Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Spring Scrap Freebie


You may collect the mini kit elements here and the papers here

Beaded Wire Words Tutorial


Beaded Wire Words
by PCArt


Find a cursive script font where all the letters join and where the line of the script is even. Or choose any other font you wish. Set to Vector and anti-alias.

Open a new canvas 440 x 160 pixels at 300 pixels per inch transparent

Write your word at about size 30 points or 125 pixels colour white. Convert to Raster.

If it appears too thick for you, go to selections select all, selections float, selections defloat, selections modify, contract x 1, invert and delete. This should make your word appear thinner and more like wire.

Apply effects, texture effects, sculpture with these settings,
Set to default, choose - silver from your pattern drop down list
Size 100, smoothness 48, depth 16, ambience 0, shininess 58,
angle 315, intensity 47, elevation 47, colour #808080
Save as wireword sculpture preset so you can use this setting again in the future.

Apply effects, 3D effects, inner bevel with these settings,
Set to default, choose - Bevel shape 9 (it looks like a curved back to front L),
width 8, smoothness 15, depth 20, ambience 0, shininess 40,
angle 315, intensity 50, elevation 35, colour #c0c0c0
Save as wireword bevel preset so you can use this setting again in the future.

IDEAS - Try painting glitter on to your wire words or use other plug ins like Eye Candy or Super Blade Pro to jazz them up. Make your wires other colours. Or, how about making some lovely doodles and decorating them in this way?!

On A New Layer
Find your bead tubes and place them wherever you want them on your word.

Merge visible and Apply a light drop shadow if you wish.

Mine is saved as .png

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 18



Tutorial - Stitching in PSP
(by Lady Fox)


Can you believe these stitches are really just a row of 7 on a curve? Wow how clever it is!

Tutorial Note from Pat
This is a very clever but confusing tutorial and because I never follow tutorials strictly I tend to find an easy way to do things. I made my line of stitches as per "text on a path" on a new layer and then went back and selected the circle/shape which I had converted to raster with my magic wand, and went to selections expand x 15 so that the shape fitted the stitches and filled the additional area with my colour. You could also convert your vector to raster. Cut your circle of text and then select your circle shape with your wand and paste the stitches into the selection. Either way this is easier for me to do, than to follow the tech in the tutorial - try my way and see what you think. I hope you have lots of fun with this one!
Digital Scrapping Class

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 11


Tutorial - ELEMENT: Faux felt shapes - (By Tracey Renemo 2006)




Tutorial Note from PCArt

To make this tutorial easier to understand - here are my step by step instructions
all credit goes to Tracey Renemo for being the writer of this tutorial.

1) Open the felt-like pattern in your work space and minimize it.
2) Open a new canvas 6 inches by 6 inches at 300 pixels per inch transparent
3) Go to your materials palette background and select your felt-like pattern there, Scale 100 Angle 0
4) Go to your materials palette foreground and choose your colour
5) Flood fill your canvas with your colour
6) Add a new Raster Layer, swap your materials to your felt-like material and flood fill
7) Your Material layer should be the one on top and colour on the layer underneath
8) Change the Opacity on the material layer to Luminance
9) If you don't like the colour go back to your bottom layer and change it
10) When you are happy with your colour Merge Visible layers.
11) Add a new Raster Layer
12) Choose the shape you want to use and draw it on the new layer - if it is a vector convert to raster

*you could at this time
before converting to a raster layer
add stitching around the edge
using your vector tube script and stitches tubes

13) When your shape is converted to Raster -
Click on the magic wand - change the Feather setting to about 5
14) Click on the outside of your shape then go to your bottom layer and delete the selection
15) Close the top layer with the drawn shape and see your felt shape
16) Use the undo button whenever you want to and repeat steps until you are satisfied.
17) Happy with your result? Delete the layers you don't need and then save your new felt shape
18) Selections / Select All / Selections / Float / Selections / Defloat
19) Image / Crop to Selection
20) Save as .png

If you have any problems with this tutorial please contact me and I will do my best to assist you.

Previous Lessons
They are listed in our group Digital Scrapping Class
under links/tutorials
alternatively you will find the link, notes and an example here on my blog
under the Label Digital Scrapping Class
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Country Girl Scrap Freebie

Download Here Actual Kit Size is 12"x12" 300 pixels/inch.

