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30th March 2012
Heather worked with the Plastic Pocket script that was released a couple of weeks ago, and she commented that it would have been nice to create a whole page with pocket instead of only strips. That definitely gave me another idea. And here is the script.
Using only Paintshop Pro, you can create this totally customized plastic protector sheet for your digital scrapbook layout, that will have just about any kind of pocket size combination.
You can have small and large pockets on the same page, some open and some sealed pockets on the same page in just the right number, order and arrangement to fit your need. With a random feature integrated, you can also have a different result even if you are using the same settings!
You can grab this script in my store: Creation Cassel (right now, i cannot upload to the DigiScrapWarehouse, due to a technical problem but it will hopefully be available soon).
In the Happy Place, there is a thread, HERE, where you can add your name and have a chance to win this script for free. Go for it!
This week, you will get a pretty neat free sample. This set of pockets is 1200×1600 pixels in size and includes 10 pockets: 8 open ones and 2 sealed ones. Each pocket is on a separate layer. You can combine them as you wish. It is in PSD format so you do not have to be a Paintshop Pro user.
Show me what you do with this page. Click on the preview to start the direct download.
April promotion in the store
Did you get your wishlist ready yet? It might be time to have a look at it. For the whole month of April (so this will start Sunday), every purchase you will make in the store will be tallied to get you a discount coupon to be used in May. How much will the coupon be for? This will depend on what you buy, and how much you spend.
If you spend $20, you will get a 20% discount coupon.
If you spend $30, you will get a 30% discount coupon.
If you spend $40, you will get a 40% discount coupon.
If you spend $50, you will get a 50% discount coupon.
If you spend $60 and over, you will get a 60% discount coupon.
So, make sure you have your wishlist ready, so that in April you will be able to grab what you always wanted, and get a bonus for it. Also, ALL the purchases you make in the month will be added, so you can spend $10 Monday, and $30 the next week, and $20 on April 30th, and still get a whopping 60% off coupon. How cool is that?
News in the Campus
This weekend will be a very busy one over in the Campus, with TWO workshops.
Sunday, April 1st: Color your world in Paintshop Pro.
Monday, April 2nd: Introduction to scripts in Paintshop Pro
Both workshops are FREE, so just click the link to get more details and register.
But that is not all. I am putting the finishing touch to a BRAND NEW COURSE that will be added to the Campus. Nobody has yet guessed what it will be. I am not telling you either. I am hoping it will be ready by the beginning of next week, unless i get some unexpected surprise in the building process. So, stay tuned to hear more about it.
23rd March 2012
Do you have photos of a trip you took and want some fun ways to indicate where you went? These custom license plates would be perfect for you. But wait, these are TOTALLY customizable so why limit yourself to only plates that look like… license plates? Add the name of your loved one, add a date, add a short phrase, you can even add designs and photos on the background, you can add stickers for dates or other details.
With only your Paintshop Pro, and no outside filter, you can get an embossed plate “number” (even if it is not a number), embossed text on top and the bottom of the “number” (or both), but you can also add some flat painted designs in different colors and in different location. Just about everything is customizable, and on separate layers so even after the end of the script, you can still personalize the plate.
As usual, there is a free giveaway in the Happy Place where you can add your name and tell me how you would customize your license plate. On Monday night i will draw a winner. If you already purchased the script, you can still enter the draw because if you win, then you get a coupon for a future new release. How can you loose?
Since those plates are all about customization, i struggled a little bit to bring you a FREE custom plate design that you could still use. Of course, if i was to add the name of my husband, i doubt you would find many uses for it, so i though of something a little more generic so that you can use it as is, or almost as is. This plate has some white areas so you can add some flat text to it if you want. That is where you can add the name of your spouse, or your kid or parent, or dating partner. Or you can add the date of your wedding, the birthdate of your child, etc. Yeah, there are so many options! How will YOU customize this plate? Show me and i can make a whole display of custom plates. Simply click on the freebie preview to start the direct download.
Do you have a wishlist in the store? You might want to seriously consider setting one up because April is coming soon. What about April? That is my birth month and if you were around last year, you will remember there was a BIG promotion going on in April and many of you managed GREAT deals. This year will be pretty much the same so get ready!
