New script – Random Dots

Random dot pattern script for Paintshop ProThere are super simple ways to create regular dots in an even pattern. If you want a speed up tool to create a variety of polkadot tiles, you can use the Dots and Diamonds script. But if you want to create something that has more variety in the dots yet, still be regular, what do you do?

That is why I created this script. It will create a dotted pattern but with a completely different type of result with different options.

You can create a tile that you would use as a seamless pattern, or a full size paper where you will have no repeat at all. In addition, you have various ways to pick the colors. You can have a monochrome pattern with only lightness variations. You can have blended colors between two. You can have specific colors picked from your palette with no blending at all, or you can have totally random colors picked.

The dots can be created on a new image or take an open image and add them on a separate layer.

Use the end result as you wish, adding effects if you want.

Grab this script in the store: Random Dots script.

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Random Dot paper designHow about a little sample of that dot making machine? I created 2 patterns for you. One is made of primary colored dots (plus black an white) in a very regular pattern, where nothing touches the next dot. And one other in primary colors only where the dots are smaller and somewhat overlap.

Each pattern is 1000x1000 pixels (beware that one of them is not seamless ass some dots are over the edge of the image).

They are both png files so you can use them in most graphic programs. Add a background, apply an effect, use them as tiles, etc.

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New in PSPX8

What is new in PSPX8This week, Corel released the latest version of Paintshop Pro, which is version X8.

It has some great new features and those will be particularly welcomed by scrapbookers, card-makers and other graphic artists using PSP for other than photo retouching.

Do you want to read more about those new features? Check out this blog post in the Campus.

New script – Bow #10

Layered Bow script for Paintshop ProNobody will ever say they have enough bows in their digital stash!

This script is one of the most detailed bow script that i have done, as it allows you to choose your own straight ribbons to create this bow. With the option of creating three layers of loops, using one, two or three different ribbons, and the choice of the number of loops to include, this script will let you create an assortment of bows for various occasions.

The script also includes a random option for the number of loops but also for where in the original ribbon, the pieces will be taken from, meaning that if you have a ribbon with a particular design or color variations, the script will always take a different section for every run.

Each loop is left on separate groups, allowing you to move them if needed (or you can remove some if you want, or tweak them any other way).

Grab this fun script in the store: Bow #10

See how this script works:

 

What would you do with such a script? Would you likely use the same ribbon for each layer or use different ribbons for each? Or would you use the same ribbon but colorized differently? How would you use this script and customize the end result to be unique? Share your ideas in the comments below. I'll pick a winner and will announce it in the newsletter, next week. Not a subscriber yet? Not a problem. You can register here and it is free (and you only get one email per week).

Multiple layer bow greyscale in PSD formatThis week, i created a three layer bow using two different greyscale ribbons (from Melissa Bennett). Each loops is on a separate piece (i merged the individual piece for each loop) so you can colorize each row as you wish, or even each loop as you wish.

Each layer has 10 loops.

The zip file includes two PSD files: one with basic shadows added, and one with no shadow at all, so you can add your own if you want something very specific.

Use the same color for each layer, or change for each. Or use the same hue but different brightness settings. Or go crazy and have a different color for EACH loop.

Since the last loop in the bow is kind of standing out, it is a perfect place to add a center piece, buttons, jewels, etc.

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New script – Datestamp #3

Datestamp 3 script for Paintshop ProThere are so many ways to add a date on a project, but even though they might be fairly easy to create manually, it is often taking a little bit more time than we really need, and if we ever want to create a series of them, it multiplies the challenges of making them fast, but also accurate.

This script will create a simple datestamp to add a month and date, or month and day for you. But, since you can choose any text you want, there are ways to be creative with it and have something else than a date, like a greeting, a short phrase and much more.

Since you can choose any font for the inside text, you can really create something with various themes, or moods, depending on your actual project.

Grab this fun script in the store: Datestamp #3

For your chance to win this script, tell me what ELSE than a date can you imagine using this script for? Show us your creativity and share more ideas than what i have! I'll announce a winner in the newsletter, next week. Not a subscriber yet? Not a problem. You can register here and it is free (and you only get one email per week).

datestamp 3 samples for all the months of 2015For a sample of this script, i created a series of 12 stamps, for each month of 2015. They are in png format.

