Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Ripped Cardboard CU PS Layer Style and Alpha!

I have had several comments and emails from folks who say they cannot open my layer styles but I think maybe they do not understand how they work. Misty Cato has posted an excellent tutorial on her blog on how to load and use layer styles in PSE, it can be found HERE. I thought about writing a tutorial but she does such a good job it would be silly to replicate efforts. I even learned something new from her tutorial. YOU CAN SCALE LAYER STYLE effects in PSE! All this time I thought it was only possible in PS and was so frustrated when the style didn't look right on my element. I think most people understand how layer styles work but I have to remember that a lot of people are like I was when I first started working in PSE - I was clueless! Layers were a mystery to me and it took several weeks of playing before I started to get the hang of it. And I think that my preview for the Halloween felt layer styles confused some people too because from their comments they did not download due to the fact they do not celebrate Halloween. The pumpkins are just a shape I applied the style to, you can apply the felt styles to any shape or text to obtain felt in that color! Or maybe you don't like the bright colors? Anyway, I call them Halloween felts but that is just because they are Halloween colors. I hope that clears things up! And I would also like to mention that there a several versions of PS and PSE so as far as I know the styles will work in them but I don't know for sure. For my PSE friends who may have problems loading styles, custom shapes, brushes, actions, etc., I highly recommend Graffi's Add-O-Matic! You just drop your style into the Add-O-Matic window and press go! It automatically loads the style in the correct folder. Pretty cool! I bought it when it was quite a bit more expensive but it is only $9.99 now and that is a great deal for a great time-saver.


Today I have a ripped up cardboard layer style and alpha for you! Let me explain how I made this style: I took a cardboard box top and used a knife to tear little rips out of it and manged somehow not to cut my fingers off! Then I took a picture of the ripped cardboard boxtop with my super-duper Canon G9 (LOVE THAT CAMERA!) I loaded it into CS3 and cropped it to3600 x 3600. I did some color and tone adjustments and made a pattern of the huge picture. Then I made a pattern overlay style from the pattern and added a soft darker inner glow to the pattern and finally created a new layer style! Pretty neat? I also made a style that is scaled smaller for smaller elements. There are only two styles in this set because the file is huge for a layer style. But I challenge you to find a more realistic cardboard layer style! (LOL - I'm just tooting my own horn I'm sure there are better styles out there!) And I think I made the Alpha too big, it is so hard to know what size to make them and I went with 600pts for the caps and 400 pts for the smaller case but the files are huge so I divided them into two downloads. There are no drop shadows applied, they are for preview purposes only. I hope you all like them!



Download the CU RippedCardboard Layer Style (PS or PSE .asl file) HERE

Download UpperCase HERE

Download LowerCase and Characters HERE

18 comments:

Sandra said...

These are wonderful, all of the styles are, but since I don't use PS or PSE I cannot use them. It's too bad you don't offer them all on 12inch papers for other paint programs. Have a great day!

ScrapyRose said...

Thanks so much!! I am making a hybrid paperbag album and these along with the alphas will be the finishing touch!! You have just made my day.

Rhowan said...

I am SO THRILLED!!! I went to the tut, through your link--and followed the instructions...at first it didn't work for my elements program, but I went down to Misty's comment area and found the instructions for PSE 5 (which I use) and VOILA!!! My layers are installed and I am tickled pink to be able to play around with them now! You are just TOO WONDERFUL!! Thank you for the help and the use of your layer styles! I'm having a total blast now!! (((Big Friendly hugs!)))

Rhowan said...

OK-- I was SO thrilled about your post today that I HAD to create a post for you on my blog--to thank you for everything. It turned into a small-if not medium sized book--thanking several people, but it was something I felt had to be done because you have given so much and I want you know how much that means to me and how grateful I am for everything! :)

M u s s said...

You are so cool!! :D
Thanks a lot for what you do!
We really appreciate it!!!
Thank you!
{{{hugs}}}
Maria

Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever said...

Deb darlin' - what DON'T you think of??? LOL! You are taking SCRAPLAND by storm and with STYLE!!! (PUN intended) He, he ...

I LOVE the way you explained to us how you achieved your FABULOUS cardboard style and unless it has changed, the industry standard for alphas is 1-3/4 to 2-1/2 inches in height. I usually go between 2 and 2-1/2. Hope that helps a bit and if you wish an EASY way to separate into separate PNG files, MEGA-DOODLE INSPIRED has an AWESOME timesaver action that is my FAVE thus far!!!

Thank you SO, SO very much for your continued generosity in sharing SOOOOOO much of your TIME and TALENT with ALL of us. You create faster than I can download and unzip!!! LOVE the third installment of your HERITAGE BUTTONS!

You ROCK girlfriend!!!

BIG HUGS,
Linda :)

Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 27 Aug [LA 12:00am, NY 02:00am, UK 07:00am, OZ 05:00pm] ).

txbubbles said...

Love these styles! Thanks so much for sharing them.
Hugs,
Vicki in Texas

Hummie said...

I shared a link to your blog in my forums...I invite you to come and let us get to know you. and post future freebies in that thread too.

Thanks for the download...I don't play with many layer styles, but may try yours! Your CU is so generous

Hummie said...

Oh, and Lesson 3, Course 2 of my pdf tutorials on plug-ins also has instructions for installing layer styles.

elnorac said...

Thanks very much for the ripped cardboard layer styles, from one action addict to another. Grin. Love them!

Angela said...

great looking alpha thanks

Beth said...

LOVE the cardboard! Thanks so much!

Cauleen said...

Thanks for the GREAT set of goodies today. You are wonderful for sharing so much with us! Thanks again!

Charmed by Gorjuss said...

Thank bunches!

amber said...

Thanks so much! This torn cardboard is PERFECT for a new kit I'm working on! Love it! :)

Yanti said...

Thank you

Magnolia said...

Thank you! :)