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14th June 2013
Did you attend the live presentation on Texting Again with PSP? We looked at how easy it was to split a word into individual letters to manipulate them separately. Someone asked a great question about adding shadows to those individual letters, and at the time, i didn’t know how to do it easily. I knew there was a way to split them but it was tedious and not convenient.
In order to accomplish what was asked, i coded this script. Not only will this script convert each letter into a shape, but it will also split them into individual vector layers that can then be manipulated at will and even converted to raster to add more effects, like shadows, textures, distortion, etc.
And if you have several vector objects (text, shape, path), and want to move them, rotate them, or otherwise manipulate them, the script can also split them into individual vector layers. This is perfect to create wordart.
You can get this time saving tool in my store atCreation Cassel.
There is also a thread HERE, where you can add your name and ANSWER the question to enter into a random draw. I will be back on Monday night with the name of a winner.
For this week’s freebie, with Father’s Day just around the corner, I thought of making a wordart for DAD. Using the Vector Separator, i was able to add all the words and phrases to one vector layer and then split them for easier manipulation.
You can use this wordart to make a frame, to overlay on a photo, or just print it and frame it.
The whole design is about 1800 x 1800 pixels and in png format so it can be used with just about any graphic program.
To download this free sample, just click on the preview. No registration. No wait.
8th June 2013
There are various “styles” available for Photoshop users to create a chalk texture, but this script will work for Paintshop Pro users and will turn ANY design, shape or text, in any color, in a chalk project.
You can add various options to your project, including smudges (aren’t those common on a chalkboard?), and outline, and you can even decide on the thickness of the outline, the amount of smudge and the size of the texture. This means you don’t have to rely on a small texture for a large project, or a large texture on a small project.
Despite the options available to the user, the script will still add a little randomness so that each run will be somewhat different than the others. You can take advantage of this feature to run the script on different layers and it will look like it was drawn by hand.
You can get this fun texture script in my store: Creation Cassel.
Do you want this script for free? Of course you do. You can just add your name to this thread in the DST forum and tell me what else than a school theme you could use this script for.
As a sample, this week, I am presenting you with 4 journaling cards that you can use in various ways on your projects. Use them vertically or horizontally.
Each card is dark grey, 1200×900 pixels with rounded corners.
Click on the preview to start a direct download. No wait time.
31st May 2013
We all know how adding texture to a plain paper can make the difference between a set of boring papers and a lively realistic result. Although most scrappers and designers know the importance of adding texture, it seems so easy to rely on our few favorite overlays and use them over and over and over again, leading to less creative results.
This script will add that variety by randomly picking overlays (between 2 and 4 per paper), rotating them randomly, layering them randomly, adding a random blend mode, and adjusting the opacity, also randomly.
Will it always give a pleasing result? Maybe not, since Paintshop Pro cannot see the result and surely, does not know your own taste, but that is not a problem since everything is left unmerged, so you can tweak all the layers, deleting some if you want, changing the blend mode, varying the opacity or even adding more overlays to the stack. One thing for sure, you will be playing with some different combinations that you might not have thought of.
The script will also rename each overlay layer to the overlay file name so you can easily refer to them if you need to reuse one or credit the source.
You can get this script in my store, at Creation Cassel.
There is a thread in the DST forum (that was added late) where you can win this script simply by telling me how many overlays you tend to use on a paper when you want to texture it. And by Monday night, i will pick a winner.
This week, as a sampler, I am offering you a simple layered template for a card and envelope. You can use these templates for our Father’s Day contest.
The template, in PSD format, will create a card, 1200×900 pixels (so 4×3 inches), with an envelope that will match.
Use your favorite kit, designs, or supplies. Add the text you want, in the language you want.
You can use the card template to create a card in either orientation: portrait or landscape.
Simply click on the preview to start the direct download.
24th May 2013
Did you ever follow a pattern to create an intricate design while knitting? It is time consuming, requires a lot of attention to details to not miss one stitch and a lot of yarn too!
This script will let you turn an image or a photo into a knitted project without effort, without yarn and without any knowledge of knitting!
The process is simple: open the image, run the script, choose the size of the stitches (small, medium or large) and watch it go. Then, you get the option of adding the stitches on top to put on a needle or not. That’s it! The whole thing is pretty quick, although, it takes a while to go the whole width of the project, especially if it is pretty wide. But it is effortless, i can promise that!
