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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.
30th November 2012
Your program probably has some kind of vector flower shapes. How many? It depends on your program. But with this new font (yes, it is a FONT), you can create so many more designs.
This font includes 50 different petal shapes: some are similar but in different width so they make a great match to use in combination. Since they are fonts, you can use them around a vector circle as they will go just like a “text on path”.
Use any size you want since they are vector and they wont pixelate; you will always have smooth edges no matter how big you create the flowers.
But flowers are not the only thing you can use these for: create frames and borders. Repeat the same shape or alternate two or more. Choose any color or gradient or pattern, or “clip” a paper on them for a really matching element to your project.
That is not all. Do you own a cutting machine? you can create some gorgeous quilled flowers using a straight line of petals, cut them with the machine and then tightly roll them. Look at the fantastic result Connie got with this:
In fact, it was Connie who gave me the idea of this petal font. She initially used the Lace Edge font to create some quilled flowers. The number of designs was much more limited for this purpose so when she sent me the first sample, she said “it would be nice if you had other shapes”. And here we are now with a full set of 50 different petal shapes. Of course, not all the shapes are suitable for quilling, but they can be used to create vector flowers.
And But this is not all: since this is a FONT, it is not program specific. This means that, unlike most products in my store, you don’t have to have Paintshop Pro to use this font. You can use just about any graphic program including Photoshop and Photoshop Element. I didn’t try other programs, but i assume they would also work fine.
You can grab this FONT in my store: Creation Cassel.
And as usual, i have a random draw where you can win this product. Head over to this thread in the DST forum, and tell me what program you are using (since this font works in most of them). I will be back on Monday with the name of a winner.
As a way for you to see this font “at work”, i created three layered flowers using it. They are PSD files so you can use them in PSP or PS or PSE.
For the white petals, i used the letter “d”. For the purple petals, i used the letters “u” and “v” on different layers. And for the yellow petals, i used alternatively the “U” and “W”. You can surely create many many more designs.
Simply click on the preview to start the direct download.
Remember to show us what you do with them.
1st June 2012
Who is the handiest person in the family? Do you have carpentry projects you want to create layouts about? Or maybe you want to attach two frames together? Now you can do just that with this FONT. Yes, it is a font and not just vector shapes. Why? Because fonts are not program specific so any program able to handle outside fonts can use these. Also, if you use the same font size, you can combine them to create asymmetrical hinges, and they will match perfectly. Another BIG advantage of fonts is that you can use them as large as your program can handle without any loss of quality. Add the color, texture, finish of your choice to match your kit, photo or layout.
With a little tweaking, you can also add that 3D effect that is typical of the central part of the hinge, where you add a “pin” to attach both sides.
You can grab this FONT in my store: Creation Cassel.
And if you want a chance to win it, head over to the Happy Place in this thread, and add your name to it, telling me what you could use hinges for, in a kit or a layout. I will be back on Monday with the name of a winner. Remember that this font can be used by just about any graphic program, and if you purchase it while it is on sale this weekend, you can still participate in the draw: if you win, you would get a coupon for a future new release.
I am sure you would want to check it and play with one of those hinges so i made one just for you. It is a PNG format so you can use it in any program and it is pretty large. This should allow you to size it down to what you need. What will you do with it? Show us! Click on the preview to start the direct download.
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Did you register for our workshop on Picture tubes tomorrow? It is still time to do so. We’ll see what they are, how to use them and how to create them yourself.
25th May 2012
I always welcome suggestions for new products for digital scrappers (and other crafters alike). A few weeks ago, someone asked me if i could create a script to create some “standard” banners, a script that would allow her to have her choice of paper, and get each banner perfectly angled to match the string. I thought about it, starting planning all kinds of complex ways to calculate the perfect angle for a string (that would be provided by the user). It started spinning in my head and i didn’t think i could pull that one off within a reasonable timeframe. I decided to put that idea on the back burner until i either had a better idea, or a Eureka moment.
I am not sure what made it click i my mind that basically, what i wanted was a way to follow a path. Yes, a PATH. And what can follow a path? Text! That is when i remembered that i had done special fonts before, for stitching, edges, even ripped paper! From that point on, it was pretty straightforward. I just had to create different shapes and sizes (or length) for flags and make them into a font! And voilà! You now have the perfect way to create your own custom banner set from any color, paper, pattern. You can use only one design and repeat it, or combine two or three or more for an interesting combination. You have 50 shapes to play with. You can add letters to them, or designs, or just leave them as is. These banners can be created in most program that can use outside fonts, and if your program does text on path, you can do banner on string!
Another detail to remember about this font: it generates a VECTOR layer which means you can size the banners as big as you want, even if you want to use them in paper crafting!
