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26th April 2013
This week, i decided to offer something for our hybrid crafters friends. A while ago, i coded a script that would allow the user to create a custom size/shape gift card box and it was very popular for the holiday season when people often give away gift cards. That is when some users asked me to create other scripts to make hybrid projects. So here is one for you.
This script will NOT create the cards but will create the template for a card AND an envelope that you can then personalize. You choose the size and the flap design and the script will create what you need. Everything is left in separate layers so you can colorize or customize each section separately if you want, whether it is the flap for the envelope, or the front of the card only.
You can create tiny cards as small as 300 x 300 pixels (perfect for little notes, Advent calendars or other) or regular size ones up to 1800 x 1200 pixels. One neat feature of this script is that the maximum size template can still be printed on a regular home printer: no need for extra wide (and costly) printer or having to go to a print shop for it.
This script allows you to create a perfectly sized envelope if you crafted a custom card with your scrapbooking supplies or other. And of course, you can still add traditional 3d decorations to the printed card! Or you can just create blank templates and use them as base for your traditional card making.
Since this is really a TOOL script, you can use it to create CU products.
You can get this convenient script in my store: Creation Cassel
You can also win this script by adding your name and tell me for which occasion you are most likely to use this script in this thread in the DST forum. I will be back on Monday with the name of a winner.
It has one folding card and a matching envelope that are 1200 x 900 pixels. Not a big card, but just something you can give a friend, your mom, your colleague, etc.
I used a FREE kit called “Doux Bruisssements”. This is only one of a series of free kits that are offered on that blog. They have one every month. It is definitely worth checking out that French site!
Once you download the files, you can just add something on top of the card and print both the card and the envelope, cut them, fold them and add something inside the card for whoever you want to give the card to.
And voilà, you have a perfectly matching card and envelope.
To start the download, just click on the preview itself. No waiting. No registration.
April Birthday Promo
Did you remember to shop this month? Did you accumulate enough purchase to give you a nice coupon for May? You still have just a few days to reach whatever goal you set for yourself. This weekend, i should be sending you a note with how much you have accumulated so far for your May coupon so you might want to start another wishlist to use it!
News from the Campus
The BIG Show Off is also coming down to the last few days. Did you see all the projects members are showing off? Did you leave some comments for them? See what Nadine posted:
Isn’t that lovely?
The Extraction Master Classes bundle is still available for a few days, so you better hurry before it is removed. If you use the code EXTRACT5, you get an extra $5 off the already reduced price for the two classes.
(remember that any purchase in the Campus will also be added to what you might have spent in the store to increase your May coupon!)
If the Extraction Master Classes bundle offer expires on Monday, another deal will be offered but since the month of April is only a few days away, that deal will ONLY last for Monday and Tuesday. You don’t want to miss it so keep a very close eye on the Campus or even better, register in the Campus so you can get an email notification for it.
WARNING: it will ONLY BE FOR 48 HOURS!
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.
1st March 2013
Do you like a game of Scrabble®? This script will let you create letter tiles as if you were playing the game, but with more variety than what you would get by scanning and extracting the actual letter tiles.
You can create wooden tiles, in 5 different types of wood, but you can also use other support, whether it is a solid color, or a pattern.
The script is coded to offer you the option of creating the letter tiles with values based on the French, English, Spanish or German version of the Scrabble® game, since the values are slightly different from one version to the other.
You can also choose any font you want, and any color you want too. Unlike the traditional Scrabble® game, you can also have numbers, punctuation symbols or any other design by choosing the custom option. In that option, you can decide yourself the value of the tile. Of course, you can also create blank tiles if you want.
The script is coded in a way to generate slightly different background for every tile (except for the solid color ones), so it is more realistic. You can create one letter at the time, or type in a word, a phrase or the whole alphabet and the script will generate one tile per letter, including any blank for spaces.
You can grab this fun script in the store: Creation Cassel.
In addition, there is a thread in the Happy Place where you can tell me what language you would use to base the value of the tiles. And i will be back on Monday night with the name of a winner.
Of course, you can use those letter tiles to create a title on a layout, or maybe a wordart too, but for a sample, i created a frame for you. It is a PNG format so you don’t have to have PSP as a graphic program. It is about 2100 pixels high. Of course, you can always resize it down if needed. the shadows are already placed on the whole montage.