You can grab this fun photo script in my store: Creation Cassel
Do you knit? Do you know how to knit? Tell me in this thread and you will be entered in a random draw to win this fun script. I will be back on Monday night with the name of a winner.
Since this script is used to add something to photos, i am sure giving you a sample made with one of my photos would not have meant much to you! But i figured it might be fun to have a generic design to make you smile so i used a smiley.
You can probably make various inspirational knitted projects with this script and add them to your layouts. How about a “one little word” you might be working on this year?
This project is actually 2 files: one is the knitted image and one is the needle so you can use something else than the needle if you want to hand this a different way.
To download this free sample, just click on the preview. No registration, no wait.
18th May 2013
Washi tapes are pretty popular lately but maybe you are looking for something that matches your current project and can’t find the perfect one. No more problem. This script will create some for you quickly and effortlessly based on any papers you want.
The script will generate a variety of tapes based on your choice of thickness, whether you want them to all be the same thickness or varied, and within the minimum and maximum length that you will determine.
You can choose any number of papers to have the tapes cut from.
All the ends will be cut at an angle, just randomly. There is also a discrete shading added to each tape to make everyone of them unique.
Finally, all the tapes will be grouped in one single file, in individual layers for your convenience. It will be up to you to delete those you don’t care for, and keep the others. You can then separate them and save them individually or simply save the file with up to 50 tapes in it.
Although it is meant to look like adhesive tapes, you can also use the end results as ribbons too. The possibilities are endless.
You can grab this time saving script in the store at Creation Cassel.
Do you want a chance to win this script? Check out this thread in the DST forum and add your name along with a suggestion on how you would use those tapes. I will be back on Monday night with the name of a winner.
To give you an idea of what this script can do, i created a set of solid grey tapes, and just added some brushwork on them. See, instead of using actual papers, you can simply use solid colors and then generate plain tapes that you can also use as templates for painting on, adding text, etc.
The tapes in this sampler are stamped with the days of the week so you can use them to embellish your daily layouts. Since they are all in greyscale, you can colorize them to match your project, add texture to them, even rip some of them and crinkle them.
What would you do with them? Remember to show off!
To download this set of 7 tapes, just click on the preview. No registration. No wait.
11th May 2013
How do you add leaves to a stem or a vine? One by one? That is long and tedious. Using Vector shapes? That is still long and requires placement one at the time to match the stem. Brushes? But that wont allow to place different ones all along.
This is a FONT, meaning that you can place them along a path (which will be the stem). You can choose the colors, as if they were brushes. You can choose how close they are together by adjusting the kerning. They are always placed perfectly along the stem as they are made to match the path. You can use a single shape repeatedly, you can choose a few shapes and repeat the sequence or alternate, or you can randomly hit keys on your keyboard for a more random look.
And since you are creating those leaves from a font, they will be in vector format, allowing you to resize them as you wish, without losing quality.
Best of all, this FONT can be used in most graphic program that allow outside fonts, or you can simply install it if you feel you will use it often. So, whether you are using Paintshop Pro, Photoshop, Photoshop Element, GIMP, you can use this font.
You can get this font in my store, Creation Cassel.
As usual, i have a little draw for you to win this font. Just check out this thread in the DST forum and tell me what program you are using. If you also have some ideas on how to use this font, go ahead and share those ideas! I will be back on Monday with the name of a winner.
For a sample of how this font can be used, i created a little flowery branch that you can use on your layouts. It is about 2000 pixels high and in PNG format so you can use it no matter what program you are using.
To create this effect, i simply started with a vector path (the stem), and randomly added characters from the lower row of my keyboard (z,x,c,v,b,n,m) so all the leaves would match. Using a simply feathered selection, i darkened the edges of the leaves, then added a standard flower from the Picture tubes available in my PSP.
It is a very simple process and i could have done the same thing with a vine going all around a page, or create a fun frame with it.
To download, simply click on the preview. No wait, no registration.
3rd May 2013
Threading a digital ribbon on a digital paper, might not be something too hard to do, but it is tedious. If you want to accomplish this task faster and more accurately, you can do so with this script.
Choose to thread your own ribbon through slits or eyelets. You choose the number of slits or eyelets to create along with a few other options to give you a very customizable result.
You can use this script to thread ribbons to match your folded ribbons, your knot or your bow. You can use it to put a threaded ribbon on a page, to create a frame, on a photo, on the edge of a card or envelope, and more.