You can grab this FONT in my store: Creation Cassel
Did you see the thread in the Happy Place where someone will get this font for free? Check it out HERE, and add your name to the thread. You might be the winner when i come back on Monday night.
I created a freebie for you this week using this font. I made it into a layered template so you could use any color or pattern you want, or even use a paper you like (or more than one!). You can use the banner shape with or without the outline, or you can play with the opacity of the banner while using an opaque outline. That would be a fun idea too! If you want to make them slightly uneven, as if the wind was at work, you might want to use a warp brush tool to “move” them a little!
Simply click on the preview to start the direct download.
And remember to show me what you do with it!
And do not forget to check out Facebook page where you can submit the name of one of my products that might go on sale for 24 hours during the next week. Some of you have been able to take advantage of those specials, so keep an eye on the prompt on Sunday. Watch for a post entitled “CHOOSE YOUR SALE”
Click here to go LIKE that page!
20th August 2011
This week, i am bringing you a different kind of product. Instead of a script, like i usually do, i created a font. This font includes 26 different X-stitches that are uneven. If you wanted even X-stitching, you probably could use the letter X multiple times, but here, these stitching could be associated with messy work, beginner’s work, etc. To use it, simply randomly type letters (a to z) and you will get different stitches.
Does your program allow text on path? If so, you can also do “stitch on path” in the exact same way since, as you remember, these are fonts, so they will behave like text. And you can treat them like fonts too, by changing the color, the size, the kerning, etc. Since this is a font, it also means it is a vector, so you can enlarge it if you want, without loosing the quality.
Use those stitches to hold photos, ribbons, etc. or you can “write” with them (remember you can draw a vector path and add the stitches along that path). What else can you think? And most important: since it is a FONT, it will work with ANY graphic program that can use fonts, so whether you are using Paintshop Pro, Photoshop, Photoshop Element, Gimp, or any other, this font would work.
You can grab this font in my store exclusively: CreationCassel.
And you have a chance to win this font, by adding your name to the RAK thread i put in the Happy Place. Simply tell me what program you are using and i will be back Monday with a winner.
For a free sample, i thought of the back to school, and decided to make something kind of fun with these stitched ruled paper digits. The stitching is made from primary colors so hopefully, it will match some back to school or kids theme layout. The lifted paper is accented with the included shadows.
To download yhis freebie, simply click on the preview as it is a direct download.
If you like stitching, did you know that i have several other stitching FONTS? Check them out:
And remember that all these fonts are NOT software specific. If your software can use fonts, it can use those!
Unlike the usual commercial pitch in this blog, today, i would also like to tell you about a FANTASTIC customer service i experienced yesterday. A couple of years ago, i purchased Acronis True Image Home, a backup software. I set it up to create my regular full backups, on weekly basis and a daily incremental backup. A few months ago, i get an error message saying that there was not enough room for the backup and when i checked, sure enough my EHD (which is exclusively dedicated to backups) was just about full. Of course, i needed to make some room so i deleted the older backups and only kept those from the previous month or so. I thought it was a smart move. I found out yesterday that it was not!
In the past few months, i would often get up in the morning (the backup was scheduled overnight) and when i checked my computer, i would regularly have an error message from Acronis saying the backup failed, and i had to do something within the next 10 minutes or the backup would stop for the day. When trying to do what it was asking me to do, it would freeze my program. Upon checking, i still had SOME backups so i was in no hurry to fix that problem.
This week, i am on holidays, so i am home and thought it would be a good time to address this. I checked the Acronis site for support and found chat support. Some of you might know, i LOVE chat support. It is faster than emailing back and forth for a week or so! I get this agent named Jijo and after asking me a few questions to check on the Acronis software, i could only say that it would give me a popup window that i could not close. So he asked me permission for a remote session where he would work on my computer while i would be able to watch everything (that is so cool to see!). He tried the same thing he had asked me to do and sure enough, the program would behave exactly the same way. After a lot of other trials, he found out i had deleted one key backup in the backup chain (meaning, the incremental backups have to rely on a “base” full backup and that one was gone) and that the only way to get Acronis to work again, was to uninstall it and reinstall it. No other option so i said ok. He proceeded to uninstall and it was taking a long time “thinking”. I could see he was trying to click on something but it was not working so i took control and clicked the same thing, and sure enough, it was frozen. Everything was frozen, and the chat window could not even be brought up either so he could not tell me what to do. I had to turn the computer off “cold turkey” and restart it. Of course, i had lost that chat support conversation by that time.
Just within minutes, the phone rang. Yes, it was Jijo calling back, apologizing for the problem (which was NOT his fault at all if my computer froze!) and asked me to log back in the chat support and ask for him. So, a few minutes later, Jijo was there again, helping me. Once uninstalled, he redownloaded a fresh version of Acronis 2011 (i had a full 2010 version and a 2011 upgrade), installed it and registered it. That took quite a while. Then, he proceeded to reset the backup tasks as i wanted them (schedule and location), and set a few more things for optimal use.