A simple feld look Freebie to compliment your layouts -
Elements are in PNG format. Papers in jpg Format
7 Papers, 4 Stars, 1 Stitched Heart, 1 Stitched Journal Box/Mat, 4 Dings to mix and match.
Download is in two parts as shown in Previews.

(well you could use it for your Country Boy too!)Download Here

Some people care too much,
I guess it's called love.
- Winnie the Pooh

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 46


Paper Piecing
by Angela M. Cable



Tutorial Note From Pat
The tutorial is a good idea, but you can make it as easy or as complicated as you please. I simply drew out different colour preset shapes and rotated them to suit what I wanted, added textures, slight bevels and shadow - do your own thing!

Previous Lessons
They are listed in our group Digital Scrapping Class
under links/tutorials
alternatively you will find them here with examples and notes
under the Label - Digital Scrapping Class

Friday, April 25, 2008

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 45


Metal Letter Charms
By Angela M. Cable


Tutorial Note from Pat
Font used in this result Cloister Black - size 80 points or 333 pixels and stretched taller with pick tool
Canvas 1 inch x 1 inch at 300 pixels per inch saved as .png

Previous Lessons
They are listed in our group Digital Scrapping Class
under links/tutorials
alternatively you will find them here with examples and notes
under the Label - Digital Scrapping Class

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Digital Scrapping CLass - Lesson 44


First Layout
By Angela M. Cable


Tutorial Note from Pat
First decide which image or photo you want to use in your layout.
Then you can use it as a guide as to the colours and journaling that you want to put into your layout.

Do the tutorial exactly as presented and use the supplies so kindly provided with the tutorial if you want to.
Notice that the tutorial supplies are all in a light grey, you could make copies and close the originals, and colorize the copies to suit your design or theme.
Go to - Adjust - Hue and Saturation - Hue/Saturation/Lightness - to alter the colours.

If you want to use the tutorial only as a guide and want to some of your own created items, to accomplish this tutorial in your own way, then please do!

You could use your own - Glitter Elements from Lesson 36 - Charms from Lesson 4 - and any Ribbons or Papers or other Elements that you have already made yourself!

I am using my poem "A Mother's Love" for the journaling and an image of my Grandmother.
Resized Preview is 600 x 600 pixels at 78 pixels per inch smart size

Previous Lessons
They are listed in our group Digital Scrapping Class
under links/tutorials
alternatively you will find them here with examples and notes
under the Label - Digital Scrapping Class

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 43


Definition Tag
By Angela M. Cable


Tutorial Note from Pat
Follow the tutorial for an e-mail tag.
But make these changes for your Digital Scraps


Card size 1004 x 650 pixels at 300 pixels per inch
Flood fill with colour of choice
Apply texture I used Filters Unlimited / Cardboard fine
Paint Brush size 47 - blur 32
Leave off the drop shadow
Apply a slight inner bevel to the card.

Previous Lessons
They are listed in our group Digital Scrapping Classunder links/tutorials
alternatively you will find them here with examples and notes
under the Label - Digital Scrapping Class

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 42


Creating Text on a Path - Curves
By Zee Helmick 2006


Tutorial Note from Pat
If your text is not moving along your line enough,
add spacing at the beginning to push it along the curve.

Previous Lessons
They are listed in our group Digital Scrapping Class
under links/tutorials
alternatively you will find them here with examples and notes
under the Label - Digital Scrapping Class

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 41


Folded Paper Corners
By Olga Biddiscombe (Zinzillah) 2008



Tutorial Note from Pat
You need two layers of paper or two different colours.
Follow steps 1 to 4 in the tutorial - cutting and pasting the pieces onto a new layer each time.
Once everything is in position - (I have used lines to show the pieces up) then you can start applying shadows and use the warp tool or warp brush to alter the fold slightly.
Experiment - Take a piece of paper and fold the corner down and up again and see how it lays. If it is soft paper or tissue it can stretch slightly it may even curl a bit.
Instead of using negative image to change the colour of your first cut piece, try colorizing it.