You can use them to date your projects or your photos, or as a way to date your year in review project.

Each element is about 500 pixels wide, and although they are white, you can easily colorize them by first lowering the brightness to turn the white into a grey.

What project can you add those to? Maybe a layout that is already done and is still requiring a fun way to date it?

Remember to show us what you do with those. Either link in the comments below, or pin it on our group board.

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New script – Chevron

Chevron pattern script to create seamless tilesIt might be fairly easy to create chevron pattern manually, but it still takes time, and in order to get something that is different each time can be a challenge.

This script will take care of that challenge by randomly picking the colors from your palette, and randomize also the thickness and the order of the lines, and also randomize the angle. In the end, you get a variety of seamless tiles you can pick from.

You can generate up to 25 different tiles in one run. And it will take just a few seconds too! Keep the tiles you like, and discard the others (nobody will know).

This is perfect to create background paper or accent elements like ribbons, borders, tags, etc.

Grab this time saving script in the store: Chevron script.

Do you want a chance to win this script? Tell me, in the comments below, how you have used chevron patterns in the past (you can link to a layout if you have one too!). I'll announce a winner in the newsletter, next week. Not a subscriber yet? Not a problem. You can register here and it is free (and you only get one email per week).

Chevron tiles in greyscale for freeAs a sampler, this week, i thought of creating a series of tiles from a single color palette, however, I have no idea what colors you would need. So i chose to run the script using black and white and 4 other shades of grey.

The resulting tiles are obviously all greyscale and you can colorize them as you wish.

You can use those tiles as a flood fill pattern to create edges, background papers and more.

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New script – Knot #11

Knot script for Paintshop  ProWe never have too many knots and bows, do we?

This script is all about creating that knot that you can use to tie an element like a ring, a tag, or anything that has a hole on the edge.

Interestingly, unlike other knots (or bows), this script allows you to get the correct shading whether you plan on using the ribbons toward the left, or the right or the top or the bottom. You know that one element with the correct shading should NOT be rotated, flipped or mirrored as that shading will become incoherent with the light source. Well, this is like having 4 scripts in one!

Each layer is left unmerged (so you can tweak them), and furthermore, they are grouped so you can copy the whole set of layers to paste them on your project without having to re-align them one by one.

You can use just about any type of  straight ribbon: opaque, patterned, directional, translucent, lace, etc.

You can grab this script in the store: Knot #11.

For a chance to win this script, tell me how you can think of using this simple knot. Can you think of something even more original than others? Something a little "out of the box"? Share your suggestions in the comments below, and i will pick a winner next week. Not a subscriber yet? Not a problem. You can register here and it is free (and you only get one email per week).

Knot in greyscaleAs a sampler of what this script will generate, i created 4 knots using the same starting ribbon. So you get one for each of the 4 directions.

Each file is in PSD format and the layers are unmerged. If you want to copy the whole thing onto your project and not have to merge the layers first, here is the process (with PSP):

  • highlight the bottom layer
  • right-click and select New Layer Group; click OK to the window that will pop up
  • activate the layer just above the group; drag it into the group, just above the previous layer (which is now in the group)
  • repeat for each layer
  • activate the Group 1 layer (above all the individual layers); copy that one (Ctrl-C) and you can paste as a new layer onto your project (Ctrl-L)

That was easy, wasn't it?

What will you do with those tied ribbons? Remember to show use your end result!

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New script – Cluster Template Maker 2

Cluster Template Maker script for Paintshop ProAdding clusters to a project can really make it stand out. But it seems that creating clusters often starts with staring at a blank page, or a bunch of elements, while being unable to decide where to start.

This script will just give you the boost you need by creating a starting point with a cluster of shapes on various layers. The shapes will vary between rectangles, circles, stars and flowers. They are just meant to help you and give you a guide to create your own cluster with papers and elements.

Run the script on a blank image (or a project) and it will determine the size of the elements based on the width of the canvas. You can always size down later.

