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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!
29th June 2012
Do you sometimes want to create a seamless background out of a smaller element? Do you find yourself unhappy with the Seamless Tiling available in your program? That command creates a seamless effect by fading in the designs, on the edges or the corners. Yes, it is seamless, but it does not look realistic at all. This script creates a seamless tiling the same way you would do if you did it manually: by overlapping the design, instead of fading it in.
You possibly found out about this technique if you watched or attended the workshop on Seamless Designs, but although you knew how to do it, you still found it was tedious, and required precise calculations to make the end result REALLY seamless. That is why Suzy asked me to convert that technique into a script that would do the exact same steps, faster and more precisely.
Do you want to see a close comparison between the seamless effect and the script? Check this out:
Seamless pattern made with the PSP effect Seamless pattern made with the script
Do you see those fading leaves on the left example? That is the way PSP creates the seamlessness while on the right example (done with the script), you really cannot see where the design starts or ends. Which one do you think would look better to create a background?
You can get this script in my store: Creation Cassel
You can also enter your name in the thread HERE for a chance to win this script. Don’t worry. If you bought the script to take advantage of the special weekend price, and you win the draw, you get a coupon for a future release. It has happened, and it gave a chance to someone to actually pick which new product they wanted! So hurry and post in this thread. I will be back on Monday with the name of a winner.
As a free sample, i chose to create three seamless tiles for you with the script. First, i used the Grass blades tube from PSP, and created a horizontal seamless tile. This would be great to add to any project with a nature or vacation theme. Second, i use a combination of spruce branches, bows and bells to make a vertical tile. You can use this tile to embellish some stationary or cards with a holiday theme (i know, it might be ahead of time, but you can start early). Then, i made a diagonally seamless tile with the fall leaves tubes from PSP too.
How will you use these samples? Show me!
Just click on the image to start the direct download.
News from the Campus
Almost $400 in prizes to be won in the Campus 1st anniversary promotion. You can enter just by posting in this thread HERE.
- no purchase necessary
- no registration necessary
- up to 4 entries per person
What are you waiting for?
The winners will be picked on July 4th, 2012.
>>>>>> Go Comment NOW <<<<<<
Our next workshop will be held on July 8th instead of July 1st, which would have been the regular first Sunday of the month. So it is giving you an extra week to register.
Customizing your PSP
- changing colors
- toolbars and menus
- saving all that work
Remember, it is FREE to join and attend.
22nd June 2012
A couple of weeks ago, i released a script to create rock pebbles. During a recent shopping trip, i had noticed some colored glass pebbles and thought it would be great to simulate them digitally. And there it is.
This script will allow you to choose any base colors (from 1 to 6 colors), so you can have perfectly matching pebbles to use in a kit, on a layout or to around a particular photo. Choose a white or black background, or any other color. Even better, you can have translucent glass pebbles. How fun is that?
Each run of the script can generate up to 20 pebbles that will always be different since there is a random feature coded in several places in the script: so you get random shape, random color choice, random texture, even random brightness as the colors will be slightly modified, just to make everything perfectly… different!
What would you use these for? Just think of what you would use colored pebbles in real life. You can make a mosaic from them, you can scatter them around or make a border out of them, you can fill a glass jar, and more. If you are a PSP user, you can also combine them into a tube and “paint” with them.
This script is available in my store: Creation Cassel
And this week, although i have a regular RAK thread at DST, everyone will be a winner. Yes, you read correctly. EVERYONE who will post 2 colors they would like to see combined in glass pebbles, will get a set, even if they are not a PSP user (since they will be in PNG format). And of course, one winner will be drawn on Monday to win the script itself (among PSP users, or anyone willing to buy PSP). So check out the thread here, and add your color choices. Tell your friends about that draw since they will get something out of it anyways!!
This week, i created a set of glass pebbles for you based on red, white and blue colors. I know the 4th of July is coming soon, and we also have our French scrapper friends celebrating their national day on July 14th using the same colors. Canada Day is on July 1st, and it uses red and white (you can drop the blue ones). Of course, you dont have to use those colors only for national holidays: many other themes or events can use those pebbles for embellishments, even if it is only for a basic kids layout!
Just click on the preview to start the direct download.
Although it is NOT a requirement, how about you tweet about it or post on your Facebook wall? Maybe some of your distant digiscrapper friends would like to see those?
If you tweet about it, add the @creationcassel tag to it, and if you post on Facebook, remember to tag me too. I am curious to know how many of you will do it! Com’on, just do it!
News from the Campus
You better stay tuned because all the details of the big Anniversary promotion will be posted soon. Register to our mailing list if you want to get everything before i post it on this blog, or on Facebook. The Newsletter will have all the details FIRST.
It is coming! SOOOOOOOOOOON
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.|
24th February 2012
I noticed, in the digital scrapbooking forum, that member was looking for something that simulates those plastic pocket protectors and several designers replied with their own versions. Very interesting products, and varied, but as a script coder I was wondering how one could get a real custom sized pocket for their special element that might not be standard size.
