Friday, November 21, 2008

One of the coolest online tools ever!

Today I happened to google "how to make a snowflake" in Photoshop because I figured there must be a filter that I can buy to make cool snowflakes since there are sooo many custom shapes, brushes, etc in snowflake shapes. Well better than purchasing a filter that I would have to install I found the coolest online FREE application that is so much fun I almost burned dinner playing with it. It is called Make-a-Flake and it is so easy my 4 year old can do it! You really must check it out. Here's what you do: go to the site and then choose to make your own snowflake. The next screen will show a piece of "paper" being folded and cut into a triangle. Then you take the virtual scissors and chop up your snowflake. Press "preview" and your flake will unfold. You then choose to cut some more or start over or save your flake. When you save it you can then download it as a jpeg or eps file, or you can email it to yourself or your friends (who will think you are a brilliant snowflake artist!) You can also go to the gallery and download any of the almost 2 MILLION snowflakes there! I created a bunch and downloaded a bunch and saved them as eps files which I then imported into CS3. I added layer styles to the flakes and saved them in png for you today. You can grab them if you like but I encourage you to make your own cool flakes! I read the TOU for the site and did not read anything about what you could or couldn't do with the flakes you create and the flakes you download from the gallery. I emailed the company in the TOU and it returned "undeliverable". I googled the site on the TOU and that company was bought by the Berkley company. Since I can't get any clarification I'm offering these as Personal/SFO/SFH if you want them. There are snowflakes in the gallery dating back to 2003 so many of you have probably played with this and it is old news, and if so I am sorry. But I just thought it was so much fun I wanted to share the link and tell ya all about it. OHHH, and I forgot to mention that I couldn't figure out how to save as an .eps in Internet Explorer so I used Mozilla Firefox and it worked like a charm! In IE, the screen says it is saving the flake but doesn't say where it is saving it. I couldn't find it anywhere so I don't think it was saved on my computer. Firefox told me it was downloaded and where it was downloaded to.
Now, you remember I mentioned that the Monster Truck Template was for my little buddy Connor, the boy genius who at 4 was teaching his mom a thing or two about Photoshop? Well Connor's mommy Lauren has emailed me Connor's latest creation. She added a few "aftermarket" parts to the Monster Truck and created a Police Monster Truck smashing a Police car. (?) Connor added his touches to the layout:
Connor's car crushing police monster truck copy
I love the smashed windshield! Lauren explained the colors represent the colors of their college team. (I wanna drive a purple police car! LOL). Her inspiration for this photo came from a drawing that Connor drew on a restaurant napkin. Here is the layout she made with his napkin - I LOVE IT!
connor's when i grow up copy
Credits: The drawing of course by Connor, the alpha and monster truck by me and the other elements by Gunhild. The texture for the fridge was by Pam. Lauren and Connor do not have a blog (I keep telling her she needs one!) It may be too late for Connor to read this tonight but leave him some love here and Lauren will pass it along tomorrow!


Anonymous said...

That is fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 21 Nov [LA 08:22pm, NY 11:22pm] - 22 Nov [UK 04:22am, OZ 03:22pm] ).

Carol said...

Hi Deb!
Love your stuff! The Make a Flake is fun. I also went looking for info re usage and found this...

lookandfeel does not claim ownership of Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the Service. However, with respect to Content you submit to lookandfeel, or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Service (such as "Make-a-Flake"), you grant lookandfeel the perpetual, irrevocable and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, sell, license, sublicense, reproduce, modify, create derivative work of, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display such Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such Content into other works in any format or medium now known or later developed.

So it looks like you have to grant permission to have your submissions used commercially. Do you think this means anyone can therefore use them?


Anonymous said...

love connors layout. hes one great and talented little boy.
thanks for the snowflake maker address, and the snowflakes.

Anonymous said...

Great snowflakes... going to check out the site. Sounds like a lot of fun. Thank you for sharing your creations with us.

Dianna said...

Thanks for the flakes. That little Connor is a riot!

Anonymous said...

Deb mentioned Connor teaching me a thing or two about Photoshop - she's not joking..

So here, published for the first time is "Connor's trick" (for those of you who knew this, sorry.) To make multiple layers visible/invisible, just hold the mouse down while dragging your mouse over all of the layers you want to make the opposite of what they are. Here I was thinking I could only do one at a time when Connor says "look, Mommy!"

Thanks for posting it, Deb, you'll make his day!

I played with the snowflakes - loads of fun, highly addictive, cures boredom AND the best part: no little tiny scraps to pick up!!

Thanks for the paper snowflakes, yours are a lot cuter than mine!

Ann said...

I have played with the make a flake before but never would have thought to use the snowflakes for scrapbooking. What a wonderful idea and your snowflakes are awesome

Shelly said...

You have given us some nifty sites, here are a few for you I have found and love.
it's a swatch color picker and library. you can make patterns on the site with your or other members swatches. you can make nifty word clouds.
you can make seemless patterns/backgrounds here.

I hope you get some use out of these :D

PattyKay said...

have seen the "make a flake" many years ago and I probably did burn my dinner :( ...will have to try this another time 4 I'm on a holiday trip and my decorations are just going to have to wait until I'm in the mood.
Connor has done a fantastic job and what a wonderful idea for using Pam's
frig should see my "mother-in-laws frig...nope-can't see any part of it with 10 granchildren :)

elenasworld said...

Wow! Those snowflakes are awesome!
I am going to have to check out that site -- thanks for the link