Tuesday, April 30, 2013

PSP-Works Border Masks

Paint Shop Pro has some really nice edge masks and frames.  As with a lot of the program's standard content, they don't work so well at high resolutions.  I decided I'd try to make some for PSP-Works and these are the results.
Short Terms:

  • You can use this set in your commercial or non-commercial art projects.
    -Attribution is requested for personal, non-commercial use.
    -Attribution is required for commercial use. (Please use http://psp-works.deviantart.com or link directly to this post.)
  • You can republish this set FOR FREE on your website as long as the set stays together and all of the original previews and .txt files are included. (Notification is requested.)
  • You cannot sell the set unmodified.
  • You cannot extract individual contents and distribute those without the documentation.
  • You cannot include the set in a package with other resources unless you include all the relevant credit documents and previews and have the rights to redistribute all of the content.
  • Please notify me by commenting on this post or sending a note to psp-works.deviantart.com

    Full TOU can be viewed here and is included in the zip file.
There is a sample use gallery here.

Larger Preview Below

4.13_Border Mask Samples

Wow. It's almost the end of the month and I forgot I had to post these. These are samples for a set of border masks I made for PSP-works.deviantart.com.  There are a couple without borders too so you can see what the paper would look like by itself.

These textures are free for non-commercial use.
Please credit PSP-works.deviantart.com.

Zip file is available for site supporters on request.

Gradients used are by Rose F and Crumbling Walls; Paper texture in the red samples is by EFstig.deviantart.com


4.13_PSP_Works Samples, a set on Flickr.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

PSP Basics #2-The New Image Dialog

Most tutorials I've seen will instruct you to create a new image and give you some dimensions.  I don't think I've seen one that explains what the various settings in the New Image box mean.

Corel's help file on the subject is here.  Like most of their help documents, it's useful, but it may be a little opaque for a beginner.  Here's a simpler version in plain english.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

PSP Basics #1: Changing Your Default Workspace (Hide the "Manage" Pane)

  I can't be the only user who got frustrated and lost trying to understand the layout of the PSP X5 workspace with it's various tabbed "panes."

It took me a while to grasp what they were for and figure out how to change which one was active on startup.  So, I thought I'd write this in case anyone else was still having trouble.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

PSP Basics: A Quick Tip Series

Corel has a nice series of help videos and tutorials on Youtube, but I think they're a little inaccessible for beginners.  This is a quick tip series designed to help you find and understand the basic menu features and functions you'll use regularly, or things I think might make your life a little easier.

It will be updated whenever I have something to fit in it, no particular order, so if there's something you would like to see or a question you have, let me know and I'll see what I can do.

They're written for PSP X5, but they should be applicable to older versions.
I also have PSP 8, so I'll try to cover differences between the two.

1. Change Your Default Workspace (Get Rid of the Manage Pane)
2. The New Image Dialog
3. Working With The Materials Palette
4. The Haftone Effect
5. Getting Content Into PSP

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Art Update

I haven't uploaded much art in the past couple of months.  I've been experimenting a lot with Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro.  My experiments usually end up being saved as textures because I figure they might be useful but I don't know what I might use them in yet.

Anyway, I decided it was time to make an art update.

Free use header
This is free to use as a website header or other illustration.
Please do not edit or redistribute.

Brushes are by Obsidiandawn.com,
textures by valleysinthevinyl.com and designshard.com

RBF_My Life In You_public
This artwork is a usage sample for some of my resources on the blog.
It's not stock.  You may not edit it or use it in your graphic projects.

I'll be uploading the overlays I used for this at a later date.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

4.13_random grunge

Some random grunge experiments that have (mostly) been sitting on my computer for a while.  Some of these were done with brushes, some were done with standard Paint Shop Pro effects.  The gradients used are mine.  This set is kind of small, only 1000x1000 but they ought to still be useful for web graphics.

Brushes used were from
Bittbox.com and Webdesignerlab.com

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Birth of Rose B. Fischer

Okay, this is kind of a personal post.  I'm placing it on both of my blogs and any other place I spend time on the internet.

Monday, April 15, 2013

4.13_A4 Grungy Paper Textures

Here's a small set of paper textures I made as part of my recent comparison experiments between Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro. Made with the same brushes, but I tried to do something unique with each.

Gallery below via my flickr account.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

4.13_Fun Collage Resource Pack

Alternate Download @ my DA gallery
Textures made using this brush set

*Site Supporters have the option of requesting the link to a bonus pack that contains the textures, plus five bonus brushes, three stripe patterns, and 4 extra accent sheets @ 3600x3600 each.  (Supporters, please remember to leave a comment if you would like the bonus material.)

Details and description below.

4.13_fun stripe brush samples

These are samples this brush set. I really liked them, so I decided to make them available separately.  The style is similar to some of the collage stuff I've done before, but I'm experimenting with different structures and went more with stripes and lines than with shapes.

They're also a little different because they were made partly in Photoshop (the backgrounds) and partly in Paint Shop Pro (the stripe and accent brushes.)

As usual, these are free for you to use, but you must do something creative with them and not redistribute them as is or cut them and upload them in pieces.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Quick Tip: Tiling Watermark Pattern in PSP 8

One of the first tutorials I wrote on Encompass Rose Design was a how-to on creating a raised watermark.  That one works nicely if you just want a signature or other information in one spot, but what if you are creating reference material or providing samples of material? Here's a quick way to protect your content and still have it be serviceable as a sample.

Program: Paint Shop Pro.  Mine was done in PSP 8 but it will work in any version.
Difficulty: Beginner to intermediate.  The steps are not hard, but the tutorial has less explanation and fewer screenshots than I would typically do for a beginner.
Translatable: Should work in most image programs, depending on how yours handles tiling patterns.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

4.13_grunge experiments

I'm experimenting again. For this set, I wanted to do two things--get some hard grunge that I liked and challenge myself to use colors that I normally don't. So you have one here that looks like the Incredible Hulk, some grayscale, and a softer blue one because I felt like trying the grayscale ones as overlays. Zip file coming soon.

Gallery and larger previews below