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3rd May 2013
Threading a digital ribbon on a digital paper, might not be something too hard to do, but it is tedious. If you want to accomplish this task faster and more accurately, you can do so with this script.
Choose to thread your own ribbon through slits or eyelets. You choose the number of slits or eyelets to create along with a few other options to give you a very customizable result.
You can use this script to thread ribbons to match your folded ribbons, your knot or your bow. You can use it to put a threaded ribbon on a page, to create a frame, on a photo, on the edge of a card or envelope, and more.
What would you create with this script?
You can get this time saving script in my store : Creation Cassel.
There is also a thread in the forum where you can add your name and get a chance to win this script. Check out this thread and don’t be shy!
For this week’s sample, I created this fun card for Mother’s Day. You can use it in one layout about your mom or another important mother in your life.
The ribbon was threaded using the script. The vertical threading was made by first rotating the whole project by 90 degrees since the script will only work on a horizontal ribbon.
The detailed edge was made using the Edge font along a vector path. Isn’t that neat?
This card is in PNG format so just about anyone can use it.
To download this sample, just click on the preview itself. No waiting, no registration needed.
News from the Campus
Congratulations to the winners of the BIG Show Off contest:
Filter Forge 3.0 - Mizfit Mania
PSPX5 – Giovina Rosignoli
PSPX5 – Mireille Fratini (mimi13)
5 Master Classes – Karon Day
- what are all those settings for?
- how do you get text on a path?
- how do you get the text at the bottom of the circle to read upward?
- how do you type a text INSIDE a shape?
- what else can you do with the text tool?
- the text tool can be used for other purpose than text; like what?
- a few neat tricks to use with the text tool
Date: Sunday, May 5th, 2013
Time: 5pm Eastern Time
Register now and send us your "text challenges"
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!
12th April 2013
More and more designers like to incorporate matching tags, or cards or other elements into their kit. More and more scrappers like to have something matching the kit they purchased or the layout they are making but might be missing those elements. To do them by hand is ok if you only have a couple to do, but what if you need a whole set? That can quickly become a long task.
With this script, you can start with any simple template (simple works best), choose any number of papers to pick from, select colors from your color palette and let it do its magic. You can generate up to 10 copies of the basic template, using a randomly picked paper and randomly picked color.
And all that can take you less than one minute to accomplish. Of course, the script does not have a good eye for color combinations so you might very well end up with ugly matches, but it is not a big deal: just delete those and keep the ones that ended up as great combos.
You will determine which layers will be replaced by papers, which ones will be replaced by a color and the script will leave all the other layers untouched. Since all the resulting elements will be left in layers just like the starting template, you can still tweak any one of them as you want.
You can grab this time saving script in my store: Creation Cassel
Do you want a chance to win this script? You can do so by adding your name to this thread in the DST forum and give me more ideas on how you could use such a script. I will come back on Monday night with the name of a winner. Remember that even if you purchase the script, you can still enter the draw and if your name comes up, you will be able to get a coupon for a future new release.
For a free sample, i prepared a set of 9 tags (900×600) all made using the same kit from Karenheckyeah called “A summer Place”. You can use those tags for a “Project Life” type of layout since it makes those tags 3×2 inches, or you can use them in other traditional types of layout. It is really up to you.
Simply click on the preview to start the direct download.
It is still April!
The Time Master Bundle is still available for a short time. Monday is the last day this bundle will be available at this price. And Monday, is also the last day you can use the coupon code : TIME5 to get another $5 off the reduced price.
Don’t wait. Get it NOW.
Spend now, Save later
Are you still building your coupon code for May? You still have a couple of weeks to do so. Some of you have already built a nice 50% coupon for next month. I am sure you will be shopping some more! Go for it. Time to shop!
(and remember that what you spend in the Campus is ALSO added to the total)
The BIG Show Off
Did you have a look at the newer projects that members have been showing off? See what Mizfit and Val posted on this thread.
So what will YOU show off today?
And also, i promised you that i would tell you when there would be more prizes to be won. I will now have a SECOND copy of PSPX5 to win, so you have 2 chances to upgrade to X5! And i am still waiting on other partners and prizes.
5th April 2013
If you want to create a long border with a specific design, how do you achieve that? Probably with a lot of copy and paste and move, and copy again, paste again and move again. This can be pretty tedious if you want to create a long strip of repeated pattern. And how do you make sure the spacing is perfectly even? That is another challenge.