Previous Lessons are listed in our group Digital Scrapping Class
under links/tutorials
alternatively you will find them here with examples and notes
under the Label - Digital Scrapping Class

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 4


Tutorial Creating a Metal Charm (by Bruticia)


Tutorial Notes by PCArt
Try different shapes, and sizes - also test different line widths from 5 to 10, try adding gems or other decoration. Save the finished charms in .png format like the heart above. Eventually try different sculptures and metal or other effects.

In the tutorial it says
......Go to Effects~Texture Effects~Sculpture
Presets~Gold and click ok......
This is the plain gold that should be available and should be visible in your Sculpture pattern window.

If you do not have it then save this Gold.bmp to your Paint Shop Pro pattern folder.

When you click on Presets - and your Sculpture options box pops up
click on the bent back arrow to restore to default
then click on the menu arrow there and scroll down to find Gold and accept the settings. OK

The Gold default settings should be
Size 100 Smoothness 10 Depth 3 Ambience 0 Shininess 46
Angle 315 Intensity 30 Elevation 56 Colour White

When creating your charm for some shapes you might want to make your line width thinner or thicker - it also depends on how large your charm is. Also where the dark colour is - the sculpture goes inward and where the light colour is the sculpture comes outward.



The thing with scrapping is you can make the same or similar things over and over again for use in different layouts and themes - so let your imaginations run wild.

You can get a lot of Freebie NEW SHAPES at Scrap Stuff With PSP while they are still available!
You are welcome to invite your friends to join class too.

Join Digital Scrapping Class and start sharing your results

Monday, April 14, 2008

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 6


Tutorial - Glass Stones
(by Lori J. Davis)



Here I played with shapes and the warp tool and different colours to create the shapes underneath my stones.

Tutorial Note As per tutorial Open new canvas 400 pixels x 400 pixels
Click on Effects / Artistic effects / Balls and Bubbles
Click on last used and select ljd_GlassStone preset,
Lower the zoom to about 22 so you can see the whole bubble
then you will see will see a little deformation bounding block
push the corners inwards to lower the size of your bubble slightly.
Follow the tutorial and then go your own way and see what you can create!

Extra Note for those who cannot use the ljd_GlassStone preset
here are the Manual Settings in Artistic Effects / Balls and Bubbles

Shape - single ball or bubble
Surface - colour #ffffff Opacity 15 Shininess 50 Gloss 80
Maps - none
Illumination - Maximum 15 minimum 0 Lights 1 colour #ffffff highlight size 28
Save as GlassStone preset

Follow tutorial and then these are her shadow settings

Shadow Horizontal and Vertical 6
Opacity 70 Blur 37 Colour #000000
Save as GlassStone shadow

Digital Scrapping Class

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 1


Choosing The Right Mat Colour
(by Angela M. Cable)


You may use any image of your choice to do the tutorial.

I chose to images from Public Domain

The tutorial is easy - if you follow it closely step by step. It is an interesting way of choosing a mat or background colour.

Tutorial Note from pat/PCArt
I did not like the cut-out much and chose to add a texture and slight inner bevel and drop shadow.
You could save your mat frame separately as a .psp image or .png image for future use.

My results for posting - merged all layers and resized to 78 pixels per inch and 600 pixels on the largest side, smart size. Saved AS mymatname.jpg

After doing this tutorial you might also want to go to Lesson 2 where you create your own colour palettes, and make your image mats or frames, by choosing from the palette colours.

0-100 in 60 days:)
Previous Lessons
They are listed in our group Digital Scrapping Class
under links/tutorials
alternatively you will find the link, notes and an example here on my blog
under the label Digital Scrapping Class

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 2


Create your Colour Palette/Choose Your Theme

Tutorial Notes by pat/PCArt
Before you can create your "kit" you need to have a few ideas to plan what you want to accomplish.

We need to Think about these things when creating our kit.

