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8th June 2013
There are various “styles” available for Photoshop users to create a chalk texture, but this script will work for Paintshop Pro users and will turn ANY design, shape or text, in any color, in a chalk project.
You can add various options to your project, including smudges (aren’t those common on a chalkboard?), and outline, and you can even decide on the thickness of the outline, the amount of smudge and the size of the texture. This means you don’t have to rely on a small texture for a large project, or a large texture on a small project.
Despite the options available to the user, the script will still add a little randomness so that each run will be somewhat different than the others. You can take advantage of this feature to run the script on different layers and it will look like it was drawn by hand.
You can get this fun texture script in my store: Creation Cassel.
Do you want this script for free? Of course you do. You can just add your name to this thread in the DST forum and tell me what else than a school theme you could use this script for.
As a sample, this week, I am presenting you with 4 journaling cards that you can use in various ways on your projects. Use them vertically or horizontally.
Each card is dark grey, 1200×900 pixels with rounded corners.
Click on the preview to start a direct download. No wait time.
31st May 2013
We all know how adding texture to a plain paper can make the difference between a set of boring papers and a lively realistic result. Although most scrappers and designers know the importance of adding texture, it seems so easy to rely on our few favorite overlays and use them over and over and over again, leading to less creative results.
This script will add that variety by randomly picking overlays (between 2 and 4 per paper), rotating them randomly, layering them randomly, adding a random blend mode, and adjusting the opacity, also randomly.
Will it always give a pleasing result? Maybe not, since Paintshop Pro cannot see the result and surely, does not know your own taste, but that is not a problem since everything is left unmerged, so you can tweak all the layers, deleting some if you want, changing the blend mode, varying the opacity or even adding more overlays to the stack. One thing for sure, you will be playing with some different combinations that you might not have thought of.
The script will also rename each overlay layer to the overlay file name so you can easily refer to them if you need to reuse one or credit the source.
You can get this script in my store, at Creation Cassel.
There is a thread in the DST forum (that was added late) where you can win this script simply by telling me how many overlays you tend to use on a paper when you want to texture it. And by Monday night, i will pick a winner.
This week, as a sampler, I am offering you a simple layered template for a card and envelope. You can use these templates for our Father’s Day contest.
The template, in PSD format, will create a card, 1200×900 pixels (so 4×3 inches), with an envelope that will match.
Use your favorite kit, designs, or supplies. Add the text you want, in the language you want.
You can use the card template to create a card in either orientation: portrait or landscape.
Simply click on the preview to start the direct download.
24th May 2013
Did you ever follow a pattern to create an intricate design while knitting? It is time consuming, requires a lot of attention to details to not miss one stitch and a lot of yarn too!
This script will let you turn an image or a photo into a knitted project without effort, without yarn and without any knowledge of knitting!
The process is simple: open the image, run the script, choose the size of the stitches (small, medium or large) and watch it go. Then, you get the option of adding the stitches on top to put on a needle or not. That’s it! The whole thing is pretty quick, although, it takes a while to go the whole width of the project, especially if it is pretty wide. But it is effortless, i can promise that!
You can grab this fun photo script in my store: Creation Cassel
Do you knit? Do you know how to knit? Tell me in this thread and you will be entered in a random draw to win this fun script. I will be back on Monday night with the name of a winner.
Since this script is used to add something to photos, i am sure giving you a sample made with one of my photos would not have meant much to you! But i figured it might be fun to have a generic design to make you smile so i used a smiley.
You can probably make various inspirational knitted projects with this script and add them to your layouts. How about a “one little word” you might be working on this year?
This project is actually 2 files: one is the knitted image and one is the needle so you can use something else than the needle if you want to hand this a different way.
To download this free sample, just click on the preview. No registration, no wait.
18th May 2013
Washi tapes are pretty popular lately but maybe you are looking for something that matches your current project and can’t find the perfect one. No more problem. This script will create some for you quickly and effortlessly based on any papers you want.
The script will generate a variety of tapes based on your choice of thickness, whether you want them to all be the same thickness or varied, and within the minimum and maximum length that you will determine.
You can choose any number of papers to have the tapes cut from.
All the ends will be cut at an angle, just randomly. There is also a discrete shading added to each tape to make everyone of them unique.
Finally, all the tapes will be grouped in one single file, in individual layers for your convenience. It will be up to you to delete those you don’t care for, and keep the others. You can then separate them and save them individually or simply save the file with up to 50 tapes in it.
Although it is meant to look like adhesive tapes, you can also use the end results as ribbons too. The possibilities are endless.
You can grab this time saving script in the store at Creation Cassel.
Do you want a chance to win this script? Check out this thread in the DST forum and add your name along with a suggestion on how you would use those tapes. I will be back on Monday night with the name of a winner.
To give you an idea of what this script can do, i created a set of solid grey tapes, and just added some brushwork on them. See, instead of using actual papers, you can simply use solid colors and then generate plain tapes that you can also use as templates for painting on, adding text, etc.
The tapes in this sampler are stamped with the days of the week so you can use them to embellish your daily layouts. Since they are all in greyscale, you can colorize them to match your project, add texture to them, even rip some of them and crinkle them.
What would you do with them? Remember to show off!
To download this set of 7 tapes, just click on the preview. No registration. No wait.
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.
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.
15th March 2013
You can now create a simple loop from any ribbon that you already have. Use these loops as an accent, fasten them with a staple, a brad, stitching, or an eyelet. The script can actually create an eyelet for you that will be proportional to the size of the ribbon.
You can tuck the loop under a photo or an element, you can use a particular ribbon with text message or shapes to match your project.
The script has a random feature integrated which means that even using the same ribbon, each run will yield a slightly different result. The length will differ and the segment of the ribbon used will be different.
The script will end in unmerged layers with NO shadows on the ribbon pieces. Why not add a shadow with the script? Because you might want to mirror the loop or have it vertical, or at an angle, and if the script was to add shadows, then they would become very odd looking after rotating the whole thing. You know how it is with shadows: if they are in the wrong direction, it can make your layout look totally weird, and you surely dont want that, do you?
This script is available in my store: Creation Cassel.
And if you want a chance to win this script for free, just post in this thread, in the forum and tell me what you could use this kind of loops for. Be creative. Think a bit outside the box so to speak and share some great ideas. The winner will be announced on Monday night.
As a free sample today, i thought of creating a ribbon with a date (in fact it is a year) and making a loop out of it. I repeated the process for 3 years. If you are patient, you might be able to create a ribbon for each month, or each day of the week or if you are REALLY brave, one for each date of a whole year! Why not?
To grab these three little loops, just click on the preview to start the direct download. No waiting.
What will you do with those? Show us how creative you are.
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?Newer Posts »