This script does all the hard work for you and will take just a few seconds. In addition, you get many options in the type of repeats you can get AND you are the one deciding how the spacing should be.
You can have a simple straightforward repeat, but you can also have the design alternating up and down, or have it mirrored, or flipped, or both. You can even have the design overlap if you prefer.
You can use just about anything you want to repeat, whether it is a vector shape, a dingbat, a hand drawn design, an element, even an extracted element from your stash (just beware of any shadowing though).
You can get this very versatile script in my store: Creation Cassel
What could you do with this script? Give us some ideas in this thread in the forum, for a chance to win it.
For this week’s free sample, I made this simple frame out of a dingbat that i colored. I used the mirrored repeat and slightly overlapped the first repeat with the original design, then, as the script offered me to merge the first two, i chose a different spacing for the following repeats.
Once a long strip of repeats was done, i selected a smaller portion of the strip to create the sides, and just with duplicates, and mirror and flip, i adjusted each side to create a frame. Very simple to do once you have the basic strip!
To download this frame, simply click on the preview. No wait.
And remember to show us what you do with it!
Yes, it is here now. The BIG April Promo is in full swing and you can participate in several different ways.
Spend now, Save later
Every dollar you spend in the store AND the Campus during the whole month will be compiled and will earn you a coupon you can use in a purchase in May. It is simple:
Spend $20 in the whole month, you’ll get a 20% off coupon
Spend $30 in the whole month, you’ll get a 30% off coupon
Spend $40 in the whole month, you’ll get a 40% off coupon
Spend $50 in the whole month, you’ll get a 50% off coupon
Spend $60+ in the whole month, you’ll get a 50% off coupon AND an additional entry into the Big Show Off draw
The Big Show Off
This is where you can show off anything you did (layout, kit, hybrid project, etc.) based on something you learned in the Campus. You link to your project AND to the tutorial, class or tip. You can win one of the fantastic prizes (including one copy of Filter Forge plugin, which DOES work with PSP even if they say it is a Photoshop plugin).
We already have a few great projects posted in the Campus. Check these, from Val, Yobeth and Mireille:
And there are more.
Bundle of the week
Until Monday, you can also grab a great deal in the Campus: the Photo-Graphics with PSP bundle is available for $24.99 (instead of $39.99 if you bought them separately).
Even better, if you are using the coupon code: PHOTOGR5 you get an additional $5 off meaning that you end up with TWO Master Classes for $19.99, which is, in fact, the price of one!
Hurry, it is only available until Monday, April 8th. After that, the bundle will go back to the regular “bundle” price of $29.99, and the coupon will have also expired.
28th March 2013
Do you sometimes have various elements, like flowers, beads, or even frames that you would like to have evenly distributed? In PSPX4 and X5, there is a function like that but if you are using an older version, the only way you can do it is using the guidelines and measuring the spacing yourself and then finding the center of each object to move them accurately.
That is a bit of work that you can avoid with this script. In fact it will take it just a few seconds to accomplish what might take you a few minutes.
In addition, this script can also distribute elements evenly on a diagonal line, based on the width and the height of the image. Even PSPX4 and X5 don’t do that!
If your elements are the same size, the spacing will probably be pretty even, but if the elements are of different size, don’t count on the spacing as the script measures by the center of each element.
Unfortunately, it is only compatible with PSP9 and up (sorry for the PSP8 users out there).
You can get this script in my store: Creation Cassel.
I also have a giveaway in the DST forum. Simply tell me, in this thread, what PSP version you are using and your name will be entered in the random draw for Monday night.
Just like last week, it is kind of hard to give you a sample of a tool script, so i opted for giving you a spring element (or Easter theme, if you prefer). I made this bunny out of the pipe cleaner picture tubes from the store. This is a PNG format element about 1500 pixels high. I added some fun shadows to give it some volume and the shadows are part of the element.
Those pipe cleaners are so much fun to play with. Just like the real 3D ones you can bend and twist, you can do just the same thing with your mouse. You even have the advantage of being able to make them much longer than the real ones!
They were Mendy’s idea and here is what she said about them:
“This one [product] is so much fun. Makes you feel like you are a kid again. They are so real looking that you just want to reach out and touch them. Love it!”
