="PIP+ 80/100" iconid="0">
<Param name="RectA" value=" 0.0, 0.00, 0.00, 1.00, 1.00, 0.0"/>
<Param name="RectB" value=" 0.0, 0.10, 0.10, 0.80, 0.80, 1.0;"/>
<Param name="Background" value="0x000000" />
</Transition>
</TransitionDLL>
</Transitions>
<Effects>
<EffectDLL guid="{0BEDE179-3361-4eea-9058-11CBB1739D50}">
<Effect name="PIP Plus Effect - drop shadow v2" iconid="0">
<Param name="RectA" value=" 0.0, 0.00,0.00,1.00,1.00" />
<Param name="Bordera" value="C:\Documents and Settings\My Documents\My Pictures\dropshadow2.png" />
</Effect>
</EffectDLL>
</Effects>
</TransitionsAndEffects>


Apply the PIP+ effect to the background video/image
and use the transition to overlay the window with your movie or photo.

hope this is all correct.
dlk
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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 28 Aug 2005 11:25 PM
I couldn't get it to work, wouldn't even show under the transitions or under effects.
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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 29 Aug 2005 01:23 PM
It's not working for 2 reasons.

1) It's a PIP Plus Effect, so I think it won't work unless you have downloaded and installed Rehan's PIP Plus package thing.

2) The image that dlk is trying to have people download is on PutFile. You can't download images from putfile so it needs to be shown on a different picture hosting site. Like Photobucket for example. If you right-click save target as.. the png link it will download the PutFile Page and not the image.

What you can do Modify inc, is go the the putfile page, hover over the page, and save the image. You must, however, make sure it is in the name of the image is:

dropshadow

And the location you save the image is:

C:\Documents and Settings\My Documents\My Pictures\dropshadow.png


Hope it works!
--Paigesterr

Now rid of those bright colors

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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 29 Aug 2005 01:25 PM
One more thing. If you are using the second code given by dlk, make sure the image name is

dropshadow2


It won't work without that 2.

Regards,
Paigesterr

Now rid of those bright colors

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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 29 Aug 2005 01:31 PM
That is correct...it needs PIP+, but the demo version should
work even after the trial expires(I think).

Let me know if you still have troubles. I assume it
worked for you Paigesterr?

dlk
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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 29 Aug 2005 01:44 PM
Uh, actually it doesn't. I don't have PIP +. I think I had the trial version, but it expired and the effect doesn't shows.

I don't know if I did have PIP + plus. It might have been on my other computer, I know i downloaded it so it must be on the other. Tell me, the link to Rehan site is http://www.RehanFX.com, right?

Regards,
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Now rid of those bright colors

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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 29 Aug 2005 01:51 PM
yes sir...
http://www.RehanFX.com
or
http://www.RehanFX.org
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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 02 Sep 2005 04:26 AM
...Oddly I've only just noticed this particular "Showcase forum" - This is the one I should probably been posting to all along!

DLK - I like the stuff you've come up with. I think we have simmilar ideas. I'd strongly suggest you upload your images to a free blog or website to share.

If you already use picassa then www.blogger.com is a good choice as it's integrated with picassas "Hello" - publishing jpeg images is a piece of cake this way.

For publishing the PNG images I use www.imageshack.us and then simply link to the hosted image on my blogger account.

I'm also experimenting by embedding video in to my blog by hosting the vids with www.youtube.com.

The great thing about all of them is ease of use. All HTML code is generated automatically and you then just paste it in to your blog. Blogger has tons of preset templates or you can use your own

They're all free with to use with minimal advertising (imageshack sometimes has a pop up if you use Their generated thumbnail code - otherwise it's absent if you use your own thumbnails)


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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 02 Sep 2005 08:07 AM
Hi Al,
I may just take your advice. I have avoided such things in the past,
but perhaps I should take the initiative and get organized. I doubt
the web needs another blog, but I might actually learn something.
Sometimes it takes a little push...thanks.

dave
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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 02 Sep 2005 11:43 AM
Dave - It's got to be done !

creating the blog and posting to it is easy - probably on a par to posting on a forum. The only bit that's a bit more challenging is modifying the template to your exact requirements such as column widths, link fields and that kind of thing. It just involves modifying some html.

I've got a website that I've published to in the traditional way of creating the HTML in a wysiwyg editor (I use the free NVU) and then publishing via FTP. For my purposes however it's overkill and I'd probably get smarter and easier results if I just blog the whole lot - which is what I intend doing !

Anyway I digress. If you do go theGoogle blogger route, and need any assistance, just give me a shout:

draculahitthebongo@gmail.com (remove the fanged one)

Al

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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 02 Sep 2005 12:35 PM
Well...with that shove, I guess I will have to get on it.
Sounds like a project for this weekend, or at least get a start.
And thanks for the offer for help...you may hear from me.

dlk
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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 02 Sep 2005 02:16 PM
Hi Dave,

As you dig into how to distribute your stuff... my offer at the beginning of this year to host such info is still open...

It's much easier on me to just make a link to whever things are.... but if my site can help beyond that, keep me in mind.

... my website isn't here... it's at www.papajohn.org
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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 02 Sep 2005 03:33 PM
Hi PapaJohn,
I appreciate that offer also, along with everything else you provide
for this group(really goes without saying). I did try taking your suggestion,
and posted something on Pegson's site, but it never showed up and I
never pursued it.
I have also come to think of a lot of my stuff as belonging in the "head shop"
of Transitions and Effects. The kinda place that I used to walk into just
because it was interesting, but I never bought anything. Just never had a need
for incense, bandanas, or roach clips. And a lot of my stuff is overly complex,
trying to do things that were never intended. So I think it serves a small group.
But it might be interesting to see what I come up with on blog.

dlk
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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 02 Sep 2005 03:58 PM
I for one will be reading whatever you write, wherever you put it...

... and in this internet world, nothing is written in stone...

... my website isn't here... it's at www.papajohn.org
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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 02 Sep 2005 04:01 PM
IF you do go via Google bloggers route and IF you decide to post using Picasas Hello - here's a couple of tips you may want to take on board:

If you wish to post multiple images in a single post with hello you need to finish your text sentence with "||" ( bottom left key - ignore the speech marks.) for instance you may decide to post a pic and decide to add the text "Picture 1||"
This will queue the picture . Repeat the process several times until the last pic then just leave out the "||"

Don't rush Hello when uploading images - wait till the thumbnail image has faded out (indicating it's uploaded) before posting the next image. Rushing posts can overwhelm the program and you can end up with certain pics not being posted (took me a long time to learn that one!)

Thats it.

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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 17 Sep 2009 04:36 PM
Thank you its work for me

i was looking for the same solution

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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 31 May 2011 01:54 AM
my notepad willnote save as a XML document....
what do it do?
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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 31 May 2011 01:55 AM
my notepad will not save as a XML document....
what do it do?
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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 31 May 2011 02:02 AM
It should, if you type the full name with the extension of .xml (e.g. blahblah.xml)

Two things to try:
1) Enable Windows to show file extensions
2) Before typing the name, select 'All Files (*.*)' rather than Text (*.txt).

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Re: drop shadow
Posted: 15 Jun 2011 06:32 AM
Ok thanks =D I'll try that! <3
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