New script – Quilling

Quilling script for Paintshop ProMany years ago (at least 35), my mom got me a kit to do some quilling. I had no idea what it was and didn't even have the proper tools to do it, but I improvised and created a few fund designs by rolling those long strips of papers, and shaping them in specific ways. I loved that, and often wished I could find time (and tools) to do it again.

But, in digital scrapbooking, those tiny elements are not as easy to create, until now.

This script will turn any line drawing into strips of papers shaped like that drawing. As long as you can create even lines, using the Pen tool or the Brush tool, you can turn those lines into intricate designs.

In order to help you, the zip file also includes 15 preset shapes that you can use in the color of your choice. Resize them or distort them at will. Since they are vector, they will keep nice edges. Create your design in larger size, so it will be easier to draw, and then once it is converted into quilling, you can size it down. Super easy.

Get this script in the store: Quilling script.

Did you ever do any quilling? Tell me about your experience or what you know about this art in the comments below. I'll pick a winner next week to get this script for free (or another one, if you choose to buy it immediately). Not a subscriber yet? Not a problem. You can register here and it is free (and you only get one email per week).

Qulling - Daisy in png formatAs a sampler of what can be done with this script, I made a little daisy. I used one of the preset shapes, in white. I duplicated and rotated that one petal 5 times and arrange those petals around another preset shape drawn in yellow for the center. Then, using the Pen tool, I drew a couple of free form lines. Finally, I used a third preset shape, in green, for the leaves and I placed them along those lines.

Before running the script, I merged all the layers together, and voilà! A quilled daisy, ready to be used on your projects. It is quite large so you can size it down to suit your needs.

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Can you create more flowers to go with this one?

 

News from the Campus

Did you have a look at the forum lately? After the live class on the Out of Bound techniques, viewers have posted FANTASTIC projects using that technique. And they are so creative!

Here are just a few examples:

 

Do you want to see more? Check out the forum HERE.

And if you want to know how they created those masterpieces, check out the edited video. It is free to watch for a couple more weeks; you just have to be logged in. And yes, you will be able to create such projects.

New script – Mosaic Photo

Mosaic Photo script for Paintshop ProYou might have seen tutorials on how to turn a regular large photo into a mosaic using smaller photos. It might not be too hard, but you can create that exact effect in less than a minute with this script for Paintshop Pro.

Start with a large image, and run the script. Follow the prompts and you will see your image turned into a mosaic using 1, 2, 3 or 4 different images of your choice.

Make sure you read the README file as you will have to edit the script to match the configuration of your own Paintshop Pro and your own computer (I can't guess that part for you).

Get this script in the store: Mosaic Photo.

For a chance to win this script, tell me if you ever tried to achieve that effect, and if you did, how you did it. Post your answer in the comments below. I'll pick a winner and 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).

Cluster Templates in PSD format for scrapbookingSince it is impossible for me to give you a sample using a photo that would be of any interest for you, I decided to see what other sampler you seemed to have liked, and I found out that the Cluster Templates were a big hit, so I created three more for your own use.

They are in PSD format, so they can be used by non-PSP users.

Each one is about 3500 pixels in width, so they could be used on a full size scrapbook project, or you can size them down to fit your project.

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New script – Glitter Sticker

Glitter Sticker script for Paintshop ProStickers are fun, versatile and can be used in many projects. You can now create your own starting with any element, shape or text, and add some pizzazz by converting an ordinary shape or image, into a glittered one, with a glitter outline and paper.

You can use one of the default gold, silver or bronze outline, or choose your own color. Choose a gradient for a really cool effect. Or you can choose to have no outline.

Then, you can have a white paper, a black paper, a translucent plastic, or any other color or pattern as a paper. This could be a great opportunity to use a solid or patterned paper from a kit you like to customize it and make your sticker really part of the project.

Add those stickers to scrapbook pages, to business pages, to cards, to planners, and more.

Get this script in the store: Glitter Sticker.

