ImperialScouts, on Aug 24 2006, 12:43 AM, said:
Another question. How'd you make the canon ball go flying out of my canon? THanks alot again!
I cropped the ball, copied it to a new layer and moved it to the side (and blurred it). Then I edited the background where the cannonball was missing now with the standard brush tool (don't forget to blur the edited section afterwards!).
Finally I created a third layer between the background and the layer with the ball. In this layer I copied the ball again and used the motion blur filter and set the transparence of the layer to 50%. Finally I placed the motion blurred selection under the cannon ball.
Those things are hard to describe (and probably even harder to understand when I am describing ;-) ), I would give you the following advice:
Take your graphic program and keep creating lots of different images. Experiment with all those filters, tools, layers and so on!
I'm pretty sure most of us that are familiar with graphic programs didn't visit any courses or read any tutorial books! Best way to learn to use such programs is experimenting and learning-by-doing!
And another advice: Show your creations to other people (e.g. post them here) and listen to their comments, you can learn from your mistakes and you will get new ideas and solutions this way! *y*