Once it is done, you will have individual layers that you can adjust, tweak, reorder to your liking. If you don't like the result, just undo it (Ctrl-z) and run the script again. You will NEVER get the same result twice so enjoy the process!

Get this script in the store: Cluster Template Maker 2.

 

Cluster Making Toolkit scripts for Paintshop ProIf you are in love with clusters, there is also a Cluster Maker Toolkit in the store, which includes this script (Cluster Template Maker 2) but also the previous one (Cluster Template Maker) and the Speed Scrap Bundle of scripts to turn those templates into "real" clusters.

Get this Cluster Maker Toolkit in the store too.

Do you want a chance to win this script?  Tell me, in the comments below, how you usually manage to create clusters (if you create them). Do you use pre-made clusters? Do you use cluster templates? Do you work a long time to place the elements manually? I'll announce a winner in the newsletter, next week. Not a subscriber yet? Not a problem. You can register here and it is free (and you only get one email per week).

 

Cluster Template in PSD formatAs a way for you to sample the result of this tool script, i am offering you the cluster that is part of the preview. It is over 2000 pixels wide so you have plenty of room to resize it.

You can use it on a photo, but you can also use that to add a name for a signature tag, or just a decorative element on a flower.

Since it is saved as a PSD format, you can open it and use it in various graphic programs.

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Remember that you can always tweak the template, add elements, move some, rearrange the order of the layers, etc.

Will you show us what you do with this template? Don't be shy. We want to see.

New tubes – Natural Ropes

Natural rope tube for Paintshop ProAre you always looking for a rope or string in the size and shape you want but can't find anything ready-made that matches your project? That is when you can REALLY take advantage of these rope tubes for Paintshop Pro.

These are picture tubes, and you can "draw" with them as you would with a brush tool. Make them long, make them short. Make them straight, make them curved, make them twisted. Create "rope doodles" if you want, draw freehand or shape them neatly with a free script (link in the description).

You get 12 different natural rope tubes that you can use to make frames, tie tags, write words, etc.

Grab this set of rope tubes in the store now: Natural Ropes.

Would you like a chance to win this set? Tell me how you would use these picture tubes in a project of yours. Post in the comment below and i'll announce the winner in the newsletter, next week. Not a subscriber yet? Not a problem. You can register here and it is free (and you only get one email per week).

Rope doodle frame in PNGTo show you how versatile these rope tubes can be, i created a doodle frame. First, i drew it with the Pen tool so i could get a vector path. That required some work and tweaking to get the smooth curves. Then, i just ran the VectorTube script to place the rope along the vector path. That was the easy part.

The biggest challenge was to add the shadow ON the rope where the pieces overlap. Since everything was on a single layer, i had to use a few steps:

  • added a shadow on a separate layer
  • selected the area where the shadow should be on top of a rope.
  • promoted that selection and moved it above the rope
  • deleted that duplicated section from the initial shadow layer
  • with the eraser tool, i removed the shadow that appeared on top of the top rope but should NOT be there
  • then, i had to feather the remaining shadow so it would look natural

It was not hard, but it was a bit time consuming. But what do you think of the result? This free download includes a shadowed version and an unshadowed one (in case you need to add your own).

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Will you show me your end result with a photo in the frame? You can also post it on the pinboard HERE. Everyone would LOVE to see your project.

New script – Ice Texture

Ice Texture script for Paintshop ProAlthough it is summer, you probably have some winter photos that you need to enhance with some icy elements.

With this script, you can convert any shape into an icy element. You can choose simple elements, arrows, frames, or even convert an alpha of your choice into a cold one.

The script will take the shape of your element, whether it is a raster or a vector layer, and work on a copy of it, so it won't affect your original. The end result will be a bit translucent to simulate real ice that lets you see through, somehow.

Due to a random feature integrated into the script, you will get a slightly different ice texture every time, even if you use the same shape to start with.

You can get this script in the store: Ice Texture

What element or shape would you convert to ice? Tell me in the comments below for a chance to win this script. The winner will be announced, next week, in the newsletter. Not a subscriber yet? Not a problem. You can register here and it is free (and you only get one email per week).

