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6th January 2012
Although there is an Emboss effect in PSP, i always felt it was not right. First off, it has light coming from a different angle from what i use and it usually was too bold so i decided to create a script to make different types of embossing.
This script will start with any design, pattern, image or text (choose black for best result). Then, simply run the script. Whether you have a paper beneath or not, it will not matter as the script will create an embossed “layer” that is separate from the paper, meaning you can modify it afterward, or even save it and use it on a different paper. How neat is that? You can use it for embossing a whole paper, a border, a tag, a strip of paper, etc.
In addition, the script offers you 3 types of embossing, from the bold one to the delicate one.
You can get this script in my store: Creation Cassel .
And of course, you have a chance to win this script in the Happy Place of the DST forum. Check out this thread where you can give me ideas on how embossing could be used in digital scrapbooking. Can you think of something innovative?
And what about a little sampler of an embossed layer? Here are two samples. They will fit a photo or a mat about 7 x 5 inches. They are in PNG format, so you can use them in just about any graphic programs. And you can adjust them, blend them with a paper of a different color, resize them, etc. Simply click on the preview to start the download.
This week, i received a very nice email from Linda who had just purchased the ClipToIt script (released last week). She sent me a sample of her work (but i cannot share it here because we don’t have the credits). Here is her email:
Hi Cassel – I attached a template that I have never been able to use correctly until your new script “Clip To It”, and my layout includes the bright yellow glow under the template using your Colored Edge Script and the blue tab is from your felt presets -
You have made scrapbooking so enjoyable – I just can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy all your tools.
News from the Campus
I hope you had a great start of 2012. Some of you did take advantage of our Ready Set Go promotion for January and are now enjoying one of the two courses of the Campus. Glad to see you on board.
This Sunday, we will have our live presentation on Seamless patterns. Although there is a “tiling” effect in PSP, there are times when that effect does not do what you really want. Here is a section made seamless, and from scratch.
Date: January 8th, 2012
Time: 5PM Eastern time (GMT-5)
(notice that it is 2 hours later than usual;
hopefully our Australian colleagues will be able to attend)
Click this button to register and be sent reminders by email
Are you doing a Project 365 (or 366) this year? Do you want to know a little bit more about it? Check out last week’s article in the Campus Scrapping in the New Year – Project 365. There should be another article this weekend, along with a list of resources for you if you decide to take on that project. Are you starting one?
21st October 2011
This week, you can get another knot script. Why another knot? Why not? You always have straight ribbons and would love to tie it to a tag, a frame or other decorative element. Now, if you have Paintshop Pro, and a straight ribbon, you might just be able to tie it into a realistic knot with shading. If you don’t have a ribbon to use, the script will create one for you. Unlike other knot/ribbon script, this one will actually have and accurate use of the length of the ribbon, so you can use a directional design, text, or gradient and have the knot look right. You can use opaque or translucent ribbon because the way the pieces are cut and shaped, they follow the actual path of a “normal” ribbon.
Not only you get a fun knot, but all the layers are left unmerged so you can insert elements between the layers or even inside the knot.
If you want the script to create the ribbon for you, you will end up with a 4200 pixels ribbon that you can use separately or to run another script on. For an interesting effect, choose a gradient or even a solid color with a texture (that will give you kind of a see-through ribbon!).
And how about a chance to “tie the knot” for free? Everyone loves free stuff and i am sure you would love to get this script for free. Then, hop over to the DigishopTalk forum in this Knot script thread and give some ideas on how this script can be used. I will draw for a winner on Monday night. And remember, if you buy this script to take advantage of the sales price, you can still enter and if you win, you simply get a coupon for a future new release!
I am sure you want to see this knot up close so i made these two knots available for you. So in this samplers, i am including two straight ribbons and two knots made with them. The knots are in PSD format with unmerged layers so just about anyone can use them.
Simply click on the preview to start the download.
News from the Campus
Did you see the tutorials that were added in the last few weeks in the Element Creation Tutorials section of the Campus? Here is a peak!
There are more but it would take up too much room in here. If you want to register to that section of the Campus, you can see more about theElement Creation Tutorials.
The PSPX4 special is still in effect, but hurry; I don’t know how long it will still be available! Get PSPX4 FULL version, downloadable or boxed for $39.99. This is a HUGE deal as it is 50% of the regular price. Hurry and grab it while you can.