Now, this script will let any Paintshop Pro user create single or multiple plastic pockets. Do you have a large or a tiny element to store? No problem. You can also make multiple pockets (up to 8 compartments), in vertical or horizontal strip. You can have the pockets open or closed, and with different types of cutout for the open pockets (you know, to help you get things in and out easier).
What would you put in those pockets? Just about anything you want. You can place photos, buttons, beads, chains, leaves, stickers, tickets, tags, even alphas to create a title! Yes, why not make a title with those multiple pockets? That is a cool idea!
You can get this script in my store: Creation Cassel.
As usual, you have a chance to win this script simply by participating in the RAK in the DST forum. Check out this thread and tell me what you can think of inserting into those pockets. I will come back on Monday with the name of a winner.
I know you would like to see one of those pockets on your layout and play with it. You are lucky because i created this multiple pocket for you. It consists of two separate layers, in PSD format, so anyone can use it, even if you don’t have Paintshop Pro. Click on the preview to start the download of your freebie. What will you do with it? Remember to show me!
You will get a set of 6 open pockets, with that typical cutout on the top layer allowing you to get your elements to slightly stick out. For best results if you want elements to stick out, I would strongly recommend you watch the video on Interlacing element in PSP (even if you are not using Paintshop Pro, I am sure you can do something similar with Photoshop).
News from the Campus
Our next webinar is scheduled for next week. Will you join? We will be tackling Vectors as they tend to scare a lot of people (i have to admit, i was intimidated by vectors myself at first). Do you have specific questions for us? Just email me your questions ahead so i can plan to address those during the webinar. This is what we plan to address (but your suggestions might be added to those points)
- basic vector shapes
- create your own vectors
- using vectors for other purposes
Are you having a hard time with the time zone issues? You are not alone, so here is a little list to help you:
Greenwich Mean Time: 10 PM (you cannot be in bed already!)
Atlantic time: 6 PM (this is where i am)
Eastern time: 5 PM
Pacific time: 2 PM
Eastern Daylight Time: 8 AM (for our Australian friends)
Click this button to register and be sent reminders by email
Last week, we added the Dymo tape tutorial for our Element Creation section.
Last weekend, i wanted to do more recording for the Element section but guess what? I got a little ill, and … i lost my voice! Yup, for 6 days, i either had a really bad voice, or no voice AT ALL! I should be able to record more tutorials this weekend to continue the series.
Last but not least, you only have a few days to refer friends to join the Campus (even for a free membership), and have a chance to win the access to one course of your choice in the Campus. Send your friends to THIS LINK so they can put your name as a referrer, and i will announce the winner in an email soon after the end of the month.
See you in the Campus!
20th January 2012
Do you sometimes wish you could have more beads to add to your projects? Maybe you have one or two but you want to have more and you cannot find any more? This script will let you create an infinity of beads based on anything you want. You can start the script with a photo, a paper, a texture, or simply a color palette (with up to 6 colors). The script will generate up to 25 different beads from that source. And yes, they will be different because of the random feature integrated in the script. The part of the image used will be different every time. You can also choose to have the definite pattern of a paper or a photo show on the bead, or have the colors more blended together for a softer look. And even if you run the script with the same source, and the same settings, you will never get the same result twice. Talk about having resources!
Once the beads are generated, you can delete those you dont want, save the ones you like (and if you have PSP9, you can even export them as a tube with the Auto-Tuber script that is included) so you can place them along a vector path or draw with them.
You can get this creative script in my store: Creation Cassel .
And why not try to win it. I have a draw in the Happy Place of the DST forum. Just check this thread and add your name to it. Everyone will get something, even if you are not a PSP user so do not hesitate.
How about a little Freebie now? I created these TWENTY beads for you. They are all in PNG format for all to use, but there is also a psptube file for Paintshop Pro users so they can “draw” with it. Simply click on the preview to start the download.
Each bead is 60 pixels wide and you can resize them down. With 20 different beads, it will surely look more “realistic” than the exact same bead repeated over and over again. Place them in the center for a flower, along the edge of a frame, in line to make some kind of “string”. What else could you do with that?
News from the Campus
The recording for the “Seamless Design in Paintshop Pro” webinar is now uploaded in the Campus. You can find it in the Webinars section. The written handout should be available soon.
Our next webinar will be held on Sunday February 5th, at 5pm Eastern time. We will look at using Layered templates with Paintshop Pro. Register below.
Since we have had several registrants in the past who got confused with the time of the presentation (due to the wide time zone differences), please check with this Time Zone Converter to figure out the time for YOUR zone. You can also follow the Campus on Twitter. I will make sure to tweet a countdown, like an hour before, 30 minutes before and so on. That way, it might help you pinpoint the actual time of the start of the presentation.
I know it is frustrating when one arrives one hour too late! We definitely don’t want you to miss it.
14th October 2011
In just a couple of clicks in your Paintshop Pro, you can add a colored and textured edge to ANY shape, of ANY size and you choose the color and the width of the border. Whether you want to add a colored edge to an alpha, a preset shape, or even a cut up photo, this script will make it a breeze.