For a chance to win this script, tell me what kind of outline you would likely use the most: gold, silver, bronze, or something else? I'll announce a winner in next week's newsletter. Not a subscriber yet? Not a problem. You can register here and it is free (and you only get one email per week).

cass-GlitterSticker-DigitsFor this week's sampler, I created a set of digits with gold outline and plastic translucent backing. Each digit is about 450 pixels in height so you can resize it as needed.

Since these digits are in png format, you can use them in most graphic programs.

A full alpha will be available in the newsletter, on Sunday.

This would be perfect to add a date, and with the alpha, you could write glittery titles.

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News from the Campus

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Did you enter the draw for our BIG 2016 Show Off?

You still have a few hours to do so, and enter our draw for over $900 in prizes.

What are you waiting for?

Enter ANY project you created using something from the Campus, from the store or from this blog (even the digits you just downloaded above).

Check out the forum to post YOUR project, and look at others that were already posted. You have until Saturday night to enter. You can have as many as 5 entries. Use them all!

New script – Leaf Pattern 1

Leaf Pattern script for Paintshop ProCreating a geometric pattern can be easy if you have only one shape, but it can become tedious if you have multiple similar shapes, using different colors. Until now, you either had to do them by hand, or rely on layered templates, which only offer a limited number of color arrangement.

And now, what if you wanted to use totally random colors throughout the whole paper, with hundreds of those similar shapes. How would you do it?

This is exactly what this script will do. Using your own color palette (from 3 to 6 colors), you can generate simple 4-leaf patterns, or multiple ones, and the script will pick the colors at random while creating up to 20 tiles per run. Keep the ones you like, and discard the others. Each tile will have the shapes but no background so you can customize that last element to match your project.

Get this script: Leaf Pattern 1 (and yes, there are plans for a #2 also!)

Do you want to win this script? In the comments below, tell me how you would call this pattern. I called it a leaf pattern, but i am wondering if there is another name for it. I'll pick a winner next week and announce it 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).

Leaf Pattern tiles - Easter colorsAlthough Easter is over for most people, the colors associated with Easter are still very appropriate for spring, so whether you want to showcase your Easter photos, or spring photos, these colors should be quite suitable.

I generated 8 small tiles using a 5 color palette. In the preview, you can see the result when each tile was used to fill a larger page, with a solid background.

Each tile is in png format, so they can be used in most graphic programs.

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News from the Campus

 

OutOfThisWorld-400Did you register to our live class, tomorrow? There is still time to do so.

If you have never heard of Out of bound effect, you will be in for a treat, and if you have heard about it, you will see how we can bring it to another level!

Register now

 

 

 

 

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Did you hear about the BIG 2016 Show Off event that is going on in the Campus. It comprises of several parts:

  • a way for PSP users to show off what they do with products from the store, freebies from the blog, or tutorials from the Campus
  • over $900 in prizes to be won at random, among all the participants
  • FREE video tutorials between April 22nd and May 7th (a new video every day)
  • special deals announced in the Campus emails

For more information, check it out HERE.

New tubes – Fringes

Fringe picture tubes for Paintshop ProThis picture tube for Paintshop Pro is unique in that it lets you place fringes along the edge of any element. Use your cursor or a script to place those fringes.

You can play with the settings, and change the placement mode to have very evenly spaced strands, or keep it at random for a less regular placement. Adjust the size as you want. The full size will give you strands that are 1000 pixels high, so it will be easy to size it down to fit your needs.

These fringes match perfectly the Wool tubes, so you can create the top edge of the fringe with the wool tube. Or you can create custom sequins to create a more delicate top. Of course, you can also place those fringes under a straight edge for yet a totally different look.

Grab these tubes in the store: Fringes.

For a chance to win this set of fringe tubes, give me one use you could suggest for those fringes. Let me your suggestion in the comments below. The winner will be announce 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).

Fringe Border in PSD formatAs a sample of this tube, I created a long border with the white fringe, and I added also a sequin border. The whole fringe also has a template for the top part if you want to replace it by your own paper.