You can get those pipe cleaners in the store here.
But obviously, you want the freebie, right? Just click on the preview to start the direct download.
April is near
Yes, yes, i told you that last week, didn’t i? And i am sure you know it is only a couple of days away. But did you figure out what it will be about? Did you guess from the hints? Let’s add a bit to the list:
Hint #1: get your wishlist ready (i really mean it!)
Hint #2: check the Master Classes in the Campus (watch the video for the free one or any other you might have purchased)
Hint #3: get ready to scrap
Hint #4: FF often stands for Firefox, but for something else too!
Hint #5: something will happen on “school ground” too
See you soon! I think there might be something more in the Newsletter, Sunday morning.
8th March 2013
Zippers, zippers, zippers. We use zippers everywhere now. Of course, we see zippers on clothing, like coats, jackets, pants, dresses, but we also use zippers in upholstery (to wash those cushion covers), in purses, luggage, and more. Now, you can even add them to your scrapbook pages too.
These zippers are the 4th set. They are made of 3 directional tubes: one for the closed teeth, one for the left open teeth and one for the right open teeth. This means that you can “draw” your zipper as long as you want, and in any direction or shape you want. You can have it mostly open, or mostly closed, you can join two different “fabrics”, you can have a photo peek through, etc.
And the pulls are made in two files too: one is the layered base so you can slip a pull as realistically as you can. And of course, each zipper as its original pull to match. But you can surely mix and match, especially if you can recolor them. Play with the shadowing to get great looks. Add decorative elements to the pull, just like we can see in real zippers, whether it is a monogram, a string of beads, or other creative add-on. What would you do with those?
You can grab this set of zippers in my store: Creation Cassel.
Have a look at the other three sets of zippers you can also grab.
I have a giveaway in the DST forum where you can win the latest zipper set. Check out this thread, and tell me if you ever used a directional tube before, and if so, which one. I will be back on Monday night with the name of a winner.
This week, as a free sample, i just created a simple zipper for you using the white set. The various elements are in layered format so you can change the pull, move it, even shadow the elements differently. There is a separate shadow layer for the pull shadow, but you can surely modify it, or even replace it if you want.
With the hollow pull, you can surely add a design in the middle, fill in the hole and draw something, or attach a bunch of decorative elements, like beads, strings or ribbons. What will YOU do?
This is offered in PSD format so most non-PSP users can still use it. It is pretty large (3600 pixels high) so you can size it down to meet your need. Click on the preview to start the direct download.
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?
22nd February 2013
Do you see those Photoshop styles everywhere and wish you could use them in Paintshop Pro? This time, I created a set of 9 lined paper seamless tiles that you can use as you wish from the Material palette, but it also has 9 sculpture presets that you can use to apply to a solid color shape (any shape) with predetermined settings (that is why they are preset, right?)
Since the tiles are seamless, you can use them to floodfill any shape of any size. Of course, you can manipulate them further by adding some writing, doodling, stains, creases, tears, and more. You can colorize them to tint them in a color to match your photo, your layout or your kit.
The patterns and the presets are inside folders and if you save the whole folders (instead of the individual files), you will have them all neatly sorted and available inside a Category you can pick in the Presets or the Material. No more need to scroll endlessly, especially if you have lots of those in your resources.
Although they are not in .asl format, Photoshop users can easily convert the patterns which are simply in jpg format.
You can get this set of 9 patterns and presets in my store: Creation Cassel.
If you want a chance to get this set for free, hop over to the Happy Place in this thread and tell me what else than writing on, would you use lined papers in a layout. I will pick a winner on Monday night.
This week, as a sample for this product, i am offering you one tile with one preset (for PSP) and one full size page for everyone else (of course, PSP users can still use it). Do you remember that time when dark papers were popular and kids would use gel pens in neon colors to write on them? Now you can do the same. The tile and the presets work exactly as the lined paper tiles above.
Jennifer had fun playing with this paper sample and added some doodling.
If you are curious to know how the ripped edge was made, i can tell you my secret: it is a font. I used the RippedEdge font that you can use to create any paper edge that will look ripped from a spiral binding, whether it is from the top or the side. You can find that font in my store HERE.
Do you want to do the same? Simply click on the preview to start downloading the tile, the preset and the full page.