If you like this frame and want to use it, go for it. Click on the image to download it directly (no waiting, no hoops to jump through).
What will you do with this frame? Will you show us your masterpiece?
News from the Campus
Did you get a chance to view the video from the last presentation on Photo-graphics with PSP? It is available in the Campus for free for one more week. Check it out:
This Sunday we will have another FREE live presentation on Photo-graphics with PSP – Part 2. Did you register yet?
29th September 2012
Did you register to for the Advanced Shadowing with PSP presentation yet? It will be held next week. You dont want to miss that!
Date: October 7th
Time: 5pm Eastern time
While you are looking at the various Master Classes in the Campus, remember that the Basic Extraction video is still available for FREE in the Campus, but that is only for a limited time as it will no longer be free after the new video is uploaded.
Did you see the latest tutorials in the Campus?
These and many others are available if you register for the Element Creation tutorials. Are you interested in joining the Campus but are still hesitant? Stay tuned for a special offer in the next few days.
Finally, remember that the holiday season is coming (always faster than we want). Get yourself a custom calendar to print with our FREE Calendar Making Class. Are you new to digital scrapbooking? Or new to using Paintshop Pro? Or do you just want a cool present to offer to your friends or relatives? Check out the Calendar Making Class. Everything is free. FREE instructions. FREE supplies (but you have to pay to get it printed).
6th September 2012
Do you like glitters? Do you like all those “styles” available for Photoshop and wonder if you could ever find something like that for Paintshop Pro? Now you have your answer.
A while ago, i released a script that made a glitter tile, but i have to admit, it needed some upgrade: the tile was small, it used the seamless function in PSP which gave that diagonal fading effect. All in all, it was outdated. So i decided to create a totally new script to make seamless tiles (REALLY seamless, as there is no fading, no blending).
With more advanced coding, you even have options of colors and color combinations too. You can get a monochrome colored tile, which will varie between the chosen color and white. You can have a bicolored tile where you choose the two colors that the script will blend together, and finally, you can get a multicolored tile where you choose one color and the script will vary the hue to the point of creating many colors, all around that base one you picked.
As if getting a seamless tile is not enough, you also get the brush presets to create the matching glitters, in a scattered format. Use it to draw lines, doodles, frames, edges, fill in shapes, etc. You get one preset for each type of glitters.
You can grab this product in my store : Creation Cassel
Do you want to win this set? You can just add your name to the Happy Place thread HERE and tell me if you would more likely use the script to create seamless tiles, or the presets to create scattered glitters. And on Monday night, i will draw for a winner who will get this amazing set.
Do you want to see these glitters up close? I created 3 seamless tiles using basic colors and also some elements made out of scattered glitters with the brush presets. They are Christmas-y colors, and of course, the tree might be pretty seasonal but the heart and the star can be used as frames if you want to place them on, or around a photo, or even some journaling.
Just click on the preview to start the direct download.
What will you do with those? Show us and we might post it in here or in the newsletter.
News from the Campus
The recording for last week’s presentation on basic extraction techniques should be available later today. Those who purchased the Master Class should get the whole package ready today or tomorrow at the latest. Did you see what we did in that presentation?
Check out the Campus, later today, to view everything.
Did you start the Calendar Making Class yet? We have had many new members in the Campus who registered for that class. After all, it is free, so why not start on your Christmas presents?
23rd August 2012
Have you ever seen some original kinds of labels? Although you would usually expect washing instructions, you can also get company logos on them. You can also buy, custom labels to put on kids clothes with their name (I used that when my three kids were in daycare) or some special labels to place on sewing projects that were handmade that read “Made by Mom”.
These kinds of custom labels can also be used in digital scrapbooking with just about any design, shape or text you want. How about using these to create a date element? Or a special phrase? or a name? or even a particular event with a symbol for it? Just about anything is possible with this script.
The way the script is coded, you just have to start with a design of any kind, of any size. From that, the script will measure a proportionally sized “excess” of fabric for the stitching, depending on the type of stitching you want and will prompt you for various custom details, like the color of the fabric, the color of the thread, the straight/zigzag stitching, and if you want to add a 3D effect with either bevel or lifting of the label. And if you want to add a shadow, it will be left on its own layer so you can tweak it more if you want.
You can get this very creative script in my store: Creation Cassel.