What would you create with this script?
You can get this time saving script in my store : Creation Cassel.
There is also a thread in the forum where you can add your name and get a chance to win this script. Check out this thread and don’t be shy!
For this week’s sample, I created this fun card for Mother’s Day. You can use it in one layout about your mom or another important mother in your life.
The ribbon was threaded using the script. The vertical threading was made by first rotating the whole project by 90 degrees since the script will only work on a horizontal ribbon.
The detailed edge was made using the Edge font along a vector path. Isn’t that neat?
This card is in PNG format so just about anyone can use it.
To download this sample, just click on the preview itself. No waiting, no registration needed.
News from the Campus
Congratulations to the winners of the BIG Show Off contest:
Filter Forge 3.0 - Mizfit Mania
PSPX5 – Giovina Rosignoli
PSPX5 – Mireille Fratini (mimi13)
5 Master Classes – Karon Day
- what are all those settings for?
- how do you get text on a path?
- how do you get the text at the bottom of the circle to read upward?
- how do you type a text INSIDE a shape?
- what else can you do with the text tool?
- the text tool can be used for other purpose than text; like what?
- a few neat tricks to use with the text tool
Date: Sunday, May 5th, 2013
Time: 5pm Eastern Time
Register now and send us your "text challenges"
12th April 2013
More and more designers like to incorporate matching tags, or cards or other elements into their kit. More and more scrappers like to have something matching the kit they purchased or the layout they are making but might be missing those elements. To do them by hand is ok if you only have a couple to do, but what if you need a whole set? That can quickly become a long task.
With this script, you can start with any simple template (simple works best), choose any number of papers to pick from, select colors from your color palette and let it do its magic. You can generate up to 10 copies of the basic template, using a randomly picked paper and randomly picked color.
And all that can take you less than one minute to accomplish. Of course, the script does not have a good eye for color combinations so you might very well end up with ugly matches, but it is not a big deal: just delete those and keep the ones that ended up as great combos.
You will determine which layers will be replaced by papers, which ones will be replaced by a color and the script will leave all the other layers untouched. Since all the resulting elements will be left in layers just like the starting template, you can still tweak any one of them as you want.
You can grab this time saving script in my store: Creation Cassel
Do you want a chance to win this script? You can do so by adding your name to this thread in the DST forum and give me more ideas on how you could use such a script. I will come back on Monday night with the name of a winner. Remember that even if you purchase the script, you can still enter the draw and if your name comes up, you will be able to get a coupon for a future new release.
For a free sample, i prepared a set of 9 tags (900×600) all made using the same kit from Karenheckyeah called “A summer Place”. You can use those tags for a “Project Life” type of layout since it makes those tags 3×2 inches, or you can use them in other traditional types of layout. It is really up to you.
Simply click on the preview to start the direct download.
It is still April!
The Time Master Bundle is still available for a short time. Monday is the last day this bundle will be available at this price. And Monday, is also the last day you can use the coupon code : TIME5 to get another $5 off the reduced price.
Don’t wait. Get it NOW.
Spend now, Save later
Are you still building your coupon code for May? You still have a couple of weeks to do so. Some of you have already built a nice 50% coupon for next month. I am sure you will be shopping some more! Go for it. Time to shop!
(and remember that what you spend in the Campus is ALSO added to the total)
The BIG Show Off
Did you have a look at the newer projects that members have been showing off? See what Mizfit and Val posted on this thread.
So what will YOU show off today?
And also, i promised you that i would tell you when there would be more prizes to be won. I will now have a SECOND copy of PSPX5 to win, so you have 2 chances to upgrade to X5! And i am still waiting on other partners and prizes.
5th April 2013
If you want to create a long border with a specific design, how do you achieve that? Probably with a lot of copy and paste and move, and copy again, paste again and move again. This can be pretty tedious if you want to create a long strip of repeated pattern. And how do you make sure the spacing is perfectly even? That is another challenge.
This script does all the hard work for you and will take just a few seconds. In addition, you get many options in the type of repeats you can get AND you are the one deciding how the spacing should be.
You can have a simple straightforward repeat, but you can also have the design alternating up and down, or have it mirrored, or flipped, or both. You can even have the design overlap if you prefer.
You can use just about anything you want to repeat, whether it is a vector shape, a dingbat, a hand drawn design, an element, even an extracted element from your stash (just beware of any shadowing though).