The whole border is 4000 pixels long, so you can size it down, and it will still cover the whole width of a full size scrapbook page.

Add your own shadow on the sequin edge and the fringe itself. You can also duplicate the fringe layer for a thicker effect.

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New script – Datestamp #4

Datestamp script for Paintshop ProThere are so many ways you can have a date on a project. That is why we are up to the fourth different datestamp script. But don't limit yourself to a date; this script allows you to add other messages, words or phrases.

In addition to be able to choose ANY text, you can also choose any color for it, any font for the text and one of 6 ways to fill the center.

You can keep a simple set of straight lines so you can add hand written notes. You can leave the center empty so you can add another design, preset shape or hand drawn element. You can use the filled circle in the center as a template to add a photo of some kind. The possibilities are literally endless.

You can grab this fun script in the store: Datestamp #4.

For a chance to win this script, tell me how you tend to add dates to your graphic projects. Do you use elements? Just text? Alphas? Add your answer in the comments below. 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 with days of the weekAs a sample of what this script can do, I created a set of datestamps using simply the days of the week with straight lines in the center. This should be versatile enough to let you customize them. Of course, you can also remove those lines in the middle if you want. I won't be offended!

Each one is about 500 pixels wide, in greyscale so you can change the color (like I did in the preview). Since they are also in png format, you can use them even if you are not a PSP user.

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News from the Campus

CuttingTheRibbon-400The edited recording of our live presentation is now available for viewing.

You can watch it for free as long as you are logged into the Campus (the login is not necessarily the same as the one for this site).

Watch now

New script – Cluster Template Maker 3

Cluster Template Maker 3 script for Paintshop ProCreating clusters can seem like a daunting task when you just end up staring at the screen, wondering what element to use, where to put them, resize them or not, etc.

This script is a tool that can help you get passed that step by generating a cluster template that you can then tweak to your liking. Like for any other template, you are not required to follow it exactly, but instead, customize it and make it your own.

This script will create a "strip cluster" that you can use on a full size project, as they end up around 3200-3500 pixels in width. Use them horizontally, as they are created or rotate them vertically, or, why not, use them as an angle!

Grab this inspirational tool script in the store: Cluster Template Maker 3

cass-ClusterMakingToolkitIf you are into clusters, you can get all three Cluster Template Maker scripts AND the Speed Scrap Scripts as a Tool kit bundle for more than 30% discount.

That bundle includes this week's Cluster Template Maker script but also two other scripts to generate different types of Clusters. In addition, you get the 3 scripts included in the Speed Scrap Scripts that will help you replace the elements in your template by elements from your kits, all in a fraction of the time you would need to do it manually. A REAL time saver!

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).

cass-ClusterTemplateStripsFor this week's sample, I am actually including THREE cluster template strips that were generated using this script.

Each template would nicely fit on a 3600 pixels project. Use them as is, tweak them, rotate them, add or remove elements, change the layering, etc. Basically, make them your own.

The shadows are only for the previews since there is no way to tell what type of element you will use for each shape.

Can I challenge you? Would you take one of those templates and create a project to share with us?

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News from the Campus

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Join us for our live presentation, this Sunday, at 5pm Eastern time.

We'll look at various ways to use and manipulate ribbons in your digital projects.

Remember that it is FREE.

REGISTER NOW

And bring a friend along.

New script – Painted Background

cass-PaintedBackgroundLinda asked me recently if i could create a script that would generate a painted background from an image. Of course, one can always use the Brush Strokes effect in Paintshop Pro, but sometimes, we only want an abstract background based on the colors of a particular image we like. It can obviously be hard to find a perfect match unless we create it ourselves.

That is where this script comes from. Using a variety of brushes, the script will use the colors of the image and add colors on a separate layer, all randomly, for a different result every time.

You can choose what kind of "brush stroke" you want (whether it is a sponge effect, a dry or wet brush effect, a palette knife or an airbrush effect).

And you can also use that new background to showcase an element of the photo that you have extracted, by using blend modes, or other type of techniques.