And as usual, there is a thread in the Happy Place of DST forum where you can add your name for a chance to win. But even better, suggest something you would like to see on a clothes label, and after the draw (Monday night), i will create a set of labels with all the suggestions given, and everyone who posted will get the set, even if you don’t use PSP. What are you waiting for?
I created 3 labels with this script (2 of them have different spelling for our Mom/Mum). They are in PSD layered format so you can still tweak them. The shadow is separate and so is the stitching (although the shadow of the stitching is attached).
Where will you use those label?
To download, just click on the preview to start the direct download. No waiting.
And if you like this why not tell your friends on Facebook and on Twitter. Send them over so they can also download them.
News from the Campus
This is the last week to register for our next workshop on Basic Extraction techniques. Did you sign up? the workshop will be held on September 2nd, at 5pm Eastern.
Last week, the Realistic Shadows in Digital Scrapbooking Master Class was offered at a really great deal through Digigrab. But that deal ended Thursday and i got emails asking me if i could extend the deal. Unfortunately, that deal was outside of the Campus site so it could not be extended just with the snap of a finger. BUT, i managed to make it available directly ON THE CAMPUS SITE until August 31st. To take advantage of the 60% off deal and get this master class for only $8, you need to use this code:
Do you like the idea of creating a “scrapbooking” present for Christmas for relatives? Do you like the idea of a totally FREE digiscrap project? Do you want to get started in digital scrapbooking but you feel you need very basic and step by step instructions? If you answered “yes” to even ONE of those questions, stay tuned as there will be a great new offer in the Campus. But best of all, it will be available to all current and future members. Even better than that, it will be FREE. How can you beat that?
Here is just a little sneak peak of what it will be. Although it might give you a general idea, you don’t know how BIG it is!
If you have not yet joined the Campus, just register. It is free too! And bring in your friends too!
10th August 2012
Last week, I brought you a script to create a square or rectangular frame around a photo, an element, or on its own. However, i thought it would be great to have some round (or oval) ones, so you could simulate postmarks but create your own. Of course, this required some shaping of the text in the area since it was no longer a simple rectangular area. This is done with the Warp Mesh.
Although this script will work with a photo, I find that you might be loosing a bit more of the photo with a round frame, so if you use that option, just be careful what photo you are using.
Unlike the previous script, this time, you are able to choose whether you want to have 25%, 40% or 50% of the space filled with the material you choose. This allows you even more flexibility and creativity.
Use this script on any size image so you can create a journaling area, or make it small to create a date stamp. Add your own word, date, name, to the frame to make something truly unique.
And as a bonus, you can still use the Warp Mesh on your own, maybe to add another shaped word on the “open” side? Why not. The Warp Mesh is included in the zip file and you can surely reuse it.
You can grab this script in my store: Creation Cassel.
And as usual, i have a giveaway for you. Just go add your name to this thread in the forum, and i will pick a winner on Monday night. It is that easy.
If you want to have a closer look at these frames, i created a set of round ones with the days of the week. They are 800×800 pixels in greyscale png format. This allows you to resize them if you want, and colorize them to match whatever project you are making.
Simply click on the preview to start the direct download.
News from the Campus
Last week was our workshop on Masks. This surely was a topic a lot of people wanted to learn more about because we had the largest attendance EVER! The recording should be available this weekend, probably Sunday.
Our next workshop, scheduled on September 2nd, will be on Basic Extraction Techniques. Do you want to join?
3rd August 2012
A while ago, i released a script that made an inside frame, with text. It was a delicate result, using the Word Frame script. However, at times, one might want something a bit more obvious or something that can be turned into a wordart. This script will do just that.
You can start with a photo from your P365 stash, and add a border OUTSIDE the photo. You can add the word WEEK in plain view and add the number in a contrasting color and font. Depending on whether your photo format is portrait or landscape, you can choose to have the word on top or on the bottom, or on one side.
You can choose any word you want. However, be careful as longer words will be made to fit in the space so if you are trying to write BEAUTIFULLY in a small space, the text will be kind of squished!
The font will be whatever you choose and unlike many other scripts, you will NOT have to type the name and risk a typo; the script will stop and let you choose the font from the text tool toolbar so you will have no problem with typing.
Once the word and the font are chosen, you will get four options to display that word: colored, outlined, cutout, or translucent. Except for the cutout (obviously), the word is on a separate layer so you can still apply your own personal touch.