You can get this very versatile script in my store: Creation Cassel
What could you do with this script? Give us some ideas in this thread in the forum, for a chance to win it.
For this week’s free sample, I made this simple frame out of a dingbat that i colored. I used the mirrored repeat and slightly overlapped the first repeat with the original design, then, as the script offered me to merge the first two, i chose a different spacing for the following repeats.
Once a long strip of repeats was done, i selected a smaller portion of the strip to create the sides, and just with duplicates, and mirror and flip, i adjusted each side to create a frame. Very simple to do once you have the basic strip!
To download this frame, simply click on the preview. No wait.
And remember to show us what you do with it!
Yes, it is here now. The BIG April Promo is in full swing and you can participate in several different ways.
Spend now, Save later
Every dollar you spend in the store AND the Campus during the whole month will be compiled and will earn you a coupon you can use in a purchase in May. It is simple:
Spend $20 in the whole month, you’ll get a 20% off coupon
Spend $30 in the whole month, you’ll get a 30% off coupon
Spend $40 in the whole month, you’ll get a 40% off coupon
Spend $50 in the whole month, you’ll get a 50% off coupon
Spend $60+ in the whole month, you’ll get a 50% off coupon AND an additional entry into the Big Show Off draw
The Big Show Off
This is where you can show off anything you did (layout, kit, hybrid project, etc.) based on something you learned in the Campus. You link to your project AND to the tutorial, class or tip. You can win one of the fantastic prizes (including one copy of Filter Forge plugin, which DOES work with PSP even if they say it is a Photoshop plugin).
We already have a few great projects posted in the Campus. Check these, from Val, Yobeth and Mireille:
And there are more.
Bundle of the week
Until Monday, you can also grab a great deal in the Campus: the Photo-Graphics with PSP bundle is available for $24.99 (instead of $39.99 if you bought them separately).
Even better, if you are using the coupon code: PHOTOGR5 you get an additional $5 off meaning that you end up with TWO Master Classes for $19.99, which is, in fact, the price of one!
Hurry, it is only available until Monday, April 8th. After that, the bundle will go back to the regular “bundle” price of $29.99, and the coupon will have also expired.
28th March 2013
Do you sometimes have various elements, like flowers, beads, or even frames that you would like to have evenly distributed? In PSPX4 and X5, there is a function like that but if you are using an older version, the only way you can do it is using the guidelines and measuring the spacing yourself and then finding the center of each object to move them accurately.
That is a bit of work that you can avoid with this script. In fact it will take it just a few seconds to accomplish what might take you a few minutes.
In addition, this script can also distribute elements evenly on a diagonal line, based on the width and the height of the image. Even PSPX4 and X5 don’t do that!
If your elements are the same size, the spacing will probably be pretty even, but if the elements are of different size, don’t count on the spacing as the script measures by the center of each element.
Unfortunately, it is only compatible with PSP9 and up (sorry for the PSP8 users out there).
You can get this script in my store: Creation Cassel.
I also have a giveaway in the DST forum. Simply tell me, in this thread, what PSP version you are using and your name will be entered in the random draw for Monday night.
Just like last week, it is kind of hard to give you a sample of a tool script, so i opted for giving you a spring element (or Easter theme, if you prefer). I made this bunny out of the pipe cleaner picture tubes from the store. This is a PNG format element about 1500 pixels high. I added some fun shadows to give it some volume and the shadows are part of the element.
Those pipe cleaners are so much fun to play with. Just like the real 3D ones you can bend and twist, you can do just the same thing with your mouse. You even have the advantage of being able to make them much longer than the real ones!
They were Mendy’s idea and here is what she said about them:
“This one [product] is so much fun. Makes you feel like you are a kid again. They are so real looking that you just want to reach out and touch them. Love it!”
You can get those pipe cleaners in the store here.
But obviously, you want the freebie, right? Just click on the preview to start the direct download.
April is near
Yes, yes, i told you that last week, didn’t i? And i am sure you know it is only a couple of days away. But did you figure out what it will be about? Did you guess from the hints? Let’s add a bit to the list:
Hint #1: get your wishlist ready (i really mean it!)
Hint #2: check the Master Classes in the Campus (watch the video for the free one or any other you might have purchased)
Hint #3: get ready to scrap
Hint #4: FF often stands for Firefox, but for something else too!
Hint #5: something will happen on “school ground” too
See you soon! I think there might be something more in the Newsletter, Sunday morning.Newer Posts »