The script will create TWO colored edge layers and leave them unmerged. Once the script is finished, you can merge the layers, or play with the opacity, the blend mode or simply separate them to use only the edges without the base shape. Perfect to add a little detail directly onto a photo, or on your background paper to include some journaling.
You can get this script in my store: CreationCassel
If you want a chance to win this script for free, just go add your name to this thread in the DST forum, and tell me what you can think you could use this script for. I will be back on Monday night to announce a winner.
I know, you also want to have a peek at the result of this script by downloading a free sample, right? Well, I cannot disappoint you, can I? So here is your sampler. It is a set of digits in greyscale, layered in PSD format. You can easily recolor each layer separately, merge them or use them separately too. This set is CU.
Just click on the preview to start the direct download.
News from the Campus
The PSPX4 special is still in effect, but hurry as it is only until Sunday, Oct 16th! Get PSPX4 FULL version, downloadable or boxed for $39.99. This is a HUGE deal as it is 50% of the regular price. Hurry and grab it while you can.
(although i am an affiliate for Corel, this special is NOT through my affiliate link)
Did you have a look at the Webinar on Shadows? It is available for viewing for free. We showed tips for flat shadows, lifted shadows, cluster shadows and fantasy shadows. See what Carolyn said about the Webinar on shadows:
Thanks so much for posting your webinar on shadows in PSP. I learned a whole lot! I know that this will help my layouts as well as the presentation of my kits. Thanks!
I look forward to future webinars Unfortunately, I won’t be able to join them live if they are held on Sundays. However, I can still learn from them by viewing them online. Thanks again for these great resources!!
Carolyn S. Ritter
So what are you waiting for? There are 2 webinars available already. They are FREE. Check Webinar on Shadows And while you are there, you might as well register for NEXT Webinar. It will be on changing photos from day to evening/night and from summer to autumn/winter. Just like magic! And you can use ANY version of PSP.
Finally, The Basic Scrap Course with PSP is still on special and registration at the special price, with the special bonuses will only be until Sunday, October 16th. The registration will give you access to 12 units, 36 lessons, 45 video tutorials, with matching handouts you can download. And all that for unlimited access. Your registration will not run out after 6 months. It will not run out after you view all the videos. You can keep referring to them forever, with NO additional fee. Registration this weekend will give you a coupon for $5 from Mariscrap, 26 layered templates, 50 sketches, and a chance to win a copy of the DVD Slideshow Builder Pro to create fantastic slideshows with your photos or layouts. Perfect to prepare Holiday presents ahead of time!
13th May 2011
Do you sometimes wish you could tie your digital ribbon? Do you like to have ribbons wrapped around an element but would like to use your own ribbon and not one already made? This will be the perfect script for you. If you can use Paintshop Pro, you can get great knots using any ribbon you already have. Start with a ribbon that is 2000×150 pixels and you end up with a tied ribbon. The script can create a ribbon for you if you dont have one already made. You can use any kind of ribbon: opaque, translucent, eyelets, even ribbons with a directional design. If you want to have some fancy details on the ends, like beads or serrated edges, the script can keep them intact for you, or can trim the ends like a traditional knot. The end result will be left unmerged so you can insert decorative elements in the middle if you want. Of course, you can merge them all if you prefer.
You can go add your name to the RAK thread in the DST forum here, if you want a chance to win this fantastic script.
I am sure you would love to see the result of this script up close. I created this set for you. I used the Eyelet script to create a ribbon, and then, the Knot #3 script to turn it into a tied ribbon. It is in PNG format so most scrappers can use it. You get both in the zip. Simply click on the preview to start the direct download (no 4Shared, or RapidShare).
23rd April 2011
These tubes are perfectly measured to create a regular spiral binding on the edge of any book, notebook or other element. You can place them along any edge, and you can make them as long as you want, with the size you want. You get 4 sets of tubes for Paintshop Pro (only…. sorry Photoshop users); each set includes side binding and center binding, shadowed and unshadowed. You also get a tube to align the holes perfectly. You get a total of 24 tubes in all. These realistic spirals were extracted from real ones, gathered at the printing shop!
What kind of little notes will you write in that notebook?
Did you know about my birthday yesterday? Yeah, i share my day with the Earth, as in Earth Day! easy enough to remember! This year, I posted a special sale in my personal store, and a LOT of people took advantage of that rare opportunity: they enjoyed a 50% off sale on everything. Did you miss it? I still have a 35% off everything today (until midnight), and then a 25% off tomorrow. Hurry because sales are not very frequent in my store. Scripts, fonts, tubes, presets, paths, everything is on sale.
13th March 2011
I decided to create a quick simple script to give away this month. As i was working on some of my own pictures, i realized that i was fixing the photos with the same kind of settings, so why not make a script out of it?
This script will work on PaintShop Pro versions 8 and up. It will lighten and brighten the colors of dark and faded photos.
And best of all, it is FREE. So check it out in my store and grab it! It is like adding sunshine on a cloudy photo!
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