What can you do with this script? Whatever you want. With all the options available, you are sure to get a frame that will be perfectly matching your layout or your kit.
You can find this script in my store: Creation Cassel.
And as usual, i am giving you the chance to win this script by posting in this thread. And as usual, if you choose to purchase the script this weekend to take advantage of the new release price, you can still participate: if you win, you will get a coupon for a future new release of your choice! So go for it. What do you have to loose?
This week, i created four frames for you. Two in French and two in English. They would be perfect for a P365, or any “ordinary” photo (is any photo really ordinary?). You can add a date or a number in another font. Each frame is in greyscale so you can colorize them to match your project. Two frames are in PNG format, as they have only one layer, but two are in PSD format so you can actually move the words if you want, add a shadow, some brushwork, and also colorize them too.
Just click on the image to start the direct download.
News from the Campus
Our July Anniversary Celebration ended, well… on July 31st! But although the big noisy promotions are over, some quiet ones will still take place. For example, you can still get some of our monograms, if you are receiving our newsletter. You are not getting it? No problem, it is free to join, and as a member, you can get some goodies, once in a while and this week, another part of the monogram alphabet will be given.
And this Sunday, August 5th, we will have our monthly workshop, this time, on Masks. Are you registered yet? That is free too! You still have time to join. And don’t hesitate to post on your FB or tweet about it. Any PSP user can find some use in masks, whether they are scrapbookers, card makers or even photographers! How many people can you bring?
Finally, whether you are a member of the Campus or not, i posted a little survey about scrapbooking (and it is not specific to PSP). Can you go an have a peak at it? It only has 5 questions so it will only take you one minute or so. Click HERE to go.
19th July 2012
A while ago, i saw some of those old fashioned curtains made of glass beads. I thought i could make a script to create those but i ran into various problems with it and decided to put it on the back burner for a while. Last week, Connie posted on our Facebook page the suggestion to create this exact same element, so i brought it back to the front burner and kept working at it. It must have worked because i figured out how to get all i wanted into it.
This is how this Bead curtain script for Paintshop Pro was born. This script will allow you to use ANY picture tube and make vertical lines of it. Obviously, the most comment tubes you will be using are going to be beads, right? Well, probably, but you can also use chains, drops, flowers, gems, and more. For a fun Halloween curtain, you can even use strings of bugs! I am sure it would make a fantastic background for some Halloween theme layouts!
The script offers many options. The length of the strings and the width of the “curtain” will be determined by the size of your image, so you can work directly onto your current project, or make a smaller one on the side. You can have all the strings of the same length, or in random length, or even in a triangular pattern (check the sampler, below). You determine how many strings you want, how spaced the elements will be, and you can also have individual elements all of the same size or randomly sized. You can use directional tubes (like chains and ropes), but also tubes that need to be used in sequence (like always 5 small ones and 1 big one), or totally randomly.
You can grab this script in my store at Creation Cassel.
You can also add your name to this thread for a chance to win it, as usual. So what are you waiting for?
I am sure you will LOVE this free sample i made for you. I used one of my bead tubes and ran it on a 600×2000 pixels image asking for a triangular shape bottom. Then, i used that tile to flood fill a 3600×2000 image to get that chevron effect at the bottom. Isn’t that lovely? You can use it as a background for something fancy, or formal, or maybe a wedding page, or Christmas layout. What will you use it for? This is a png format, so anyone can use it.
The beads are slightly uneven to give it more depth and life.
Simply click on the image to start the direct download. >>>>>>>>>
>>> New in the store
As you know, i specialize in Paintshop Pro scripts. However, i regularly get requests from Adobe users asking if i could convert my scripts so they could use them in Photoshop or Photoshop Element. Well, i decided to take the plunge and get a few chosen scripts to be made into actions (or scripts) so that more people could enjoy creating custom elements for their kits, layouts or other projects.
Today, i am making this action available to you. It is a first. I do not have a set schedule of how often Adobe-compatible products will be released in the store. When it happens, i will tell you in here, and in my newsletter.
This action will let you create a custom license plate that you can match to any kit, layout, theme that you want. Aren’t the samples in the preview lovely? Thanks to Michelle and Jenn for those! If you want to get this action, simply head over to my store HERE to buy it. Just like my regular PSP products, it is on sale for 25% off over the weekend, so hurry!