Icy AlphaHow about an icy title? Check out this fun alpha i created with this script. To make it simple, i just typed in my alphabet on a 3600x3600 pixels image. I used a 350 pixels size, and a kerning setting of 300 to space out each letter. Then, i ran the Alpha Sheet Separator 2 script to create individual files from each letter.

Each letter of this set is 325 pixels high.

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So, what layout will you do using this alpha?

Show us your masterpiece by posting it on our PSP Scrapbook Showcase pinboard on Pinterest. If you don't have access to pin on that board, just send me an email so i can grant you that access.

 

New script – Film Strip

Film Strip script for Paintshop ProFilm strips are common ways to display photos, whether they are a series of photos taken in a rapid sequence, or completely different photos.

It is fairly easy to use a template and insert your photos manually into each slot, but with this Paintshop Pro script, the process will be much faster and you will have more options available than with ready-made film strip templates.

This script will always create a strip that is 3600 pixels long, which will fit traditionally sized scrapbook layouts. It is also big enough for you to size it down to any other size you need.

You can have between 4 and 12 photos on that strip, and the script will adjust each individual slot to still have a 3600 pixels long strip.

In the end, you will still have the option to tweak the exact placement of the photos (in case you don't want to cut Aunt Lucy's face on the edge). You can also apply various effects to the individual photos, like turning them into black and white, adjusting the brightness, adding various effects.

You can get this script in the store: Film Strip

I am sure you would love to use this script and you are already thinking of some photos to use in them. What kind of photos are you thinking of using with this script? Tell me in the comments below and i will announce a winner in the newsletter next week. Not a subscriber yet? Not a problem. You can register here and it is free (and you only get one email per week).

Film Strip template in PNG formatOf course, i cannot give you a sample of this with my own photos (even the wedding photos) since they won't mean anything to you. So, for that reason, i will just give you a sample of a blank template. I used the same strip as the one with the wedding pictures, and just saved the film strip layer in a png format.

As for all those strips, it is 3600 pixels long and this one has 12 square spaces for adding photos.

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New script – Custom Banners

Custom Banners script for Paintshop ProLast week, i attended to my daughter's wedding, and at the reception, she had a cookie bar where people would pick their own treats to bring home. She had a set of banners that said "Love is sweet".  I remember her asking me where to find the individual banners in the colors she wanted, and i didn't know. She ended up having the decorator do them for her, but that sparked the idea in my mind that Paintshop Pro can easily be used for hybrid projects. And that is how this Custom Banners script came to be.

This script will create individual banners with each character of your text (including the blanks) and the color you want. You can choose one of the 9 preset shapes for the banners or use your own if you have others. You can also pick a simple or elaborate font for those banners. All in all, you get the option to create your own banners.

Do you have specific patterned papers you want to use to create the banners? Not a problem: the script will ask you and if that is the case, it will only create an outline that you can cut out and the number would be printed.

And if you want to keep it digital, that is quite ok too as you can create the text message of your choice and size down each banner to suit your layout.

You can use this script to write any message you want!

Get this script in the store now: Custom Banners.

Do you want a chance to win this script? In the comments below, tell me what is the first text/message you would like to write with these banners. I'll announce a winner next week in the newsletter. Not a subscriber yet? Not a problem. You can register here and it is free (and you only get one email per week).

Custom Banners for Fahter's DayFather's Day is coming soon (at least here in Canada), as it is next week. For this occasion, i created all the banners to write the phrase "Happy Father's Day". Since you would need to print out the individual banners, i didn't duplicate the letters like A and Y which are repeated in the message. You can just print them twice or three times. There is also a blank one for you to place between the words or to add your own design.

I created them in white fill so that if you want to use a colored or patterned paper, it would still be possible to do without printing all over it.

Once you have them printed and cut, attach them together with a string or other fastening system, and hang it something (and remember to take a picture).

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And now, why wasn't there anything in the store last week? Because i was busy with my daughter's wedding, which was taking place out of town. Here is one picture of the happy couple.

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