And how about the Webinar on “Be the Master of Time”? You will see how to turn a summer photo into a fall or winter photo using only the tools and features of your Paintshop Pro. You will also see how to turn a daytime photo into a night time one, again, using only Paintshop Pro. It will be held on November 6th, at 3pm Eastern. Will you be there? Click the yellow button to register for it and you will get reminders ahead of time in case you forget!
If you are interested in attending, you can send me a couple of summer or daytime photos. I might use them to demonstrate the technique.
4th March 2011
The idea for this script is an old one. In fact, i had a similar script in a grab bag about 2 years ago, but this time it is much more advanced, and has more options. It also works with Paintshop Pro 8 now.
This script will “chew up” all around the edges of any element or shape you want. You can have a little wear, or more. Then, you can decide if you want to add a light, dark, colored or no border all around. This is already giving a lot of flexibility to match any kit or layout. But wait, you can also choose to have a thin, medium or thick edge, so that is even better!
Would you like a chance to win this script? Check out this thread in the DST forum and just go add your name. A winner will be announced on Monday night.
How about a little sample of what this script can do? You can get these free tags in png format for you to use in kits or layouts. Just click on the preview to download directly.
Now, are you anxious to hear about the February promotion winners? The draw has been made, and was recorded. The official announcement will be made tomorrow, in the newsletter, and then, i will post on this blog. But of course, if you are more curious, and want to know the result the earliest you can, just make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter. If not, you can still subscribe here.
And the CHAT? Did you remember our monthly chat? It will be held tomorrow at 3pm ET in the DST chatroom. (that makes if for around noon on the west coast, and evening for Europe) Tomorrow’s topic: Brushes. See you there!
5th September 2010
Remember that we will be holding a PSP topic chat, today, at the DST chatroom.
Date: September 5th
Time: 3pmET (check this world clock for the time in your area)
Location: DST Chatroom
Topic: Playing with vectors
So come on over and have a chitchat with other PSPers.
11th July 2010
Come and join us in the DST Chatroom at 3pm Eastern time.
Bring in your tip to improve everyday pictures so you can have the best possible pictures to scrap.
7th June 2010
Did you join in the PSP chat yesterday? If you missed it, i am sorry. We had a lot of fun, learned a few tips (especially for scripts and extractions), and we learned that Velcro is called Klittenband in Dutch (thanks to Joelle!).
We are hoping to get a PSP topic chat on a regular basis, once a month. For now, we are aiming for the first Sunday of the month. The problem is that it will coincide with July 4th, which might not be a good day for a chat for our US friends. I will be looking at another date for that particular month.
Having the chat at 3pm Eastern, allowed us to have participants from over the Atlantic, which is great! I know it was a bit early for those on the West coast, and probably totally impossible for the Aussies (sorry, we missed you) but it is hard to find a time to cover all 24 time zones!
It would be great if you have any suggestions for topics for next times. Talking about particular versions, particular tools, techniques, use of PSP with photos, or even have a guest among us would be great. Do not hesitate to suggest ideas, either by emailing me, or adding a comment below.
And if you want to know about the next chat, keep an eye on this blog or follow me on Twitter.
4th June 2010
Are you a PSP user? are you considering using PSP? Are you simply curious about PSP? Come over at the DST chatroom for a fun chat.
Date: June 6th
Time : 3pm EST (GMT –5)
Location: DST Chatroom
22nd May 2010
During the iNSD activities at DigiscrapTalk, earlier in the month, we held a topic chat about Paintshop Pro. The participants all seemed to like the idea, and some people were really disappointed to have missed it. Following the suggestions received, we are planning another chat, and possibly something regular. Right now, there is not set day or time for it as we are waiting for your input. Due to the 24 time zones in the world, we sure cannot find a time when everyone would be awake. Other life activities can also affect the availability of prospective participants.
Are you interested in such a chat? Are you a PSP user? Are you a new scrapper and would like to start with PSP? Are you a veteran scrapper with another program and want to try it out with PSP too? We would welcome all participants, PSP users or not. But post in this thread at DST (or in the comments below if you prefer). Tell us when would be a good enough time for you. Tell us if you would like to discuss a specific sub-topic.
See you there!