Did you miss my post last week? Probably, because i skipped last week. Why? Because i felt bad not to have a freebie for you to download. Last week, i released a tool-script that will open, duplicate, save the duplicate with a new name (adding –copy to its name) and closing the original. All that, so that the Auto-save function can actually save your work and spare your original from accidental auto-save. It is still available in the store and it is FREE.
It is still available in the store for the same price: FREE.
Of course, you can do the same steps manually, but you want to do something else than those tedious technical tasks, don’t you? In addition, if you bind the script and add the icon on your menu bar, you can get the whole process in ONE click. That beats doing it manually doesn’t it?
1st February 2013
When i was a kid, i used to take papers of different size and fold them to then cut out along the folds. I was making “snowflakes”, even though they were usually not folded in 6. We had that activity in arts and crafts class pretty well every year. I learned that regular writing papers were not square so i always had to cut off a piece to make my craft (what a waste).
Whether you want to use lined paper to simulate those school projects (not done in art classes) or really plain colored construction papers, or using a patterned paper from a kit, there is no limit.
Start with any paper, and run the script It will take care of the not-so-square papers, it will fold it (or pretend) according to what you ask, and you will have the chance to cut out any design you want, with any tool you like. Use the eraser tool or the selection tool. That is up to you.
Cut sections along the “folds” or the outer edge, or snip the center (you surely did that when you made your “snowflakes”). Once you are done, the script will unfold your piece and reveal the whole design (you might be surprised too). And furthermore, it will add creases to your masterpiece exactly where it WAS folded for a more realistic look. The creases are on a separate layer so you can tweak their opacity depending on the color or pattern of your paper.
You can get this script in my store: Creation Cassel.
And if you want a chance to win it, check out this thread, and tell me what theme would work well with this script. I will be back on Monday to announce a winner.
I used a couple of “school” papers to cut some more “snowflakes”. But in fact, they dont look like snowflakes at all. If you are crafty, you can surely create some very intricate designs and turn those “snowflakes” into doilies! These two elements are about 900 pixels wide in png format. They don’t match only “kid” kits!
If you want to play with these, simply click on the preview to start the direct download.
And remember to show us what you do with them!
News from the Campus
We had the draw on Sunday night for a free registration to LOAD213. Andrea was our winner, and she already started her month-long challenge. She said she loved the idea of a challenge as it will give her a little more incentive to scrap. Even more, i asked her to keep us updated on her activities and she already did her first layout, and we are the first of the month! I guess she is right on track!
Did you register for LOAD213? How are you doing with it?
Photo-Graphic with PSP
We will have our monthly live presentation on Sunday (it should be right before the SuperBowl for those of you who are fans). There is still time to register. We will look at how we can turn a regular photo into something else: a watercolor piece, a cartoon, a sketch, and maybe more (time permitting).
Sunday, Feb 3rd, at 5pm Eastern Time zone.
7th December 2012
Sometimes, you might have a collection of overlays and want to use them but you dont want all your papers to look exactly the same. One solution? You grunge them a bit. However, it is long to randomly delete areas, change the angle of the eraser tip, change the size, or even change the eraser tip altogether. This script for Paintshop Pro will do all the work for you. What do you have to do? Open the overlay, run the script, pick the eraser tip and decide if you want to erase a little or a lot. That’s it. The script will erase dozens or hundreds of times, randomly, while you just watch.
You can continue running the script as long as you want to remove as much as you want. This is the perfect tool if you want to use a consistent texture across a set of papers without having the exact same look on each of them. Since there is a random feature coded in the script, you will ALWAYS get a different end result even if you start with the same overlay and eraser tip.
See what other results you can get with multiple runs of the script using the same settings and eraser tip (you can then play with the opacity and the blending to get yet, a different result):
You can get this script in my store: Creation Cassel.
As usual, this script is also available to win. Check out this thread in the Happy Place forum and add your name to the thread (remember to answer the question from the first post!). A winner will be announced on Monday night.
As a free sample, i created these three holiday themed papers using a texture image i scanned and ran that texture layer through the script to get 3 different results. Since i lowered the opacity a lot, the end result is a subtle texture.
They are all 3600 x 3600 pixels so you can use them as background papers for a layout, for a Christmas card, or you can cut them to create holiday gift tags, name tags, frames, etc.
Simply click on the image to start the direct download.Newer Posts »