Are you afraid of scripts?
Are you curious about scripts?
Are you wondering what scripts can do for you?
Corel has a series of Shop Classes (online workshops) on various topics and on April 2nd, the workshop is called “Introductions to scripts in Paintshop Pro” and i am totally excited to be the presenter (they even call me an EXPERT!) There will be people attending not only from the scrapbooking world, but also graphic and photography communities. We are expecting way over 100 attendees! It is in the evening so it might be a bit hard for our European friends, but don’t worry, the workshop will be recorded and uploaded to the Corel youtube channel probably the next day. Even if you dont think you can attend, just register so you can ask questions on the registration form. We will try to answer the questions from the forms so even if you are not there to hear the answer live, you will get it in the recording. If you do not type in your most pressing question, we might not answer it because maybe nobody else had the same question. That would be too bad, wouldn’t it be?
Just hit this button to register for that workshop, organised by the Corel Corporation. Remember… it is FREE
(i heard there should be a draw among the attendees… shhh!)
News from the Campus
Although you can join the Corel Shop Class on April 2nd, there is still our regular monthly workshop in the Campus. This month, it will be on April 1st (yes, you will be spoiled with TWO workshops in a row specially for Paintshop Pro users!) We will be looking at colorization which will be very useful for designers and scrappers too. This will allow you to increase considerably the ways you can use your current supplies. You will be able to reuse them without feeling like you are “just” copying and pasting them yet another time. The live workshop will allow you to ask questions directly and see them answered immediately. Join us and register now.
If you cannot attend, the workshop will be recorded and edited and likely reuploaded one week after the live presentation. A detailed handout will also be available for purchase.
In the mean time, the edited recording of the workshop on Vectors is still available for FREE to any registered member. When the Colorizing workshop is uploaded, the Vector one will no longer be free.
Element Creation Tutorial
Last week, our students were offered two fantastic tutorials instead of one. Look at these!
What will it be this week?
Did you notice our call last week? We are looking for a passionate scrapper who can write articles on the various elements used in scrapbooking and created in the Element Creation tutorials section. Are you that scrapper? Are you able to think of creative ways to use some ordinary elements? Just apply for this position. In exchange of your enthusiasm, you will get a FREE UNLIMITED membership to the Element Creation Tutorials section (for as long as you want to keep writing). If you are interested, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org The call is open for another week, until March 31st, so get your applications in.
New course coming soon
Keep an eye on the Campus as i am very excited to bring in a brand new course. This is a course that i was asked several time to give and i always declined, but this time, i am bringing in a real expert, and SHE will be the teacher, not me. I am not yet telling you as the classroom is not yet set up, but you might hear a few bangs, smell some fresh paint, and even see some dust. It will not be long.
18th March 2012
Are you a Passionate scrapper and a skilled writer?
I need you!
I am in need of one person to help write some convincing “articles” for the Scrapbook Campus. The purpose of the “articles” is to convince readers of the fantastic ways one can use various elements or techniques in a layout.
I am looking for someone who…
- is a scrapper (you probably all are scrappers, right?)
- is very enthusiastic about scrapping
- can communicate her passion in writing
- knows about scrapping creatively
- has a good handle on English
It would be an added asset if you…
- are a Paintshop Pro user (or interested in becoming one)
- are knowledgeable of SEO writing
The interested candidates will be asked to write 2-3 “articles” related to some specific elements that are part of the Element Creation Tutorial course in the Scrapbook Campus. The successful candidate will be chosen based on her overall writing skill and her passion for convincing a potential reader.
The person who will be chosen will then be given a FREE Unlimited membership to the Element Creation Tutorial course (worth over $100) for as long as she wants to keep writing those articles, which will then follow the release of new tutorials on a weekly basis.
Interested? Simply email me at email@example.com
The call will be open until March 31st.
16th March 2012
I don’t know about you, but i have thought of using file tabs in a layout only to find that the few tabs i had in my stash, didn’t really fit my project. If you ever experienced the same problem, you will now have the solution. This script offers you MANY possibilities to create your own tabs. Not only you can choose the color of the tabs, but you can choose the text and the font. Even better, the tabs will always be the right size. How can the script do that? It measures the size of each word you want to put and uses the size of the longest word and plan all the tabs around that size. You won’t see the script do it as it works in the blink of an eye but it does give you that perfect result every time.