Grab this fun script: Painted Background

Since this script can create a full size paper (if you want), you would also have the option to use that paper for other purposes than just a background (even though those backgrounds will be stunning). What other use can you think for those papers? Give me a suggestion in the comments below. Not a subscriber yet? Not a problem. You can register here and it is free (and you only get one email per week).

cass-PaintedBackground-PapersThis week, i picked a few very colorful images on Morguefiles and turned 3 of them into full size papers. Do you have a fun, happy project you want to showcase? You can use those background papers as a base for showcasing your photos. You can also use those papers in other ways (or use them with other scripts!).

You can add some blur, add texture, play with the adjustment layers, even blend them with something else. You can surely find more creative ways to use those colorful papers.

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News from the Campus

 

How-to-create-a-sticker-in-PSPCan you create your own sticker out of any image you have? Sure you can. Use any png image (even if you extracted Uncle Jim from a photo) to turn them into custom stickers. And also, have a peek how you can make that sticker look like it is curling up a bit.

Check it out

 

 

New script – Group

PSP script to group layersWhenever you work on a particular project, and create many layers, it is a real pain to copy and paste each individual layer onto the new project. Of course, you can group them, but if you have 20, 30 or 100 layers, it can be very time consuming.

This is why I created this script. It will group ALL the layers in an image into ONE group in seconds saving you time that you can use for other projects. Once all the layers are grouped, you can copy and paste it onto your new project. If you need to tweak the individual elements, it is as simple as ungrouping the layers and continue your work.

A simple yet time saving tool for anyone working with many layers on their projects.

Grab this script in the store: Group.

P.S. you might want to bind this script and add it to your layer palette. Check out the video here.

I guess, since this script is free, there is no point in drawing for a winner to get it for ... free. But, i would still love to hear what you think of this script or maybe your ideas for other quick and time saving command combinations that could be turned into a script.

cass-Cookies-Letters-SymbolsAs a sampler, i obviously can't sample this script as it would just need to be applied to your own projects. But since i had a very good response to the Cookie Digits, a few weeks ago, i thought it might be time to get the matching alphabet for you.

So i created a matching alphabet with uppercase, and a set of symbols that you might use. I love this font called Fatty, as it has a shape that is uneven, just like cookies might be (at least mine).

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Can i challenge you to use those cookies in a project and show it to me? And it would be great if Alex (at the Corel office) could see how creative you can be using PSP. Post your project on their FB page, and tag it with #FanFriday.

 

 

News from the Campus

Shortcuts-for-PSP-1Are you using keyboard shortcuts when working with PSP? Check out which are my top 10 shortcuts in this blog post in the Campus.

And while you are at it, download my printable shortcuts cheat sheets.

New script – Pinwheel

Paintshop Pro script to create pinwheel patternCreating designs for seamless tiles is not that hard, but creating many using the same palette without redoing the same one twice is a little be more challenging.

This script is there to help with that.

Starting with your own color palette (up to 8 colors), the script will mix them up and create various combinations for you. Since the pinwheel pattern is a little limited in the number of possible patterns, you might end up with a few repeats but you can just delete them.

You can generate tiles, tagger size papers or full size papers, using the same pattern.

You can also combine two tiles, flip/mirror them, and get a new tile for a different pattern.

A simple, yet versatile pattern.

Get this script in the store: Pinwheel

For a chance to win this script, add a comment below, about the idea of this pattern. I'll pick a winner next week and announce it 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).

cass-Pinwheel-greensFor a sample, i created 8 tiles in the green colors (for St-Patrick month). Each tile is 250x250 pixels and can be scaled up or down as a pattern. You can add a rotation. You can combine two tiles. You can duplicate a single tile and flip/mirror it to create a different pattern.

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News from the Campus

AdjustWhat-400What do you know about Adjustment Layers in PSP?

Do you want to learn a bit more and find out a few interesting uses for them?

Check out the edited recording of the live presentation we had last week.

Check the Master Class