Larger versions of images can be seen by clicking on the image. Also, thank you for your kind and encouraging comments. I love reading the comments. If you use my any of freebies, I would be overjoyed with a comment containing a link to your item. I love seeing any of my freebies in use.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Get the tagger-sized alpha: Snowmen. And if you want it without the drop shadow, I also have it in gif format. Yes, it is really old!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Sorry the day is half over before I could post today's alpha. I'm really busy with holiday preparations. I didn't really like this bow alpha, but I don't have time to make something better. Since I was criticized for making different colors, this one just comes in silver. You will have to recolor the ugly letters yourself. The zip is available via Skydrive because 4shared is currently down for maintenance.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
This tutorial will show you how to make a paper with a starburst pattern in Paint Shop Pro.
1. Open up a new canvas. Mine is 3600 x 3600 at 300 dpi for a full size paper.
2. Fill the canvas with a color using the Fill Bucket.
3. Create a new layer (Layers > New Raster Layer).
4. Use the custom selection tool to create a 3600 x 200 selection in the center of on the new layer.
Right = 1800
Top = 0
Bottom = 3600
5. Fill the selection with a contrasting color.
6. Ctrl + D to select none.
7. Use the Pattern effect (Effects > Reflection Effects > Pattern) to create vertical stripes. Create as many stripes as desired. I chose 9 stripes.
Vertical offset = 0
Rotation angle = 0
Scale factor = 1
Number of columns = 9
Number of rows = 3
Horizontal shift = 0
Vertical shift = 0
8. Finish by using the Polar Coordinates deformation (Effects > Distortion Effects > Polar Coordinates) to create the starburst.
Rectangle to polar = Checked
Edge mode = Wrap
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
As you can see, I'm running out of good ideas. This always happens during my attempt to make 24 alphas. The ones in the middle are never very good. Please feel free to make some suggestions.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
I don't know if anyone has noticed, given how few visitors I have, but direct links have been enabled for today's download. I don't know if I'm going to convert my older links to direct download as it seems like a lot of work.
Friday, December 10, 2010
A nice person wrote in and asked for the plain gold letters from my wire bead alphas. As the wire bead alphas are from when I started posting scrap alphas, they are a bit smaller than my current alphas at only 1 inch tall for the capital letters. I hope that other people, besides the requestor, will be able to use them.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Here is the third day of bead alphas. I hope I can come up with some idea for tomorrow. I didn't really like the colors for the beads once I made the previews, but I'm too tired to go back and re-do them.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The download links are available available as text. I do not link my images because then people just grab and go. I get very few comments, so I think it is fair to ask for a little bit of reading. Or, perhaps people just think all of my alphas are hideously ugly and that's why I see mostly complaints in the comments.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
I came up with the concept for this alpha two years ago, when I started giving away alphas during advent. However, I didn't like the previous versions that I made. I think this version is slightly better than previous versions.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Once again I am giving away an alpha a day for Advent. This will be my third year. To see all of the alphas for this year and last year search my blog using the advent calendar label.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I made an effect for Filter Forge. I made it because lots of people complain that Mura Meister's filters do not work with newer versions of PSP or their OS. So, if you have Filter Forge, you now have a semi-substitute for Stripe of Cylinder and you can now make the rolled paper preview. I can only do 2 angles, 0 degrees and 90 degrees, but if you have any suggestions for improvements to the filter, feel free to leave a comment. You can get the filter at the Filter Forge library.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
1. You need an image with a transparent background which you want to trim. This can be a PNG or it can even be a PSPImage file you are working on that has multiple layers. Just make sure that all the layers are visible.
2. Select the crop tool and click the button for Snap crop rectangle to Merged Opaque.
This will force the crop tool to be exactly the size of your image.
3. Click the check mark to complete the crop.
Your image is now trimmed.
You can record this step as a script and then use the batch tool to apply it to a bunch of images at once.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I made this kit last year for SNL56. The theme was Christmas in the Kitchen. Hopefully people can use it this year for the holidays.
This kit comes with:
1 candy cane
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
In response to the criticisms that the images in my tutorials are too hard to see, I would like to point out that it is possible click on the images and get a LARGE view. Also, I have started to convert my tutorials to PDF. My current plan is to upload them to a commercial site and charge a nominal fee per PDF. This is because I am HATING the process of converting the tutorials to PDF. It is like torture. So the monetary incentive is to convince me to keep doing it. Else, I would quit. However, the web versions of the tutorials will remain available for free on my blog.
I have converted a few already. You can find them listed on the side of my blog. I'll have to see if this incentive works because I have done a few and I'm not sure that it is worth converting all my tutorials to PDF. As it will take me a while to convert all the tutorials, if you have a favorite that you want to acquire in printable PDF form, then leave me a comment and I will do that tutorial first.