You can create a blank tab of the size you want or a single tab with some text. But you can create several tabs either separately or on a single image. If you want them on a single image, you can have them all stuck on the same piece of paper or on separate papers. Talk about versatile! What can you use those for? Just about ANYTHING you want. You will fall in love with those and i am sure you will find many uses for them either in kits or in layouts.
I am sure you would love to win this script, right? Just hop over the Happy Place thread HERE and tell me ONE use you can think for those tabs. I will be drawing for a winner on Monday night.
As for a freebie, you can grab this sample here. I created a series of four tabs for you to add dates to your project 365 or any other layout. I initially had the word “December” in there so the tabs would be long enough for you to add a month name, and then i changed it to only “month”. This allowed all the tabs to be larger than if i had use the word “month” in the script itself. This set of tabs comes in PSD format, fully layered so you can use fewer than the four tabs available. You can also use the tabs without the paper base and apply them to your own papers or even directly onto a photo. Click on the preview to start the direct download.
News from the Campus
The March workshop video is accessible to view to any logged in member. Did you have a look? I got several comments from viewers saying that they finally felt more comfortable using vectors after this workshop. Isn’t that a good thing? Go watch the edited recording and you can even purchase the downloadable version so you can view and re-view and re-re-view it as often as you want, without the worry of having to be online! And the downloadable written document is a whopping 22 pages of instructions, tips and illustrations. That is a biggie! Check it out now.
Don’t be afraid of Vectors!
If you like workshops, you will be spoiled in April. I will be hosting one on April 1st called Color your world, on colorizing: we will look at colorizing elements for your layouts or your kits, but also adding colors to photos, so you will be able to use those tips for other purpose than scrapbooking. You can register right now for it. Just click this yellow button.
But that is not all. Corel also has some regular workshops they call Shop Classes for their various products, including Paintshop Pro. I was invited to present one such workshop on April 2nd (yes, just the day after the other workshop). The topic is: Introduction to scripts in PaintShop Pro. I know a lot of you have asked me questions about scripts, how to use them, what they can do and such. You’ll have a chance to hear answers to a lot of those questions during that one hour class. And it is FREE. I was told they might expect over 100 attendees AND there will be something drawn as a participation prize. Don’t wait and register NOW.
Do you have an older version of PSP and you are looking for the patches since you had to reinstall it to a newer computer? The Corel site does not carry the older PSP version patches, but you can find them all neatly stored in the Campus. Those patches are all free so you can download them as you need them. Check this PSP Patches section.
Last week, due to time limitations, no new tutorial was added to the Element section but i will catch up this week and upload TWO to make it up.
|Keep an eye on this blog or on our mailing list as i will be having a special call soon. Not a CT call, but something for the Campus itself. Maybe tomorrow, or Sunday. I am not telling anything more… yet! You’ll have to be patient.|
9th March 2012
Do you sometimes, want to have an abstract design based on a photo but you don’t want to just add a blur? This method of making an abstract pattern based on a photo is easy to do but tedious, and making something different every time is not always that obvious. Using your Paintshop Pro, this script will do that, in just a short time. Start with your photo, the script will grab some blurred sections, at random, and will layer them onto a new 3600 x 3600 pixels canvas, and rotate them at random, and move them also at random. You can choose how many pieces you want the script to add, and you can move them around before they are merged. And if you find that the pieces are not covering everywhere you want, the script can do another run of pieces cut, added, rotated, and moved. At the end, the script will grab a color from the original photo and add a base layer below all those merged pieces. Those two layers will be left unmerged so you can change the base color, adjust the opacity of the top color, play with the blend mode, etc. And then, you can do whatever you want with the two layers, before or after you merge them: add a texture, add an artistic effect, a reflection effect, run a filter on them, etc.
And if you want a free script, just check the Happy Place thread here, and add your name to it, after telling me what type of effect you can think of adding to this paper once done. I will pick a winner on Monday.