All in all, this might sound like normal customer service, right? Probably so, except for one thing: this whole “session” (which included a few re-logging in when the un-installation and re-installation prompted me to reboot) took a whole FOUR HOURS!!!! That is service at its best! I just hope he didn’t start the session only 10 minutes before the end of his working day!!! Although i had an affiliate link for Acronis before, and i LOVED their software, well, i now love the customer service even more!!!!! So if you are still looking for a backup software, why not give this one a try? You can try it for 30 days. Don’t just take my word for it, check it out yourself.
30th June 2011
If you like the result of stacked papers and clustered elements but do not like the time involved in the copying, pasting, resizing, rotating, moving, in addition to the opening and closing of the files, you will LOVE this script. Created for Paintshop Pro scrappers and designers, you can use this script to save you a lot of time. The script is coded to go grab the papers directly into the folder you will indicate; no need to open all those papers and slow down your program. You choose the different options (how many papers you want, how much rotation you want, where you want the stack to be visibly overlapping, etc.) And the script goes with that. If you are not happy, the script will redo it, as often as you want. With a random command integrated in the script, you will never get the same result twice, even if you run it 50 times. Then, if you want to add elements to create a cluster, you just have to open the individual files, tell the script how many copies of each you want and where you want them, and the rest is like watching a movie: sit and enjoy. The script will NOT replace your creativity as it will only do the tedious part, the “technical” repetitive part, but it will NOT know how to place the papers and elements harmoniously. That is YOUR task as a designer or a scrapper. YOU have the final word. You can delete some of the elements, move them, resize them again, add other elements, etc. But it will take you much less time than doing it all manually, i promise!
And if you want a chance to win it, go add your name to the Happy Place thread at DST here. I will announce a winner on Monday night.
Bernadette Hunt tried this script and here is what she did with it:
She said it took her a whole 17 minutes to do them instead of an hour or more to get all those papers and elements ready into the layouts. Talk about a time saver!
And now, as usual, you want to see my products in action. Since this week’s script is a tool and i cannot really give you a sample, i thought you might want to play with some frames. This is a layered frame (because it includes 4 individual layers) in PSD format. You can use each frame separately, or in combination. They were made using the Decorative Stitches FONT. Yes, they are made using a FONT, not a brush (although i have them in brush format). This font (and all the others in my store) can be used with most graphic programs, as long as they can use outside fonts. And if your program can do text along a path, it can do stitching along a path too. Isn’t that great? Anyhow, start playing with this frame and since it is in greyscale, you can color it as you wish. Simply click the image to start the download.
16th July 2010
Now, you can create some delicate edges on any element you want with this Lace Edge Font. Yes, it is a FONT, so it means that you can use it even if you are not a PSP user. As long as your program can support outside fonts, you can use this one. Being a font, it is a vector, meaning that you can create a border in any size you want, without distortion. Choose the color, the length, follow a path if your program can do that. Use as the edge of a frame, border some ribbons, make it as stitching, the possibilities are endless.
14th May 2010
Yes, another font. This one was actually requested by a customer who wanted to create cards. I hope this will suit her needs … and yours too. You know the advantages of fonts? they can be used in most graphic programs. More than that, if your program can create text on path, you can have really interesting shapes of lace. And yet, another BIG advantage: those are created as vector so you can enlarge them as you wish without loosing any detail, unlike most png laces you can find around. This font includes a total of 25 basic lace patterns, and 10 filler shapes so you can alternate like the grey sample on the preview.
Here is where you can have a chance to win this font; add your name to the thread AND, give me an idea of what could be done with such a font.
And if you want to see some uses of this font, check this sampler. It includes a 3600 x 3600 overlay, one layered envelope and a matching note, all using this Lace Edge #2 font.
So, what would you do with this font?
9th May 2010
This set of two papers are yours to enjoy. The ripped edges were created using the Ripped Edge font. Simply click on the preview to start the download.
If you use this paper, show me what you do. I would love to display your layout on my blog.
7th May 2010
Create a ripped edge effortlessly. Just type all kinds of jumbled letters and this font will make it into random rips. You get two sets of “rips”: one set of rips with round holes with the uppercases, and one set with square holes with the lowercases.
Type in the length you want, play with the kerning if you want the holes to be apart more, play with the font size if you want to simulate smaller or larger holes, then turn that length into a template to cut out the paper from any sheet. It would work on a curved edge too, although, it might not be too realistic since we don’t often see a spiral binding along a curved edge, but really, why not? it is your element, and your scrap page after all!
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