What do you want to make - Are you making a whole kit, a quick page, or a Greeting Card. Is it a series of papers and elements, ribbons, tags, brads and all?
Keep a little note book nearby. Perhaps you could make quick mini sketches of your ideas on a piece of paper, this will help you to create your layout ideas. Write down any ideas you have to help you construct your kit. Write down anything you don't want to forget.
Image/Photo - decide which image/s or photo/s to concentrate on.
Colour/Palette - Then you need to choose your colours. This is where you decide what colours your frames, papers, ribbons and so on are going to be. Use this as a quick reference while creating your kit.
Occasion/Reason - Birthday, Love, Wedding, Season, Holiday, Children, Someone special, Pet?
This will help you decide what kind of elements or patterns you want to use.
What is it going to be used for? Is it for own personal use, is it for Printing, or for Giving away as a Freebie, or for the web, do you want to sell it on your Blog?
If it is for Printing or giving away as a Freebie or Selling on your Blog - you need to think about size!

Read this Article Print Design vs. Web Design
so that you can understand more about where we are going. It is very important to make sure that your sizing is appropriate for the use. Remember you can size down fairly easily but sizing up really is not an option.

See the Digital Scrapping Class - Size Guides Here

Creating graphics for the web or your e-mails does not use a lot of memory, but creating "professionally" at the size and dpi or ppi required for quality printing does!
Unless you have an mega powerful computer, you need to be prepared to work a little slower as large images take time and patience.

When giving away or sharing
1) Always state on your work what it is to be used for and in what format it is saved.
For example "Papers are for 12" x 12" layouts and created in 300dpi .jpg format"
This tells your guest/customer exactly what they are getting.
It could be that "Images are created for use on the web or in e-mails and are 72dpi .jpg format"
or "Elements are created for printing on 12" x 12" layouts and are 300dpi in .png format"
2) Always state your Terms of Use!

TUTORIAL Create your Colour Palette
(by PCArt)
Open the image you want to use for your colours - duplicate it - close the original.

Go to Image / Decreased Colour Depth / 16 Colours
Settings Palette - optimised median cut and Reduction - Nearest Colour / OK
Now look at your colour palette in Paint Shop Pro - it shows you only 16 colours.
Open a new image 300 pixels x 50 pixels
paintbrush click on presets and click on the little bent arrow to get to your brush default setting then change your settings to Square - Size 50 - and Hardness,Density,Opacity all at 100
Use your dropper tool to choose your colours from your 16 colour palette in Paint Shop Pro.
Paint your palette choosing the 6 colours you want to use.

You need to click back and forth from your decreased colour image to pick your colours from the palette in Paint Shop Pro and then go back to your new image to paint the squares.
Add a thin border if you wish and name your palette.
Save as .jpg

Here is my result
I used the 6 middle colours on the left side of my 16 colour palette


Here is a blank palette for you


Just open it in your workspace copy it and close the original

Now as you choose your colours you can flood them into your blocks.
Save your colour palettes as .jpg images and save them in your work in progress (kit) folder or class folder - you can then open your palette up in your psp work space and use it to refer back to while you are working on creating your kit.
I hope this is helpful to you

Now there are many ways to do something if you know how and following my post today I have had a few interesting alternatives to test.

Thankyou Patrick for sharing this interesting link http://whatsitscolor.com/- this was way too much fun!


I never imagined that one of my favourite shades of blue
was the complimentary colour to this little image that I have been testing
with all the colour palette tricks today!

This is really a fun way to quickly sort colours for a kit!
Complimentary Dominant average colour on frame #92a2d7
Dominant average colour this page background #d8c892
Top 10 of 94 unique colours in the little image are in the patterned background.

Another way to create your colour palette using Toadies - Thank you TM
Here I used the image again from above.


Made a copy and closed the original
Effects/ Plugins / Toadies / Plain Mosaic 2 / Cell Width and Height both to 61 / Alpha Threshold 0 /Edge/Hard/Soft/Off 0
I hand picked the colours I fancied with the magic wand,
and copied and pasted them onto my palette.


0-100 in 60 days:)
Previous Lessons
They are listed in our group Digital Scrapping Class
under links/tutorials
alternatively you will find the links, notes and examples here on my blog
under the label Digital Scrapping Class

Friday, April 11, 2008

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 15




Now you have had fun making ribbons flat and curled -
how about trying your hand at making bows?
Look at bows see how they are constructed
then make a copy of your ribbon and cut and paste your pieces into position
Look at a few ribbon tutorials and see how they are made.
Use the warp tool and or warp brush to bend and push the ribbons into shape
Use your curls for the ribbons hanging down.

