New script – Cluster Maker

Cluster Maker script for Paintshop ProA lot of scrapbookers and designers love to create and use clusters, but the task is often daunting because of numerous repetitive tasks that seem to drain their creativity. So, why not have a script to give them a jumpstart?

This script will almost randomly pick elements from a single folder for you. Starting with long elements like ribbons and stitches. Then adding more rectangular or somewhat smaller elements like frames, cards and such. Finally, smaller or more "square" objects, like flowers, buttons and stickers. Once the elements are picked (one by one), the script will randomly resize them slightly to add variety in your cluster, will rotate them also, and place them based on the type of cluster you want to generate.

You can create a central cluster, or a corner cluster (and you can obviously pick which corner too). And in a single run, the script can generate as many clusters as you want.

Obviously, the script cannot SEE the elements and cannot determine if each element will look good in the cluster. That is YOUR job. But you will have a headstart instead of starting from scratch.

Get this time saving script: Cluster Maker.

For a chance to win this script, I will make this a little different. I want you to just tell me if you have purchased (or won) any of the other cluster-type scripts in the store. If so, which one. If not, just say so! I'll pick a winner next week and it will be announced in the newsletter. Not a subscriber yet? Not a problem. You can register here and it is free (and you only get one email per week).

Corner ClusterAs a samplers, this week, I used a kit from Hat of Bunny, Baby Mine. I ran the script to create a corner cluster for the bottom right corner.

Once the script was done, i tweaked the placement of the elements, and removed a few. Initially, i asked the script to have an average number of elements, knowing i would likely have too many so i could remove them. I also added a couple of elements that were ignored by the script, but that i liked (namely the banners and the string).

All the shadows were added to the elements, individually.

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New script – Strip Cluster Maker

Strip cluster maker script for Paintshop ProMaking clusters can be a great way to expand a kit you want to sell, or a way to use a kit you just purchased.

Making clusters can be a tedious task however. This script will help you as it will serve as a starting point, in gathering a certain number of long elements (like ribbons, tapes, stitching) and other elements (like flowers, buttons, tags, knots, etc.).

You can generate as many strip clusters as you want, from the elements in a single folder. You can create horizontal strips or vertical ones. Did you know that it is not a good idea to rotate a strip cluster that is already made? The shadows will be showing in the wrong angle, and any light source indication will also be inaccurate, giving an odd looking result in the end. So this script will NOT rotate any element (except the long elements) but will place them in  a vertical arrangement, if that is what you want.

You can also choose to have few elements on the cluster or a fuller arrangement.

Since the script cannot "see" the result, it will not know if it looks good or not. That is YOUR task. But the script will have given you a starting point, from which you can rearrange the elements, add new ones, remove some.

A time saving tool for you: Strip Cluster Maker.

Do you like strip clusters? Did you get the Cluster Template maker #3? Tell me how you use (or would use) strip clusters in your projects. Add your answer in the comments below. I will pick a winner and announce it in the newsletter, next week. Not a subscriber yet? Not a problem. You can register here and it is free (and you only get one email per week).

Strip ClusterThis week, with Heather T's permission, i am giving you the exact strip cluster that I made using this script.

It is 3600x700 pixels in size, in PNG format. It also includes all the shadows for realism (including the lifted thread on the left).

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New Script – Cogwheels


This week, my new script will help you create various cogwheels. You will be able to add any color or texture to them once they are done as the script will only create the shape. You will have the options of creating your own, custom design, or ask for a randomly generated wheel. You can have square, triangular or round teeth, and you can have between 15 and 60 of them. Talk about variation! but that is not all. You can create straight “spokes” inside (between 6 and 12), or some decorative cutout. Again, you can let the script generate them, or draw them yourself, using any tool you want. You can make bold designs, or delicate and intricate motifs. How many different wheel patterns can you create? As many as you dare design! Each wheel will measure about 1000 x 1000 pixels, and you can resize it as you wish.


You can get this script for Paintshop Pro in my stores: Creation Cassel .


If you see cogwheels, what does it make you think of? We know that those into the Steampunk style might like those cogwheels, but can you think of other themes where they could be used? If so, just tell me in this thread at the DST forum for a chance to get this script.cass-Cogwheels-cluster


And now, for a sampler. I am not particularly good at clustering, but i tried it. I made this corner cluster for you, using 6 different cogwheels, and some old chain tubes. I am not sure if you will like the cluster, but in case you dont, i am including the individual cogwheels in the zip so you can make your own cluster, or add them separately. If you make another cluster out of them, would you care to show me? I would LOVE to see how you can use them.

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