News from the Campus
This weekend, we will also have a fun brand new activity. I am all excited about it and the more people join, the more fun it will be, and the more everyone will bring home afterward.
Because of the annoying “time zones issues”, there are 2 meetings planned, so it is more than likely that one of them will be accessible for you, in YOUR time zone.
Those meetings are called VIDEO SPEED SCRAP. It is probably not the best name for it, and it is surely going to change, but i didn’t find anything better for now. It will be a VIDEO meeting. Nothing to do with a webcam, so don’t worry about your hairdo or makeup. You can come in your pyjama if you want, nobody will see. The VIDEO part is about sharing your screen. As we meet and work (yes, YOU will work too), we will share screen of what everyone is doing. Sharing screen is NOT mandatory, if you prefer not to, but it will be available to all.
The VIDEO SPEED SCRAPS will take place on Sunday, July 22nd. (and they are NOT software specific so everyone can join in)
- The first one is on ALPHA. We will be making MONOGRAMS based on one single kit that you will get to download just before the meeting. Everyone will work on different monograms, but using the same palette, the same theme and maybe the same base material, but i can promise you that everyone will be doing something VERY different! The meeting for the ALPHA will be at 10 am Eastern time zone. Register here.
- The second one will be on TEMPLATES. We will all create a different template based on some identical elements, and some specific instructions. At the end, everyone will be able to get a set of templates from what each participant created. As you see, the more people who join, the more templates we’ll get. It is a bit like a template exchange, but with a twist. And again, we will allow everyone to share their screen during the meeting. This meeting will be held at 9 pm Eastern time zone. Register here.
Finally, as the month of July nears the end, our Anniversary celebration also will be closing soon. As a last offer to you, both the Basic Scrap course and the Element Creation tutorials course are currently on sale. This is a great offer, and it will last until July 31st. Check them out.
See you in the Campus!
6th July 2012
There is always a way to use a leather tag, whether it is attached to a key chain, as a label on a jeans pocket or a travel tag on a luggage. This script will let you create your own custom tags, of any shape, with any kind of imprint on it.
Write a name, a date, a place, an event. Make it into a frame. Attach it to a chain, a string or a ribbon. Make an alpha if you want.
The leather texture is not the same for every run of the script since there is a little random feature included in the code so even if you run the script twice on the same shape, using the same colors, you will not get exactly identical tags.
The possibilities are endless.
You can grab this script in my store at Creation Cassel.
As usual, there is a thread in the DST forum where you can add your name and be entered into a draw to win this script. Go check it out HERE and remember that if you want to take advantage of the weekend sale price ($4.50 until Sunday night), and you win the draw, then, you can win a coupon for a future release. So don’t delay.
I am sure you want to have a look at these tags, before purchasing them, right? Of course. So i created a few free samples for you. You get 3 instead of 2 because i know that our UK friends are using a different spelling than the commonly seen “Mom”, so to give them an opportunity to use this freebie, i made one with “Mum” too.
This is a direct download so you can just click on the preview to start the download. No wait.
If you use this freebie in a layout, i would LOVE to see it, so don’t be shy. Show off your masterpiece!
News from the Campus
1st prize: Eileen Deliot – the complete set of Workshops
2nd prize: Bernice Byrd – a copy of PSPX4 Ultimate
3rd prize: Joanne Bockelkamp – one course of her choice in the Campus
4th prize: Yobeth – $25 gift certificate from Persnickety Print
Congratulations to the winners!
Did you think that the celebrations are done? No way. We also have also an Anniversary Workshop Bundle for you. This is perfect for you to learn a lot of tricks you can do with your photos, your scrapbook layouts, your card making projects. You might even find out some things you never knew Paintshop Pro could do!
- What is the Brush variances palette about and how can it make your life easier when using Brushes?
- how can you create your own seamless designs for scrapbook papers, cards, or even website background?
- What the big deal is about Picture tubes?
- How can you tame those wild Vectors?
- Can you change your wardrobe without a shopping trip? Sure! With the colorization tricks!
And much more! Check out the Anniversary Workshop Bundle and see how you can save almost 60% of the price AND you also get the convenience of a downloadable version if you want AND the detailed handouts you can print or read on your computer.
But you better hurry because the offer is only valid until July 10th!
And finally, it is time to register to our July Workshop on Customizing your PSP. It will take place this Sunday, July 8th, at 5pm Eastern time (GMT-5)Newer Posts »