Remember to practice and experiment
cut them, paste them, twist them,
warp them, and colourize them!!

Making Bows - (from Scrappy Cats Creations)



Use the warp tool to bend the ribbons hanging down. Remember practice makes for improvement.
Digital Scrapping Class

Thursday, April 10, 2008

5 different DLL files needed


Sometimes we add plugins or filters to our graphics program and they just don't seem to be there.

There are 5 different DLL files needed to run most filter/plugins/add ons with your graphics program that are NOT always installed or are not located in the proper folder for your operating system.

I am uploading them to our files section so you can get the ones you do not have.
I have scanned them with AVG and they are clean but always scan things yourself for peace of mind!

MSVCRT10.DLL
msvcrt20.dll
Msvcrt40.dll
msvcrt.dll
plugin.dll

If after installing a plugin/filter AND once you have restarted your graphics program you get a message saying your program is unable to load it, place the above listed DLL's from the zip file as follows:

Windows98: All DLL's go in C:\Windows\System

WindowsME: Plugin.dll goes in your C:\Windows folder AND into your graphics program plugins folder. Msvcrt10.dll goes in your C:\Windows\System folder.

Windows2000: All DLL's go in C:\WINNT\System32

WindowsXP: All DLL's go in C:\Windows\System32

Vista - All DLL's go in C:\Windows\System32

They apparently cannot do any damage - if you put them in the wrong place they will not work.
If they are in the right place they work immediately.

Club Members Bright and Painted Flowers Mini Kit



Hello and Welcome to my newest Coffee Club Members
I will be posting your links and password to you.
The flower paper was painted by me using Art media tools.
The Freebie posted below compliments this mini kit, in addition to the Members only kits, Club Members are welcome to all the Freebies too!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Curled Ribbons with Visros (if you have it)


based on settings by Laura White
(aka Princesslala)

Be Prepared to experiment!


Open a new image 600 x 600 pixels at 300 pixels per inch.
Draw out a rectangle using preset shapes
Convert to raster layer
Fill with pattern or colour of choice
Keep selected
Apply chosen texture

Go to your plug-in menu, choose Visros, then Twist.
Use the settings below.

Position - Top left
Selection - Input
Parameters
direction - 30
location - 100
radius - 30
Page properties
Keep going back to Page Properties
and go to each of the property options and choose

Fore Page - image (the rectangle you drew) - opaque
Back Page - solid custom color - opaque -
(on the patterned ribbon I used - image - master image - opaque)
(on the plain ribbon I used - solid - customer colour and chose a darker shade)
(on the pale pink ribbon I used - solid - front colour - opaque)

Ground Page - solid - transparent - make sure the slider is fully to transparent
Unselected page - solid - transparent

As always, Experiment,
Try changing the direction / location / radius / settings
and using Adjust / Hue and Saturation / Hue/Saturation/Lightness - try colourizing your finished ribbons
Try adding Greg's Pool Shadow to your straight ribbons - use intensity at about 52

Previous Lessons
They are listed in our group Digital Scrapping Class
under links/tutorials
alternatively you will find them here on my blog
under the label Digital Scrapping Class

Digital Scrapping Class - Lesson 10


Tutorial - Rick Rack

(Pracken's Paint Scrapbook Series)


Creating Rick Rack or Ric Rac (I wonder what the correct spelling is here?) was easier than I thought it would be so I enjoyed this valuable lesson.


Tutorial Note from pat/PCArt
Click image for larger preview.
I drew mine on 17 inch x 1 inch canvas at 300 pixels per inch with a line width of 150 (to be able to use it corner to corner if need be on a 12 inch page)
I used a pale blue gradient to draw the line - Angle 0 / Style Linear / Repeats 7
At this size I made my Effects / Distortion / Wave settings
Horizontal - Amplitude 0 Wave Length 1
Vertical - Amplitude 6 Wave Length 3
SAVE AS .png
Experiment
Copy your rick rack and paste as a new layer
Try adjusting colours, using
Adjust / Hue and Saturation / Hue/Saturation/Lightness
Experiment with textures and other material fills, blinds effects etc.,
Digital Scrapping Class