Do you want to see what this script can do? I am sure you do. You always like to get a free sample too, so i made those three papers from the exact papers displayed in the script preview. For one paper (the yellow one), i just added a Reflection Effect – Pattern. For the multicolored one, i applied the Topography effect and added a texture. For the pinkish one, i just reduced the opacity very low, changed the blend mode and added a texture.
Those papers are full size. What will you do with them?
Just click on the preview to start the direct download.
News from the Campus
Last week, we had our workshop on Playing with Vector. From the comments added to the surveys afterward, it seems that a lot of people will feel more comfortable to manipulate vectors and several found some great new uses for vectors. Did you ever want to write some text along the edge of an element in a photo, like a car, a mountain, an uneven building? You can do that now, with the use of vectors and you will see, it is pretty easy too!
The edited video should be up Sunday.
Our next workshop is already set for April 1st (no, it is not an April’s fool) and the topic will be Colorization. This will certainly be useful to designers who might want to use some CU products and make them really different to match their kits, or for scrappers who want to modify some of their stash elements to make a perfect layout. We will also look at colorizing in photos so you can make some fun effects.
Registration is already open so just click the button below to register.
Did you want to view the workshops we had before? Would you like to have them right on your computer to view any time you wish? Do you want to download the multiple pages of handouts so you can print them? Now you can. Check out your favorite workshop and purchase the set you need. No more waiting for streaming, or your internet connection: you can have them all on your computer.
Last week, the newest tutorial uploaded was the Bow tutorial. That was requested by Lisa in our forum and i finally recorded it. Can you believe that the video is 33 minutes long and i skipped 2 thirds of the process as it was 2 repeats of what was shown? Yes, making bows from another ribbon (digitally made or an extracted flat ribbon) is a tedious task but you can then have a perfect match with what you want to use it for. Check it out!
Although this might be the March break in some areas (it was for us here), the Campus is still open, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so see you in the Campus, and bring friends along!
2nd March 2012
Can anyone have too many ribbons and knots in their stash? Never! this script, although it is the 7th for knots, will give you still a different result from the other ones. This script lets you choose a ribbon from your current stash and tie it so you can get a perfectly matching knot and ribbon. How cool is that? Use any version of Paintshop Pro, 8 and up, and you can get this fun, simple and versatile knot out of your ribbon. Unlike other scripts, the ribbon is actually cut in sequential pieces so that if you have a gradient, or a directional design, it will really follow. If you have a translucent ribbon, you will actually “see” the whole path of the ribbon, even the part that goes behind the knot and is otherwise hidden. Even the fold of the pieces will be perfectly matching.
Also, the shading will give that realistic look to the ribbon. In the end, you will get separate pieces that are linked together. Use this feature to insert anything inside the knot. You can tie anything with them. And if you do not have a ribbon to use, the script can create one for you and you will have not only a knot but also a matching flat ribbon that you can use as is, or with another script. This is so neat!
As usual, i have a random draw for you to participate. Check out this thread and add your name while telling me what is the FIRST thing you could think of tying, in a scrapbook layout. I will be back on Monday to announce a winner (Mr Random will do the pick, as usual).
I want you to have a good close look at the knot that this script can produce. I created a basic ribbon, and ran the script on it. You get the flat ribbon AND the layered knot. I reduced it to only 2 layers instead of the usual 8 layers that the script will produce, but you can still insert a ring, a stick, or anything inside that knot. You can get this freebie and use it on your layouts. Simply click on the preview to start the direct download.
News from the Campus
Yet another reminder that the webinar on Playing with vectors will be held this coming Sunday, March 4th, at 5pm Eastern. You can still register and get reminders, one day and one hour before .
Remember to check YOUR time zone!
There will be a little special for the attendees. Come and join us.
Our Find a Friend promotion for February has ended, and our grand winner is…
Congratulation and i will be in touch soon. Thanks to those who participated.
Last week, we added another tutorial, as we do every week. It was one tutorial to make a digital feather.
I am telling you: some Campus members are doing work that looks much better than what i show in the tutorials! From the requests we got in the forum i am expecting that among the next tutorials to be released, we’ll have some bows and grungy textures. But you’ll have to stay tuned to know for sure!
See you around in the Campus